Beyond Happiness

The Zen Way to True Contentment
Narrated by: Tom Pile
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Many books have been published in recent years on happiness. Ezra Bayda, a remarkably down-to-earth Zen teacher, believes that the happiness "boom" has been largely a bust for listeners. Why? Because it's precisely the pursuit of happiness that keeps us trapped in cycles of dissatisfaction and suffering. In Beyond Happiness, Bayda draws on Zen teachings to question our conventional notions about what happiness is and where we can find it. Most of us seek happiness in things that are external to us. We imagine that getting more money, a better relationship, or going on a nice vacation will finally make us happy. But Bayda shows us that the deepest and most lasting form of happiness does not rely on external circumstance at all. Bayda offers Zen insights and practices that point listeners toward the true sources of lasting happiness: mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and generosity.

©2010 Erza Bayda (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Changed my Life -Simple to Understand

At times, books on Zen or meditation have strong over-tones of Spirituality, this book does not. It is perfect for those individuals with a more intellectual or logical approach to life or work. I particularly enjoyed the narrator's voice and have enjoyed listening to this book 4 times in the past 2 months during a very difficult time in my life when I needed to find methods to quiet too many thoughts and worries leading to anxiety. I highly recommend Beyond Happiness for those seeking a better understanding of why you might be unhappy. I could sum it up in one sentence, but it would ruin your opportunity to learn for yourself, which means so much more.

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Wake up

Where was this wisdom in my elementary education? Thank you for allowing me to find this...

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  • 04-19-18

Great Read

This book offers simple practical tools that are easy to apply and understand to achieve happiness.

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Life Changing

Life Changing. Not a self-help naïf or Zen newbie. I am a psychiatrist so I have sampled the menu in depth. With my own path including relationship failures, chronic pain due to criminal injury, professional disappointments, major financial theft and injustice, THIS book together with a renewed relationship with Jesus has played a key role in finding a place of happiness that I had long sense thought forever out of reach. Highly recommended. I listen to sections of it repeatedly. I listen to it when the wolves come at 3 am and keep me awake.

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Stop struggling and start living

Powerful, insightful, and gets to the core of happiness. A must for all seeking the inner path.

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A Spiritual Masterpiece

Ezra’s book is beautifully written and read. Zen is often seen as inscrutable and mysterious, but Ezra presents its essence clearly and connects its practice with everyday life. A most accessible book, although nonetheless provocative, as it challenges our root assumptions about the true nature of happiness.

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audible provides a very detail account of whats ha

Audible provides a very detail sccount of whats happiness and how to obtain it. I wish it would have mention how to deal with people trying to take abvantage of you.

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A practical approach to happiness

An easy to follow approach to genuine happiness rooted in the true nature of humanity.

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Great help

Immensely helpful, wise, practical. A true eye opener Immensely helpful, wise, practical. A true eye opener