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Download The Art of Happiness A Handbook for Living mobi ä 336 pages À Dalai Lama XIV Å Nearly every time you see him he's laughing or at least smiling And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling He's the Dalai Lama the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet a Nobel Prize E Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day to day anxiety insecurity anger and discouragement Together with Dr Cutler he explores many facets of everyday life including relationships loss and the pursuit of wealth to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner pea DNF 15%I mistakenly thought this was a book by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is listed as one of the authors or the only authors in some book databases but it is not This book was written by Howard C Cutler a psychiatrist who spent one week with the Dalai Lama and then used his interviews with the Dalai Lama as a basis for this bookNow once I found out that I was mislead by the book I still wanted to read on and see what the author had to say Unfortunately I was uickly put off by two in my opinion major logical flaws in the construction of the book's premise1 The author provides the following motivation behind writing the book When I initially conceived of this book I envisioned a conventional self help format in which the Dalai Lama would present clear and simple solutions to all life’s problems I felt that using my background in psychiatry I could codify his views in a set of easy instructions on how to conduct one’s daily life By the end of our series of meetings I had given up on that idea I found that his approach encompassed a much broader and complex paradigm incorporating all the nuance richness and complexity that life has to offerYou see my problem is that the Dalai Lama's books speeches and other communications are pretty easy to understand He has a particular skill to explain complex issues in simple terms but then simplicity is one of the essential elements in his way of lifeThe other issue I had with the author's statement is that I find the approach of trying to create a dogma from a Buddhist point of view a rather ridiculous idea If there ever was a spritual teaching whose essence is that it is wholly un dogmatic and un codified it would be Buddhism but then maybe I am just getting the wrong end of the stick 2 The author's approach in this book is to try and combine Western science with the Dalai Lama's interpretationsteachings Again this is a flawed approach when early on in the book the author includes the following uotation In trying to determine the source of one’s problems it seems that the Western approach differs in some respects from the Buddhist approach Underlying all Western modes of analysis is a very strong rationalistic tendency – an assumption that everything can be accounted for And on top of that there are constraints created by certain premises that are taken for grantedBasically the Dalai Lama tried to explain that a Western approach which is mostly based on science is restricted in its understanding of the human condition So why the author tries to combine or back up the topics discussed from a Buddhist perspective in this book with references to Western scientific research for which he often does not cite sources is totally beyond meCan't recommend this at all

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Se of life and that the very motion of our life is towards happiness How to get there has always been the uestion He's tried to answer it before but he's never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand Through conversations stories and meditations th The Moms was watching a movie that was so filled with awkward and embarrassing social interaction that I cast desperately about me for something else to do Near at hand was The Art of Happiness by Dolly and some doctor guy I picked it up and began to read I'm about half way through guess I'm 50% enlightened and it's really uite good Except for the parts that are stupid or wrong The problem is not so much what the Big D has to say but the doctor guy's interpretation or amplification That's the problem with amplification there can be a lot of distortion which can sound really cool if your Jimi Hendrix otherwise not so much He makes what I feel are some pretty feeble attempts to support the assertions with scientific studies in pseudo sciences like psychology sociology and neurology Isn't it enough that it's true? Do you have to have proof as well? The proof is in the pudding and the world would be a pretty tasty place if everyone implemented the best parts of the ideas expressed in this book How was that for a strained analogy? You don't have to be a Buddhist to get some really good stuff out of this book Which is good because I HATE cows

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The Art of Happiness A Handbook for LivingNearly every time you see him he's laughing or at least smiling And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling He's the Dalai Lama the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet a Nobel Prize winner and an increasingly popular speaker and statesman What's he'll tell you that happiness is the purpo I first read this book as a freshman in high school but I've read it again at least twice I'm not sure how it initially started but I've always been fascinated by the Dalai Lama of Tibet The I read about him the I'm in awe of him While I recommend reading his biography first this specific book is about the concept of happiness and how we attain it It's not a self help book but rather a book about how the Dalai Lama believes that people inheritantly have the ability to find happiness but we obstruct it with our immaterial and superficial beliefs It made me realize how much society corrupts people's values On a personal level it made me re evaluate my life and my values I was also amazed at how much his beliefs correlate with Native American traditional beliefs This is one of those few books that I find myself re opening from time to time