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Happiness Audiobook

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

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Publisher's Summary

A molecular biologist turned Buddhist monk demonstrates how to develop the inner conditions for true happiness.

Never has happiness as an emotional and physical state of being been so widely discussed. Matthieu Ricard is one of the most compelling voices on the subject, and one of the few who can bring together the teachings of eastern and western thought. In this accessible new work, Ricard provides a straightforward assessment of how to create true and lasting happiness. He addresses the pursuit of a meaningful life at its most fundamental level - the strengthening of the inner conditions that lead to genuine happiness. Ricard helps readers form new patterns of interaction with themselves and with the larger world, working toward happiness step by step, starting with 20 minutes of daily mind training and meditation.

©2007 Matthieu Ricard; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing

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    Luke 05/03/2016
    Luke 05/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "good but sweeping generalizations"

    Beautifully read, and interesting material, but sometimes it seemed fall into platitudes. Still worth hearing.

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  • Nicki
    19/01/10
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    "Life Changing"

    Matthieu Ricard has structured an absolute foundation that will enable the listener or reader to look into the deepest levels of their spirit. He disassembles the barriers that so many people believe are common place for daily existence. I found the book to be "sacred" in the truest sense--my audio experience led to a hardback copy that is soiled by constant use as a daily guide to unfetter the emotional and illogical chains that defer and deteriorate genuine existence.

    "Happiness" is the most meaningful book I have ever read. Do not embark on its pages if you are not willing to look at your life and the world around you through a totally different lens. Likewise, if you are willing to delve into a spiritual process that frames change, life, and literally each breath you take into an experience of profound meaning, then listen to this book. It is a wellspring that you will return to on a daily basis.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Liviu
    Bucharest, Romania
    5/01/11
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    "More science than you think, it makes you think"

    It's a book that makes you think, it had an impact on me and often think about what I've read in it. I was afraid it was going to go into religion, Matthieu Ricard being a Buddhist monk, after all, but it keeps as far away as he can from doing that. It's a great read for anybody interested in happiness.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shahrad Milanfar
    21/09/10
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    "Fantastic"

    This is a fantastic book. The content and message are direct and easy to digest. Humphrey Bower should narrate every book. It really is true that, with audio books, the narrator makes or breaks the experience. I highly recommend this audio book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • William
    san antonio, TX, USA
    18/07/10
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    "Happiness"

    It's truly been a God-send to me. When I get out of focus with my thinking, it brings me back. I go to it all the time.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Glenn
    Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
    2/10/11
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    "Excellent audio on happiness"

    One of the top books I have listened to on happiness. He defines what happiness is from the Buddhist perspective while taking into account western thought. This definition includes what happiness is not. Many of his arguments are supported by everyday observations that you can relate to. He views happiness as a skill and includes actions one can try during and summarized at the end of the audio. This will be an audio I listen to again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    9/07/11
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    "an interesting read"

    This was an interesting book and quite informative. Unfortunately it wasn't quite what I expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Bedford, IN, United States
    25/07/10
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    "Unhappy"

    He spent the first 35 minutes telling how privledged he had been and how wonderful he was. It made me feel unhappy. Hard to listen to his message after that.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Oskar's Mom
    Tucson, AZ
    4/12/08
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    "Disappointed"

    I found it really boring and never listened to the second in the series.

    10 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Gibson
    31/07/10
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    "not impressed"

    a little to self rightous, kind of like audible's "15 word minimum" for writing a view. my opinion is summed up in the first 5 word..

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Lyle
    Longmont, CO, United States
    22/11/11
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    "How we see our dream"

    A good way to accomplish our most universal goal, and enjoy the journey of life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Kim G.
    15/01/16
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    "Biased"

    Inspiring book. Great narrator. Definitively worth listening to. However, stay away from it if you meditation doesn't work for you. This books only answer to developing happiness is meditation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    3/02/16
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    "Kind of useless"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    While the book as good in general I find some of the advise useless in todays age for most 'normal' people.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lexxie
    13/12/15
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    "Excellent"

    Such a calming audiobook. One that I intent to return to over and over again.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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