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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307407799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307407795
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the Tibetan Buddhist master of mind-over-matter and co-author of the best-selling The Joy of Living...recommends Buddhism’s cheerful, non-alarmist, big-picture approach to life’s obstacles as a prescription for contemporary troubles.”
—“Paper Cuts” blog, NewYorkTimes.com

“[Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche] has written an unusually lucid and graceful addition to the modern canon….The exceptionally clear descriptions combined with Mingyur’s compassion and gentle wisdom make this book a valuable guide to Buddhist practice.”
Publishers Weekly

“Talking to Mingyur Rinpoche is like sipping chamomile tea. He has spent a lifetime cultivating calm. But, as a child, he says, he was plagued by nearly debilitating anxiety attacks. He moved beyond them, not by trying to be the master of this problem or by becoming its slave. He made friends with the problem. This is a third approach to adversity and one that Americans rarely consider.”
Arizona Republic

Praise for The Joy of Living

"Compelling, readable, and informed."
Buddhadharma

“Rinpoche ’s investigations into the science of happiness are woven into an accessible introduction to Buddhism.”
Tricycle

“I rejoice in this book, the first of its kind, a truly compelling and infinitely practical fusion of Tibetan Buddhism and scientific ideas.”
Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

“There is real wisdom here. Fresh and clear. Mingyur Rinpoche has offered us what may well be an essential link between the Buddha and contemporary neuroscience and physics. He effortlessly makes connections between seemingly disparate and complex disciplines and makes the journey sparkle.”
Richard Gere

“An extraordinarily clear book.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses and vice-chair of the Mind and Life Institute

“[P]ersonal, readable, and wonderfully warm.”
Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

“Mingyur Rinpoche ’s unique contribution to this emerging field is an early flowering of the interface of neuroscience and Buddhism. . . . I heartily recommend this to anyone interested in the healing arts, consciousness studies, and genuine contemplative practice
today.”
Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World and founder of the Dzogchen Center in America

“Mingyur Rinpoche is a charismatic teacher with a heart and smile of gold. . . . This is one of those rare books where you meet the author and learn from his radiance.”
Lou Reed

“This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the causes and consequences of happiness.”
Richard J. Davidson, director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin—Madison

“We are lucky and blessed to have the possibility to hear the candid, down-to-earth, and beyond the consciousness of imagination generosity that Mingyur Rinpoche exudes in his teachings.”
Julian Schnabel

About the Author

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, celebrated Tibetan Buddhist master and author of the internationally acclaimed The Joy of Living, is deeply versed in the practical and philosophical disciplines of the ancient tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He is perhaps best known for his accessible style, his self-deprecating humor, and his ability to address human weakness with deeply personal understanding and compassion. For more information about Yongey Mingyur, his teachings, and his activities around the world, visit www.mingyur.org.

Eric Swanson is coauthor of The Joy of Living. A graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, he is the author of the novels The Greenhouse Effect and The Boy in the Lake. After converting to Buddhism in 1995, he cowrote Karmapa, The Sacred Prophecy and authored What the Lotus Said, both of which focus on Buddhism within Tibet.

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The style of the book is soft and soothing and the writing is easy to grasp.
R. Todd Cornell
It has helped me maintain a postive attitude towards this life that I am living and how to make it the best I can.
Christine L. Rennewanz
The book does a good job of explaining Buddhism and, more importantly to me, meditation.
Pokey

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Pokey on May 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book primarily discusses Tibetan Buddhist philosophies and meditation. Rinpoche states what Tibetan Buddhists believe to be the sources of mental suffering and anxiety, which he claims is caused by natural causes (aging, illness) and self-inflicted causes (attachment to thoughts, perceptions). He posits that one can become more accepting of change and also reduce suffering by becoming less attached to one's thoughts and perceptions, which can be achieved by meditating regularly and also adopting some Buddhist viewpoints.

The book does a good job of explaining Buddhism and, more importantly to me, meditation. Most of the content is well written and easy to comprehend.

Rinpoche has written two books. Joyful Wisdom primarily discusses Buddhist philosophy. His other book, the Joy of Living, goes more into depth of meditation. If you want to learn about Buddhism, choose this book. If you want to learn how to meditate then choose the other book, which is the best book I have read on the topic of meditation.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Winston on April 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this wonderful book, and I am still filled with the warm glow of wisdom from this true Buddhist master. Amazingly, Rinpoche has been able to explain in scientific terms the pathways to human joy, its causes and effects. I would recommend "Joyful Wisdom" to anyone interested in clear, practical Buddhist teaching, or really anyone that would like to cast off depression, anger, and other feelings that stop us all from moving forward and embracing life. This is a truly magical book which will be read and reread for generations.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christine L. Rennewanz on September 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
One needs to keep exploring life whether you're 13 or, like me, 58 with cancer...there are always questions waiting for answers..sometimes there are no answers...this book helps one deal with the "no answer" questions. It has helped me maintain a postive attitude towards this life that I am living and how to make it the best I can. Everyone has difficulties...be it cancer, teenagers or too much money(or not enough)...this book reaches out to all in a clear, consice way that can touch your very soul.
Bravo!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By AEH Oto on April 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For those of you who are looking to mindfulness as a way of life, or just trying to temper your routine with calm, I can't recommend "Joyful Wisdom" enough. This is Eric Swanson's second book with Mingyur Rinpoche, and he has a truly uncanny talent for translating etheral concepts into immediate tools for living. Also, in this economy, I don't know anyone who couldn't use an anodyne for the stress that afflicts us all. Bravo, Rinpoche and Swanson, and thanks for helping me breathe.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By kaioatey on August 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've come to a rather cynical place where I sometimes believe there is nothing i can learn from meditation books and 'spiritual manuals'. After all, they contain empty words while all that matters is experience, right?

Getting ahold of JW made me realize (yet again) how often i get it wrong. Reading itself created an inner shift in me, i could see my breathing change, awareness sink into the body...i quickly realized that this book is a gem. Although Rinpoche does not shy from delving into obtuse Pali texts (such as the Nikayas or medieval Tibetan discourses by Gampopa) nor does he skip recent fMRI studies and their implications for phenomenology, this information is delivered in unpretentious prose which never patronizes or simplifies but rather focuses relentlessly on the bigger picture. Both authors appeal to the common denominator we share as beings trying to spiral out of ignorance into something, something more...free. I guess this is because Mingyur's mind is, in fact, clear and free. Some stuff I encountered here for the first time, such as the incisive discussion of the Buddha Nature blockers. Other teachings are put in a way that inspires and encourages. There are many stories from Mingyur's own life, always put in a positive, light-hearted, unpretentious context.

Rinpoche, son of the famous tulku Urgyen Rinpoche is aware of his relative youth. While it is unusual to see young Tibetans take such prominent public profiles - he handles his own with humility, insight, grace and with a remarkable affinity for scholarship. I especially appreciated his talent for collaborative investigations with contemporary neuroscientists into the nature of the mind, something that the Dalai Lama himself has taken great interest in.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Martinez Borregon on May 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great introduction to Buddhism. Good examples and kind explanations appear through the whole book.

The Buddhist philosophy and its main ideas are firstly presented, followed by the main meditation practices and how they relate to the theory, and finally Rinpoche gives great advice about how to apply the right meditation practice depending on your particular situation, explaining how practice will help you in real life to face problems "making friends with them", looking at them with a more joyful and wiser point of view.

Specially recommended for people facing difficult situations, I rather recommend it to everybody... As Mingyur Rinpoche says, no one is born with the "Handbook of Happiness", we all face problems during our lifes, from the smallest ones, like an inch, to the biggest ones. This book offers a great aproach for learning to deal with them.
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