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How can we expect to find happiness and meaning in our lives when the modern world seems like such a truly unhappy place?

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

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A great look at what is really going on in the wor

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.

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Not what I expected?

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.

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Too much Cutler and way too little Dalai Lama.
Almost sounded like Cutler thought he was smarter than the Dalai Lama.
Much more western science than eastern wisdom.

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For those that want Happiness in their lives

This book explained a lot. I enjoyed it very much. Well worth it if you are seeking some answers around happiness.

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Couldn't do it....

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.

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I’m extremely upset and disappointed that this is not downloading. I got as far as it starting the second chapter then nothing. Now it won’t even download the first chapter. Totally unacceptable by anyone’s standards. Don’t bother purchasing because you’ll also be let down when you realize it narrated and no actual speaking from the Dalai Lama

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Cooperation of Two Worlds

Combining the scientific minded Cutler with the spiritual Dalai Lama creates a grand adventure into happiness.

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very inspirational, spiritual

i got so much out of reading this. i want to re listen and buy the book

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enjoyable and thought provoking

loved it, so much to take in, I'll be listening to it again, maybe several times!

thank you for sharing with the world

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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The first book, the Art of Happiness is an incredible book. It is full of insights from the Dalai Lama and interpreted by the author. This new book is mostly the author opining his views of what makes for a troubled world with occasional nods to his holiness.

What do you think your next listen will be?

husbands secret

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marc Cashman?

Cashman was okay but Uma Thurmonds dad has a far more spirtual voice.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no. The original was wonderfull. I couldnt stand listing to the whole thing and shut it off.

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