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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.

Critic Reviews

"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

abridged!

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

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • C
  • Aspen, CO, United States
  • 12-16-08

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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!!

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Accessible lesson in modern language

I've read many Buddhist and Hindu texts, but none have come close to this in terms of readability. Mingyar presents a very accessible set of instructions and insights written modern language with examples that most of us can relate to. There's no riddles, no hidden secrets, or unrealistic claims...just simple, easy to follow lessons.

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Practical wisdom for every day life

This is an audiobook I will come back to again and again I may have to get the print version which is unabridged.

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Worthwhile

Some interesting ideas about brain and mind; science and spirituality. I found it a tad light on practical tips, and a bit heavy on the supernatural towards the end. Still a worthwhile listen!

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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.

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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.

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I did not realize this was abridged.

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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

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Simply wonderful!

I fell on love with compassionate narrative voice! Content worth listening over and over again! Loved it!

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  • Ben
  • 05-26-10

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.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-27-18

enjoyable

liked this book. Easy to listen to the readers voice. Good information and interesting. Glad I picked it

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  • Samual Jackson
  • 05-02-17

life changing wisdom

This is an amazing book. I have read it and now its also become a daily listen to prepare you for whatever life throws at you. Very well read and thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Alex Burbidge
  • 08-06-16

Great insight into mediation with science

This book make you feel that anything is possible and without striving too much. I do the headspace app daily practice and this book gave me some new ideas and background into mindfulness.

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  • Sally
  • 12-28-12

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-18

A must read for every human.

If we all followed this simple path there would be no pain and suffering on this planet. I will try get my kids to listen to this audio book.

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  • Julius
  • 01-19-17

Powerful!!!

Incredible audiobook. Offers interesting scientific parallels to Buddhist practice in a very accessible manner whilst retaining good depth. A must read for anyone interested in meditation, Neuroscience, or the potential of the human mind.