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Well, I’m not sure about you, but I seem to have reached a stage where there is nothing I want more in life, where nothing holds a higher value to me than to be happy. It is the one insatiable desire that I feel is worth pursuing. Material things just don’t seem to hold the same importance that they used to, and I feel almost a total detachment from just about anything that is not contributing to my well being.
So here we have a book written by the current Dalai Lama, head of what is considered one of the most spiritual countries on earth, Tibet. If his demeanour is anything to go by I think we’ve got the right man. Have you ever seen him with anything less than a smile on his face, he always seems to be happy, and this happiness seems to affect everyone he comes in contact with.
Having read the ‘Art of Happiness’ book I know he has some secret truths to share about a happy fulfilling life… Please enjoy!
The Art of Happiness Summary
This book conceptualises and determines that the true purpose of life is happiness, not mere struggle and survival as most of us know life to be. This happiness that Dalai Lama talks about has everything to do with our minds and has nothing whatsoever to do with circumstances, situations or events outside of ourselves.
Having reached our basic survival needs we need to look beyond to find peace within. This is a true possibility. The Dalai Lama looks at and explains systematic training we can undertake in order to lift and rewire our heart and minds experiencing our true being, and build a tower of happiness
The book is based on 2500 years of Buddhist culture and practices dealing with difficulties common to all human beings. Including random day to day depression, fear, anxiety, anger and jealousy.
It’s writings also delve into relationships, with ourselves, the family, work along with our health and well being. The book offers a way to see obstacles for what they are, to move through and beyond these so-called dramas in a deep state of inner peace.
Whatever state you find yourself in right now, we have all been there. However, we can cross through the boundaries of damaging thoughts, beliefs and tradition giving us the opportunity to have and experience a new place beyond the current barriers, a place far removed from lifes current experiential problem.
The word ‘Dalai Lama’ simply means the Spiritual Head of Tibetan Buddhism. The current 14th Dalai Lama is considered by many to be the world’s greatest spiritual leader. In this wonderful book ‘The Art of Happiness’ he works alongside a leading psychiatrist for the first time and explains how he and many others have achieved the level of serenity that we all aspire to. The meeting of Buddhism, with its meditations and stories, combined with western psychiatry, makes for an immensely interesting and absorbing read.
Part 1. The Purpose of Life
- The Right to Happiness
- The Sources of happiness
- Training the Mind for Happiness
- Reclaiming our Innate State of Happiness
- A New Model for Intimacy
- Deepening Our Connection to Others
- The Values and Benefits of Compassion
Part 3. Transforming Suffering
- Facing Suffering
- Self Created Suffering
- Shifting Perspective
- Finding Meaning in Pain and Suffering
- Overcoming Obstacles
- Bringing about Change
- Dealing with Anger and Hatred
- Dealing with Anxiety and Building Self Esteem
Part 5. Closing Reflections on Living a Spiritual Life
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So there you have it from the Master. the worlds foremost teacher of spiritual well being. As you can see from the chapters, the book covers many aspects of everyday life. When you put into practice the principles of this book you are going to see drastic changes in both your emotional well being and also your perception of life. This book certainly has my highest recommendation and you can purchase it right here right now.
With Warmest Regards and a Heartfelt Smile,