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The Joy of Living

Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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For millennia, Buddhists have enjoyed the limitless benefits of meditation. But how does it work?

In this groundbreaking book, world-renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche invites us to join him in unlocking the secrets behind the practice of meditation. With an infectious joy and insatiable curiosity, he weaves together the principles of Tibetan Buddhism, neuroscience, and quantum physics in a way that will forever change the way we understand the human experience. Using the basic meditation practices he provides, we can discover paths through everyday problems, transforming obstacles into opportunities to recognize the unlimited potential of our own minds.

With an introduction by co-author Eric Swanson, The Joy of Living is a stunning breakthrough, an illuminating vision of the science of Buddhism and a handbook for transforming our minds, bodies, and lives.

©2007 Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.

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"This book is a fresh breath from the meditation room, written with kindness, energy, and wit. Three cheers for a cheerful contemplative." (Publishers Weekly)

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BEAUTIFUL! PRACTICAL. UPLIFTING.

A beautiful and practical introduction to some Buddhist principles. A positive and gentle perspective on the practice of meditation. This audiobook offers positive and powerful take-home messages around the concept of human thought, and it's interplay with human happiness.

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A waste of time

A terrible attempt to bridge Buddhism and science that leaves leaves a foul, pseudoscientific taste in your mouth. Best to give this one a wide berth.

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Freshly Presented

Brilliant in its simplicity and light hearted ness Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is simply brilliant. A sparkling jewel! I loved the narrators authentic presentation.

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A must read for every human.

If we all followed this simple path there would be no pain and suffering on this planet. I will try get my kids to listen to this audio book.

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Powerful!!!

Incredible audiobook. Offers interesting scientific parallels to Buddhist practice in a very accessible manner whilst retaining good depth. A must read for anyone interested in meditation, Neuroscience, or the potential of the human mind.

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  • John
  • 09-12-2007

abridged!

This is a great, great book. Unfortunately this audio version is severly abridged. Better to read the print version.

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  • C
  • 16-12-2008

Excellent book about awareness

A book for people interested in the nature of reality. Concise, scientifically oriented and spiritual at the same time. Easy to listen to but requires attention.

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  • GreenMom
  • 07-10-2019

Missing chunks from the paper book

I have the physical book as well and it’s very confusing because this audible version keeps skipping chunks randomly.

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  • GC Fourie
  • 22-04-2015

Worthwhile

Some interesting ideas about brain and mind; science and spirituality. I found it a tad light on practical tips, and a bit heavy on the supernatural towards the end. Still a worthwhile listen!

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  • J. Siporin
  • 07-07-2015

Practical wisdom for every day life

This is an audiobook I will come back to again and again I may have to get the print version which is unabridged.

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  • Nadia
  • 31-07-2013

Amazing!

If you could sum up The Joy of Living in three words, what would they be?

Many "Aha" moments !

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The connections between science and spirituality were the best I've ever heard!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I finished it in two days!!

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  • James
  • 05-09-2015

Accessible lesson in modern language

I've read many Buddhist and Hindu texts, but none have come close to this in terms of readability. Mingyar presents a very accessible set of instructions and insights written modern language with examples that most of us can relate to. There's no riddles, no hidden secrets, or unrealistic claims...just simple, easy to follow lessons.

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  • Naga Balaji
  • 07-07-2009

Mindful selection for Mindfulness

- Provides easy access to mindfulness.
- Changes perception on mindfulness.
- provokes clear insight into mindfulness.
- overall, great and nice book to learn mindfulness.

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  • Samuel
  • 31-03-2020

I'm a humble Zen Buddhist... so, yeah.

This book, this author's philosophy didn't jive too well with me. I guess it's not my bag.

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  • Daniel
  • 09-01-2012

An easy, engaging listen with surprising insights.

What did you love best about The Joy of Living?

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche makes what is often an exotic and esoteric subject very accesible thanks to his familiarity with Western culture and concerns.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rinpoche illustrates the basic points of Tibeten Buddhism and meditation practice with his own life experiences... which really are interesting and engaging.

What about Eric Swanson and Jason Scott Campbell ’s performance did you like?

The read is natural, well-paced, and unaffected.

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  • Alex Burbidge
  • 06-08-2016

Great insight into mediation with science

This book make you feel that anything is possible and without striving too much. I do the headspace app daily practice and this book gave me some new ideas and background into mindfulness.

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  • Ben
  • 26-05-2010

The Joy of living

This book is the first audiobook on Buddhist teachings I have tried.
While some books I have read (and subsequently re-read!) can be heavy going, I found this book to be remarkably refreshing.
The author uses simple methods to convey his meanings and while makes things easy to understand, does not oversimplify the subject.
Some sections seem hard to grasp first time around, but upon relistening I found the subject very enlightrning indeed. In fact I had to rewind much less than I have had to re-read other books on the subject.

A good starting point for anyone who wants to know about Buddhist teachings.

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  • frederick roy shipman
  • 24-08-2019

A book a must to read

This book is so good it is easy to understand and makes good sense to beginners and those that call them selfs experts

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  • Alex
  • 09-07-2019

Highly recommend

Very fascinating book. Enjoyed it very much. I would recommend to anyone interested in meditation.

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  • Stephen M.
  • 28-06-2019

Excellent living advice

This is a cross between current beliefs on neuroscience and merging with the beliefs and teaching of buddhism. I'm currently on my third listen of this book

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-04-2018

enjoyable

liked this book. Easy to listen to the readers voice. Good information and interesting. Glad I picked it

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  • Samual Jackson
  • 02-05-2017

life changing wisdom

This is an amazing book. I have read it and now its also become a daily listen to prepare you for whatever life throws at you. Very well read and thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Sally
  • 28-12-2012

Brilliant book

I have read and listened to this book and even given a copy to my children and some friends. I think it contains fundamental information for living a peaceful, happy life in a realistic way. The evidence is produced for meditation in ways that are straightforward and easy to take on board. It is one of my 'lifetime best' books - cant recommend it highly enough.