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At first, the Dalai Lama's answers seem simplistic, like a surface reading of Robert Fulghum: Ask yourself if you really need something; our enemies can be our teachers; compassion brings peace of mind. Cutler pushes: But some people do seem happy with lots of possessions; but "suffering is life" is so pessimistic; but going to extremes provides the zest in life; but what if I don't believe in karma? As the Dalai Lama's responses become more involved, a coherent philosophy takes shape. Cutler then develops the Dalai Lama's answers in the context of scientific studies and cases from his own practice, substantiating and elaborating on what he finds to be a revolutionary psychology. Like any art, the art of happiness requires study and practice--and the talent for it, the Dalai Lama assures us, is in our nature. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very simple and profound teachings from a person who is indeed a wise teacher for our times.
Of course, in order to be able to work towards happiness, one needs to understand what it is that will bring them happiness in their personal life.
This point is the focus of the Dalai Lama's comments throughout the book, which is written by an American Psychiatrist, Dr. Howard C. Cutler.
An awesome book!
I'm used to read fairly quickly, for once I took my time listening to the stories told between the Dalai Lama and the American psychiatrist Howard C. Read more
An excellent non-judgmental exploration into the views and insights of the Dalai Lama.Published 21 days ago by Don Draper
I thought th book was just mediocre, alot of repetition that I've heard before. The book is far too long, and the Western world practices some sort of self reflection, and pursuit... Read morePublished 1 month ago by wanda samuels
This was a very good read for me. The correlation between spirituality and psychology was fascinating and in the end gave me a greater positive perspective/attitude towards life.Published 1 month ago by Lauren