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Many books have been published in recent years on happiness. Ezra Bayda, a remarkably down-to-earth Zen teacher, believes that the happiness "boom" has been largely a bust for listeners. Why? Because it's precisely the pursuit of happiness that keeps us trapped in cycles of dissatisfaction and suffering. In Beyond Happiness, Bayda draws on Zen teachings to question our conventional notions about what happiness is and where we can find it. Most of us seek happiness in things that are external to us. We imagine that getting more money, a better relationship, or going on a nice vacation will finally make us happy. But Bayda shows us that the deepest and most lasting form of happiness does not rely on external circumstance at all. Bayda offers Zen insights and practices that point listeners toward the true sources of lasting happiness: mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and generosity.

©2010 Erza Bayda (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • 01-03-2020

Life Changing

Life Changing. Not a self-help naïf or Zen newbie. I am a psychiatrist so I have sampled the menu in depth. With my own path including relationship failures, chronic pain due to criminal injury, professional disappointments, major financial theft and injustice, THIS book together with a renewed relationship with Jesus has played a key role in finding a place of happiness that I had long sense thought forever out of reach. Highly recommended. I listen to sections of it repeatedly. I listen to it when the wolves come at 3 am and keep me awake.

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  • John
  • 28-09-2018

Changed my Life -Simple to Understand

At times, books on Zen or meditation have strong over-tones of Spirituality, this book does not. It is perfect for those individuals with a more intellectual or logical approach to life or work. I particularly enjoyed the narrator's voice and have enjoyed listening to this book 4 times in the past 2 months during a very difficult time in my life when I needed to find methods to quiet too many thoughts and worries leading to anxiety. I highly recommend Beyond Happiness for those seeking a better understanding of why you might be unhappy. I could sum it up in one sentence, but it would ruin your opportunity to learn for yourself, which means so much more.

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  • Mike S. Dembesky
  • 31-01-2021

Zen Straight Forward, Everything Included.

Excellent book & the author is very intelligent & witty. He takes you into the life & normal struggles that a hardcore zen buddhist practitioner faces. He doesnt hold back either. Learn more about how to apply zen to everyday, modern life & get some good laughs along the way.

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  • Mud D. Farmer
  • 20-02-2017

Wake up

Where was this wisdom in my elementary education? Thank you for allowing me to find this...

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  • Christy
  • 26-03-2022

Life Altering

I was looking for anger manegement books and something in the summary caught my eye along with the reviews from readers. This book is the gift that keeps on giving.

The author gives real examples that fit me (or that I have experienced or witnessed) and it is presented in a manner that I, as an Atheist, did not have to overcome any obstacles around spirituality in order to benefit from it.

I will be listening to this one often as I work through my personal baggage and get to know myself and not just my thinking mind.

Note: I did download this from the plus catalog via my membership plan. I want to say thank you to Audible for including quality content in the plus catalog and not just one hour teaser books.

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  • 19-04-2018

Great Read

This book offers simple practical tools that are easy to apply and understand to achieve happiness.

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  • seikeda
  • 28-12-2021

Right book right time

This book came into my life at the right time. It helped me realize that having control isn’t a path to happiness. I wish the author would talk more about how to stay with and overcome thoughts and feelings but I guess I’ll just have to work on it myself and trust the process.

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  • 16-11-2021

Great energy

This is a great read with great energy. I have recommended this book to several family members. Highly recommend this book to anyone who feels down and unhappy and can’t quite figure out why.

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  • Harold Rivera
  • 22-08-2019

Stop struggling and start living

Powerful, insightful, and gets to the core of happiness. A must for all seeking the inner path.

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  • Tony G. Rocco
  • 03-02-2019

A Spiritual Masterpiece

Ezra’s book is beautifully written and read. Zen is often seen as inscrutable and mysterious, but Ezra presents its essence clearly and connects its practice with everyday life. A most accessible book, although nonetheless provocative, as it challenges our root assumptions about the true nature of happiness.

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  • 18-09-2019

Great help

Immensely helpful, wise, practical. A true eye opener
Immensely helpful, wise, practical. A true eye opener

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  • Thamesis
  • 28-12-2021

A compassionate, truly helpful book.

Ezra Bayda gently and kindly shows you a way out of life’s anxiety, anger and resentments. I have read many Buddhist-based books and I think this is one of the most practical.

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