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The Art of Happiness | [His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler]

The Art of Happiness

The Dalai Lama will tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there has always been the question. With the help of a psychiatrist, he now gets the message across in a context we can easily understand.
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Publisher's Summary

The Dalai Lama is probably one of the only people who, if you ask him if he's happy, even though he's suffered the loss of his country, will give you an unconditional "yes." What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and the "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there has always been the question. He's tried to answer it before, but he's never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand.

Through meditation, stories, and the meeting of Buddhism and psychology, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, or just an ordinary bad mood. He discusses relationships, health, family, work, and spirituality to show us how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep, abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations and with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a program that crosses the boundaries of all traditions to help listeners with the difficulties common to all human beings.

©1998 His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D., All Rights Reserved; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster, Inc.; SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"... this is one of the best how-to books a reader will ever find." (Booklist)
"[It]is not only an excellent supplement to daily self-awareness practices, it is also an indispensable educational tool." (AudioFile)

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    C. Campbell Bakersfield, CA 02-12-13
    C. Campbell Bakersfield, CA 02-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Can't complain.

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    "Short & Sweet"

    The format is really great. It consists of Howard Cutler asking general questions to Tenzin Gyatso (the Dalai Lama) on topics of happiness, suffering, handling anger etc.

    He makes some really great points about how the secret to most problems is how you think about them, not solve them.

    This was the first book I've read by Tenzin Gyatso, I plan on reading more.

    The end gets a little silly. He claims the "purpose of religion" is to help us with life. He goes on to say you should pick your religion based on how it fits. Completely ridiculous. Religion is reducible to a set of beliefs, which in turn are essentially claims about reality. Claims about reality are either true or false, and the idea that we "pick" which ideas "fit us" as opposed to accept ideas that are closer to truth is absurd.

    Otherwise really great listen.

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    Peter Washington, DC, USA 06-23-03
    Peter Washington, DC, USA 06-23-03
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    "The Art of Happiness is not Psychoanalysis"

    I was looking for a book with insight; instead i received, a psychological banter, circling and backlighting a very spiritual guide. Are we who live in the early 21st century, so dense to the spiritualization of thought, that we need synthetic thinkers to interpret, psychologically speaking?

    My question would actually be, do we need the frosted glass of pseudo-Freudian thought to see the truth of snow, through that glass more clearly? Who is viewed and what is viewing in the book is so confusing and contrary in thought, that for minutes i began to seek a paradox within the attempt to co-join Western and Eastern philosophy.

    We are not philosphers or great spiritual thinkers if we succumb to basic psycho-rhetoric, for this rhetoric cannot proscribe or inscribe the beauty of holiness. It rings false and unctious.....stay away from this tome! Choose to read more primary texts and less secondary source materials -- like this one.

    13 of 93 people found this review helpful
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