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The Art of Happiness

A Handbook for Living
Narrated by: Kris Dyer
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (94 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In this unique and important book, one of the world's great spiritual leaders offers his practical wisdom and advice on how we can overcome everyday human problems and achieve lasting happiness. 

The Art of Happiness is a highly accessible guide for a Western audience, combining the Dalai Lama's Eastern spiritual tradition with Dr Howard C. Cutler's Western perspective. Covering all key areas of human experience, they apply the principles of Tibetan Buddhism to everyday problems and reveal how one can find balance and complete spiritual and mental freedom. For the many who wish to understand more about the Dalai Lama's approach to living, there has never been a book which brings his beliefs so vividly into the real world. 

©1999 The Dalai Lama (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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sent me to sleep

Sorry this was too boring. Maybe it was the format , maybe the narration, but it put me to sleep 3 times. I couldn't even get halfway through.

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Arrgorant white guy interviews Delia lama

This book is just a interview of Dalal lama by a pompous white fool, the only part I enjoyed was how a small Indian boy conned him out of money

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great read

I loved the sentiment of this book. be kind, to yourself and others, don't judge and remember we are all human beings.

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only brushes the surface

I was expecting a little more from this book. This book only touches on very basic Buddhist principles. While I did like the way these principals were broken down with real life examples I found myself frustrated with the line of questioning hoping that the author would choose deeper philosophical questions when faced with someone as insightful as the Dalai Lama. I would recommend reading one of the Dalai Lamas many books rather than this one.

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boring

You cant tell when the narrator is reading dialogue. His tone is monotonous.
The author has way too basic understanding to interview the Dalai Lama. Not as profound as I was anticipating :(

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  • SamK
  • 11-07-2018

Starting to get interested in Buddhism

Not sure what I'm looking for. I enjoyed much of this book but hat to listen at a faster pace, maybe cause I'm not calm enough :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-2018

Indifferent

Not well read robotic and boring sent me to sleep no feeling he could have been reading a cook book. Dreadful

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  • katentoby
  • 02-03-2019

Inspirational

I might listen a second time as I loved it so much. Some great insights and guidance for life.

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  • Chris
  • 17-01-2019

Practical Philosophy Course

I am on a philosophy course at the moment and this was recommended book/'listening', downloaded the book rather than read it. I found this listen quite easy to follow and there was a lot of interesting topics covered. This is looking at happiness from the Buddhist/eastern perspective.

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  • Josh
  • 11-01-2019

fantastic, logical, wisdom on attaining happiness

An eloquent distillation of ancient wisdom into modern logical understanding, woven into an easy to read and entertaining story - fantastic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-11-2018

Good book

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Helped me to realise in order for me to deal with my anxiety I had to go back to basics

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  • Sophie Charlotte
  • 04-10-2018

Mind opening

I really enjoyed this. It gave me a great deal to think about. The idea are simple, but great. It has changed how I approach life.

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  • Ian Hurley
  • 28-09-2018

Psychology meets Buddhism

im neither a psychologist nor a Buddhist but I am a human being and that is the only requirement for potentially gaining benefit from this book. I feel like I've taken a peek into the merits of Buddhism and I think it warrants a longer look and some introspection