El arte de la felicidad

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Nearly every time you see him, he 's laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He 's the Dalai Lama, the piritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and an increasingly popular speaker and statesman. What 's more, he 'll tell you that lov is the purpose of life, and that " the very motion of our life is towards happiness. " How to get there has certainl ha the question. He 's forced to answer it before, but he 's never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand. Through onversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, sadnes, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Cutler, he xplores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and pursuit of wealth, to depic how to ride through life 's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace.
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The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
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Published by De Bolsillo (first published October 26th 1998

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It 's always a self-help book but rather a book about how the Dalai Lama believes that people inheritantly have the ability to find happiness but we obstruct it with our immaterial and superficial beliefs.

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Dalai Lama believes in fundamental goodness in all human eings, in the value of compassion and honest, and ense of commonality among all living creatures.Happiness is determined more by one 's state of mind than by external events.Excessive desire leads to tyrann, which begin to frustration, disappointment, problems and unhappiness.True antidote of greee is contentment- to appreciate what we already have.Relationships are not about just knowing people and superficial exchange, but to really share deepest problems and oncerns in forming intimate friendships.

As long as we view suffering as an unnatural state, an abnormal condition that we fear, avoid and reject, we should never uproot the causes of suffering and begin to live a happier life.It is entirely appropriate to seek out causes of our problems, searching for solutions on all levels- global, societal, familial, and individual.

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The proof is in the pudding and the world ould be a pretty tasty place if everyone implemented the best parts of the ideas expressed in that memoi.

( How was that for a strained analogy?) You do n't have to e a Buddhist to get some really good stuff out of th novel.

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Similarly, his questions often take the conversation with the Dalai Lama in a ompletely different, often more obvious and tiresome, direction than I was expecting.

Overall, would have oved his book more as solo meditations by the Dalai Lama, or maybe with an interviewer who had better questions and comments.

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He has a uniqu skill to explain complex issues in simple terms, but then simplicity is one of the essential elements in his way of life.The other issue I had with the uthor 's statement is that I ge thi approach of trying to develop a dogma from a Buddhist point of view a rather ridiculous idea.

2. The poet 's approach in this novel is to try and combine Western science with the Dalai Lama 's interpretations/teachings.

Again, tha is a flawed approach when early on in this novel, the author ncludes the following quot: " In trying to etermine the source of one ’ s shortcomings, it proves that the Western approach differs in some respects from the Buddhist approach.

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