The Art of Happiness has become the classic guide to the Dalai Lama's enlightened approach to living. In this inspirational new volume, the unique collaboration between the Dalai Lama and the highly respected scholar Howard Cutler returns with a practical application of Tibetan Buddhist spiritual values to the stressful and demanding world we all live in today.
With the Dalai Lama's trademark warmth and humour and Cutler's penetrating mind, the result is a wise approach to dealing with human problems that is both optimistic and realistic, even in the most challenging times.
©2009 Dalai Lama; (P)2009 Random House
I read many books by the Dalai Lama and each one I find more and more fascinating. When I first started readying his books I thought he was a bit nuts. However, 10 years later I'm reading new books by him with others help and re-reading old ones. I'm finding that he's not nuts at all. In-fact if the world leaders would just listen to him then we wouldn't have half the wars going on or the undeclared wars going on! I find his advice here about getting over depression by getting out in the community to be very true. I tried this a year ago and it worked. Several people I've met tried this same solution and met with great success. One person told me without even know what the Dalai Lama had said. They were told by their physiologist to get out and mingle with people. They were able to get off all their meds. I found all the information useful and found it applicable in my life. I recommend this book and all the rest in the series.
I had not read/heard the other "Art of Happiness" books, so that may be the issue here - but this book is not what I thought, and I did not find it to be very enjoyable.
Most importantly, I did not find the narration to be well done. Perhaps I was spoiled by "American On Purpose" where Craig Ferguson expertly reads his own book. That was brilliant. This book, on the other hand, is monotonous - literally.
The book is really the work of Howard Cutler, with some very brief comments drawn from interviews with the Dalai Lama. Mr. Cutler has knitted together a lengthy discussion from precious little real input from His Holiness.
Hopefully the other "Art of Happiness" books are better. Definitely don't start with this one.
This is the first book in a year of listening that I didn't finish. The narrator is droning & pedantic. I can't tell if it's the writing style or the narration that is really killing me but it's rather like being in you least favorite class at school. Goes to show that you can ruin even the most facinating topics with bad presentaion.
I just wanted and waited till the end to hear something new.....just doesn't offer any thing more than what most religious say.
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