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It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness Paperback – February 14, 1997
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"Endearingly personal wisdom in doses that slide right into the heart." -- Jon Zabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are
"This book is filled with delightfully wise and simple teachings." -- Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
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the essence of Buddhism presented in a way that anyone can understand, appreciate and apply.
What I found was not only a book, but a whole new way of thinking, perceiving the world, and living. This book was my introduction to Buddhism and from there I have expanded in every way possible. I love the way Ms. Boorstein uses personal stories to illustrate the Buddha's teachings. I think this is what makes this book so great........it's down to earth and a common sense approach to sometimes difficult topics to explain in a way that people really understand. This book never fails to bring a smile to my face and like others who have commented, if I am having a rough day I can open this book to any page and find a single sentence that resonates and stays with me.
I've also purchased numerous copies of this book and given them away to friends who are interested in my beliefs. They always come back to me and say, "Wow.....that book was really good!" While they may not experience the dramatic life change that I did they do come away with an understanding and appreciation of my beliefs.
subject has piqued my interest . . . so did IT'S EASIER THAN YOU
THINK by Slyvia Boorstein, subtitled "The
Buddhist Way to Happiness."
It presents a very readable introduction to the basic tenets of
Buddhism . . . the author's use of stories from everyday
experience greatly help to demystify basic teachings and
make them easily comprehensible.
Boorstein--also a practicing psychotherapist--has done a
masterful job of putting together a guide that is full of
humor, memorable insight and perhaps most importantly, love.
There were several memorable passages; among them:
Going through changes was what Alta was very good at, and, in that
ability, she was my role model. We became good friends and spent
many rainy winter days in her sewing room making clothing, usually
for me. I would talk about my family, and she would talk about
hers-the kind of conversations women have when they sew together.
I was often relieved to see that what I was fretting over as a problem
didn't appear to her to be a big deal, and I noticed she could tell me
about a difficulty in her family that seemed to me to be huge while
she kept right on sewing, not missing a stitch. I knew she was sad, but
she appeared at ease. "Aren't you upset?" I would ask. "I've done
all I could about it," she would say, "so there is no point in being upset."
Here is an exercise in advance Right Speech. Starting tomorrow when you
wake up, don't gossip. See what happens if you just give up making
comments about anyone not present.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Short anecdotes and simple concepts (that are maybe a little more difficult to put into practice). I really enjoy this book and refer to it often.Published 1 month ago by ThatCatLady
The author is an EXTREME pacifist and very non-confrontational, so much so that she worried about giving another person her candy as it might make him feel uncomfortable during his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rick Mac Gillis
Each morning when I awake, I read something spiritual to get me focused. I just finished this book this morning. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Real Happy
I absolutely love this book. I am Catholic and my step mom who is a practicing Buddhist turned me onto this book in high school and it's always helped me find peace, helped me... Read morePublished 4 months ago by SaraAnn Kauth
A very easy read. A great way to start for a beginner. I would recommend this to friends and family.Published 5 months ago by AS
One of my favorite spiritual books... Clear, easy to read... The humility of the author shines through on every page. A true classic.Published 7 months ago by a reader from MN
Sylvia Boorstein's description of Buddhism makes the philosophy clearer than most books on the subject. Her antidotes were both entertaining and enlightening. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Linny M