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The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness | [Yongey Mingyur, Eric Swanson]

The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness

In this groundbreaking book, world-renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche invites us to join him in unlocking the secrets behind the practice of meditation. With an infectious joy and insatiable curiosity, he weaves together the principles of Tibetan Buddhism, neuroscience, and quantum physics in a way that will forever change the way we understand the human experience.
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Publisher's Summary

For millennia, Buddhists have enjoyed the limitless benefits of meditation. But how does it work?

In this groundbreaking book, world-renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche invites us to join him in unlocking the secrets behind the practice of meditation. With an infectious joy and insatiable curiosity, he weaves together the principles of Tibetan Buddhism, neuroscience, and quantum physics in a way that will forever change the way we understand the human experience. Using the basic meditation practices he provides, we can discover paths through everyday problems, transforming obstacles into opportunities to recognize the unlimited potential of our own minds.

With an introduction by co-author Eric Swanson, The Joy of Living is a stunning breakthrough, an illuminating vision of the science of Buddhism and a handbook for transforming our minds, bodies, and lives.

©2007 Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This book is a fresh breath from the meditation room, written with kindness, energy, and wit. Three cheers for a cheerful contemplative." (Publishers Weekly)

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    John lyme, NH, USA 12-09-07
    John lyme, NH, USA 12-09-07
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    "abridged!"

    This is a great, great book. Unfortunately this audio version is severly abridged. Better to read the print version.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    C Aspen, CO, United States 12-16-08
    C Aspen, CO, United States 12-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent book about awareness"

    A book for people interested in the nature of reality. Concise, scientifically oriented and spiritual at the same time. Easy to listen to but requires attention.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel BEAVERTON, OR, United States 01-09-12
    Daniel BEAVERTON, OR, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An easy, engaging listen with surprising insights."
    What did you love best about The Joy of Living?

    Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche makes what is often an exotic and esoteric subject very accesible thanks to his familiarity with Western culture and concerns.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rinpoche illustrates the basic points of Tibeten Buddhism and meditation practice with his own life experiences... which really are interesting and engaging.


    What about Eric Swanson and Jason Scott Campbell ’s performance did you like?

    The read is natural, well-paced, and unaffected.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Naga Balaji Vienna, VA, USA 07-07-09
    Naga Balaji Vienna, VA, USA 07-07-09
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    "Mindful selection for Mindfulness"

    - Provides easy access to mindfulness.
    - Changes perception on mindfulness.
    - provokes clear insight into mindfulness.
    - overall, great and nice book to learn mindfulness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fraser BoroniaHeights, QLD, Australia 01-07-08
    Fraser BoroniaHeights, QLD, Australia 01-07-08
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    "The Joy of Living"

    This is a book that needs to be listened to more then once. Great book for those who are aware and for those who are seeking.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Peters 07-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you listen to The Joy of Living again? Why?

    Yes, I have already listened to it twice. It has had such a great impact on my life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Yongey Mingyur


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I suffer from anxiety. I would wake up every morning at 5:30 am on the dot with anxiety for no reason. The 'monkey mind" wanted to take over. This book has helped me almost totally cut out those attacks and the ones I still have are shortened by his techniques/meditation. This book and Yongey Mingyur are a life saver.


    Any additional comments?

    These practices work even for those who are not "spiritual" like myself. It has lead to my continued reading by other authors on the subject. I could never express how much this has helped and changed my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nadia Baltic, CT, United States 07-31-13
    Nadia Baltic, CT, United States 07-31-13
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    "Amazing!"
    If you could sum up The Joy of Living in three words, what would they be?

    Many "Aha" moments !


    What did you like best about this story?

    The connections between science and spirituality were the best I've ever heard!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. I finished it in two days!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Nagle colorado springs, CO USA 09-03-12
    Michelle Nagle colorado springs, CO USA 09-03-12
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    "The Joy of Moving Beyond Limitation"
    If you could sum up The Joy of Living in three words, what would they be?

    Free from suffering


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Joy of Living?

    The support that Yongey received from the Tibetan Buddhis Community.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Swanson and Jason Scott Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Would have liked Youngey to have focused more on "how to meet all these aspects of mind", more then the scientific part, and I realize that some folks want their minds to understand, more then they want the actual liberation of a teaching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Ringgold Jones Los Angeles, Ca, United States 12-19-11
    Martha Ringgold Jones Los Angeles, Ca, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I did not realize this was abridged."
    Any additional comments?

    I am just now seeing that this was the abridged version. I feel like I still learned significantly about Buddhist mindfulness and meditation and what I learned was presented in a way that I could easy implement these ideas in my life. No, I am not Buddhist or interested in converting.

    I have practiced some of the suggested

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Ben
    Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    5/26/10
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    "The Joy of living"

    This book is the first audiobook on Buddhist teachings I have tried.
    While some books I have read (and subsequently re-read!) can be heavy going, I found this book to be remarkably refreshing.
    The author uses simple methods to convey his meanings and while makes things easy to understand, does not oversimplify the subject.
    Some sections seem hard to grasp first time around, but upon relistening I found the subject very enlightrning indeed. In fact I had to rewind much less than I have had to re-read other books on the subject.

    A good starting point for anyone who wants to know about Buddhist teachings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
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    12/28/12
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    "Brilliant book"

    I have read and listened to this book and even given a copy to my children and some friends. I think it contains fundamental information for living a peaceful, happy life in a realistic way. The evidence is produced for meditation in ways that are straightforward and easy to take on board. It is one of my 'lifetime best' books - cant recommend it highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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