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In this unique and important book, one of the world's great spiritual leaders offers his practical wisdom and advice on how we can overcome everyday human problems and achieve lasting happiness. 

The Art of Happiness is a highly accessible guide for a Western audience, combining the Dalai Lama's Eastern spiritual tradition with Dr Howard C. Cutler's Western perspective. Covering all key areas of human experience, they apply the principles of Tibetan Buddhism to everyday problems and reveal how one can find balance and complete spiritual and mental freedom. For the many who wish to understand more about the Dalai Lama's approach to living, there has never been a book which brings his beliefs so vividly into the real world. 

©1999 The Dalai Lama (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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art of compassion

a lovely masterpiece, a keen guide to try to be happy here and now, total recomendation

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  • Antonio
  • 01-13-20

The Delai Lama is a Beautiful Soul

I really enjoyed the book, read well and full of great information from many perspectives. What I truly love about this book is that reading it from a Christian perspective the Delai Lama is very accepting and surprisingly encouraging in my faith.

God Bless him and may he have a peaceful and loving life.

The greatest piece of information I have taken away from this book is, True enlightened beings live to help and create peace for all sentient life, meaning they do no support animal suffering but rather make it their goal to create peace and love for all life forms on earth. Such a beautiful message and one I will love by... I haven't eaten meat for 2 years and this book has encouraged me to never do it again.

Have a great day. 5*

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  • Maggie_sunny
  • 12-31-19

I'm more happy than I was before reading it

Excellent book of ways for happiness 😀 just read it 😀😀😀 I'm calmer and more peaceful and I wish future readers the same 😀

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  • Anonymous
  • 03-02-20

ABSOLUTE CODSWALLOP.

It’s 98% dumb questions and dull, unintelligent interpretations by Howard Cutler and 2% words of wisdom by the Dalai Lama. I genuinely think the Dalai Lama was getting pissed off with him throughout the interviews. I could only manage a third of the book and felt a bit conned.

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  • Malin
  • 01-29-20

It has it’s moments but it is mostly about the author him self.

There are som interesting insights but the author seems more interested in formulating clever questions to Dalai Lama than the answers.

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  • katentoby
  • 03-02-19

Inspirational

I might listen a second time as I loved it so much. Some great insights and guidance for life.

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  • Josh
  • 01-11-19

fantastic, logical, wisdom on attaining happiness

An eloquent distillation of ancient wisdom into modern logical understanding, woven into an easy to read and entertaining story - fantastic.

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  • CVG
  • 02-12-20

Made me happier

Brilliant book, which has helped me look at certain situations differently and judge others more kindly.

I can’t wait to listen again, thank you for helping me look at happiness, others and myself differently.

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  • Maria C.
  • 10-02-19

inspiring

great book. very positive and good read. gives you a sense of comfort. inspires you to meditate and give it a try.

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  • GA
  • 09-13-19

Good book to listen to

Good advice particularly on relationships and anxiety. I enjoyed the narrator' story telling and he was able to capture the essence of the stories and conversations.

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  • Jon
  • 02-15-20

amazing book.....loved it

what a great insightful book into how to be happy!! surely what life is all about!!

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  • Mertle
  • 09-08-18

only brushes the surface

I was expecting a little more from this book. This book only touches on very basic Buddhist principles. While I did like the way these principals were broken down with real life examples I found myself frustrated with the line of questioning hoping that the author would choose deeper philosophical questions when faced with someone as insightful as the Dalai Lama. I would recommend reading one of the Dalai Lamas many books rather than this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-18

boring

You cant tell when the narrator is reading dialogue. His tone is monotonous.
The author has way too basic understanding to interview the Dalai Lama. Not as profound as I was anticipating :(

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-18

sent me to sleep

Sorry this was too boring. Maybe it was the format , maybe the narration, but it put me to sleep 3 times. I couldn't even get halfway through.

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  • Roshan R.
  • 10-03-18

Arrgorant white guy interviews Delia lama

This book is just a interview of Dalal lama by a pompous white fool, the only part I enjoyed was how a small Indian boy conned him out of money

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-21

Life Changing Book

Great book, truly life changing and inspiring. It’s a great self-help book and without cliches very realistic, helpful and grounding.

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  • Alexander Kadiric
  • 10-09-20

adore this book

Already read it & yet: Book so nice I bought it twice. Can't wait to read the sequel(s)!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-20

An insight into D L, but very pro christian author

Clearly Budism has helped the Dali Lama stay calm and positive. And Budism practice has provided a foundation for mindfulness meditation. But to interrogate the Dali Lama for answers about mental health issues is a bit outside his skill & to conclude that all faiths are helpful for humanity is a bit naive & not supported by science. Read Sam Harris for a more honest perspective.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-20

Wonderful book. Highly recommend.

This is just such a beautiful book. I highly recommend it to anyone to listen to.

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  • Samantha
  • 09-23-19

Worth the read.

The Dalai Lama's statements on habits that can make us deeply happy (and thus peaceful, compassionate and ultimately better human beings) are simple, clear, true and to be treasured.
The book is mostly presented as interviews or meetings between a Western Psychologist named Howard Cutler and the Dalai Lama. I found some of the questions by Howard Cutler to be a bit silly and frustrating at times. Would love to read a book on happiness written soley by the Dalai Lama.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-19

Easy listen with good content

A fair bit of information to take in and I found the different perspective enlightening. It was an easy listen for me. Relating stories to real life examples was great.