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Zen and the Art of Happiness

Narrated by: Chris Prentiss
Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cutting-edge science and spirituality tell us that what we believe, think, and feel actually determine the makeup of our body at the cellular level. In Zen and the Art of Happiness, you will learn how to think and feel so that what you think and feel creates happiness and vibrancy in your life rather than gloominess or depression. You'll learn how to adapt to life's inevitable changes, how to deal with stress in a healthy way, and how to nurture a mindful happiness in your daily life.

Most importantly, the gentle wisdom of Zen and the Art of Happiness will show you how to invite magnificent experiences into your life and create a personal philosophy that will sustain you through anything. A timeless work about the art of happiness, the way of happiness, the inner game of happiness. This popular work has been published in more than 20 countries around the world.

©2006 Chris Prentiss (P)2012 Chris Prentiss

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  • 03-05-2016

Happiness

Beautifully simple. Great book, loved the simplicity. A book all should read about the truth of the universe.

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  • L. Mahone
  • 18-06-2015

Excellent Book

I love this book. I listen to it over and over again. The message is simply perfect and uplifting. I'm going to actually buy the book. This book is life changing.

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  • D Johnson
  • 28-08-2016

Woo

If you're looking for a new age book whose premise relies on "energy vortices" and "a conscious universe" this is your book. If you're looking for a book about zen and zen teachings look elsewhere.

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  • Doug
  • 18-04-2016

GREAT BOOK...KINDA

What did you like best about Zen and the Art of Happiness? What did you like least?

This is a good book with a lot of useful info.....until he starts pitching his rehab facility then its a sales pitch from about chap 7 on.

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  • Tracer McLeod
  • 17-03-2015

Mind. Blown!

What a wonderful, enlightening way to spend 2 hours. Listened to this on the flight to give a "scary" presentation. It's is no longer scary and I'm filled with gratitude and peace. Thank you.

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  • LC
  • 30-03-2016

Is this book just a plug...?

The amount of promotion of the author's rehab centre "passages" really made me weary and grated on me. Would have rated the book higher if I didn't feel like his message was less than earnest and tinged by an ulterior motive.

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  • Jimmy
  • 12-03-2015

Great summary of Zen


A great listen. Puts zen into perspective and teaches you how to react to situations that befall you. Well worth a listen

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  • AmazingAmazonAddict
  • 05-01-2016

Not much Zen, too much BS.

This is mostly an ad for the author's rehab clinic and seminars. He includes many anecdotes of the sort that will be familiar to anyone who has ever listened to a faith healer: "Mr. Smith was sad and poor, but started using my methods and is now rich and happy."

He also makes two references to the film "What the Bleep Do We Know" which is infamous in the scientific community for being full of bad science, especially new age beliefs justified through a misunderstanding of quantum mechanics: quantum woo.

One of his anecdotes includes the story of a man who was miraculously healed by acupuncture at the author's clinic. Acupuncture has been experimentally confirmed to be nothing more than a powerful example of the placebo effect (the elaborate procedure produces a more powerful placebo effect than taking a sugar pill).

As for the author'author's central message, "everything that happens to you is the best possible thing that could happen to you, " I wonder how comforting that message would be to a starving peasant girl who is slowly being poisoned to death by the toxic fumes of the sulfur mine she works in.

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  • Jesse
  • 09-07-2015

Life Changing

Best money I've ever spent, has changed my outlook on life and made me a happier more easy going person.

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  • David Van Dinter
  • 15-05-2019

Just a sales pitch for a recovery center. yuck

This is hardly enlightening. it's nothing more than an annoying ad. hours wasted listening to this tripe

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-2019

well worth the $5

I really enjoyed this. I docked it on the performance because the music was a bit on the annoying side.

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  • J.S.J
  • 06-06-2019

Fun cheap and short read

And to contradict another review written by an angry troll, it does have a lot to do with Zen and happiness

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  • Kristen
  • 15-06-2015

Good book to begin Zen

Good book , just the right length to deliver the subject with impact. Well presented by author z

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-09-2017

This book has very little to do with Zen.

Very little to do with actual Zen. Not informative or well researched in the slightest, full of lengthy anecdotes which although slightly interesting don't bare much relevance to Zen as a concept, tradition or practice. There are much better books about Zen on audible.

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