The Art of Happiness : A Handbook for Living by Dalai Lama XIV

The Art of Happiness

Title: The Art of Happiness : A Handbook for Living
Author: Dalai Lama
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Language: English
Paperback:‎ 352 pages

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 spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and an increasingly popular speaker and statesman. What’s more, he’ll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that “the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” How to get there has always been the question. He’s tried 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 conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life’s obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace.

PART 1. The Purpose of Life
Chapter 1: The Right to Happiness
Chapter 2: The Sources of Happiness
Chapter 3: Training the Mind for Happiness
Chapter 4: Our Fundamental Nature

PART 2. Human Warmth and Compassion
Chapter 5: A New Model for Intimacy
Chapter 6: Love Marriage and Romance
Chapter 7: The Value of Compassion

PART 3. Transforming Suffering
Chapter 8: Facing Suffering
Chapter 9: Self-Created Suffering
Chapter 10: Shifting Perspective
Chapter 11: Finding Meaning in Pain and Suffering

PART 4. Overcoming Obstacles
Chapter 12: Bringing about Change
Chapter 13: Dealing with Anger and Hatred
Chapter 14: Self Hatred and Human Potential

PART 5. Closing Reflections
Chapter 15: The Spiritual Life and Spiritual Values

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