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Product Details

  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Power Press (June 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943015537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943015538
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A charming book....Shows readers, with
humor and zest, how to live in the now and change our futures. For most collections. --Library Journal

Zen and the Art of Happiness is enthusiastically recommended and user friendly reading for anyone seeking to enhance their spirituality, deal with life's stresses, and improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. --Midwest Book Review

This wonderful little book shows that we can overcome the obstacles to happiness. It s for those who want and
need change in expectations, habits, and outlook. Chris Prentiss teaches us how, with a joie de vivre that obviously comes from experience. Use his practical wisdom to get in the habit of being happy every day. Put this book by your bedside and the Zen of happiness can be yours. --ReverseSpins.com

About the Author

Chris Prentiss is the cofounder and codirector of the Passages Substance Abuse Treatment Center, located in Malibu, California, and the author of The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure:A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery. He has also written a dozen books on Chinese philosophy and personal growth. He is known worldwide for his interpretations of the I Ching that make this ancient and sometimes difficult-to-understand subject easy to use and apply. Prentiss has led personal empowerment workshops in southern California and has written, produced, and directed a feature film.

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Chris Prentiss the author of several popular works on personal growth, including "Zen and the Art of Happiness," "The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure," "Be Who You Want, Have What You Want," "The Little Book of Secrets;" and "The I Ching: The Book of Answers." He is the cofounder of the world-renowned Passages Addiction Cure Centers. He has also written, produced, and directed a feature film.

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This book was a very easy read.
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I have recommended the book to several friends, and they have each purchased copies to give to others.
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This is a simple but powerful book that will change the way you look at life.
Nigel J. Yorwerth

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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Nigel J. Yorwerth on October 20, 2007
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This is a simple but powerful book that will change the way you look at life. Zen and the Art of Happiness takes happiness and consciousness to a whole new level.

This book (and its shrewd insights) is profound.

As D.T. Suzuki, the Japanese scholar and leading spokesman of Zen in mid-twentieth century America, said of Zen, "It merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points". Zen and the Art of Happiness gives you simple but profound keys that will help you change your life. If you read it with an open heart it will truly help you find happiness.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Katz on November 13, 2006
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I bought this book on impulse the night before a long trip. I read it through, then went back and re-read many sections. It dramatically changed my perspective on life and helped me become a more peaceful person.
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Ace75 on January 22, 2007
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I've read many, many books on Zen and the way of happiness...but this one is the best I've ever read. And the beauty of it is that it makes it very simple, straight to the point, and tells you the way to achieve real happiness in life. I've recommended it to many people and still re-read it every few months. The simplicity of it is very powerful and it has the potential to really change one's own life.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ramonaji on March 7, 2007
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I have a large library of spiritual books, which I have scoured the world for and which I treasure. But recently, when I was trying to deal with a particularly difficult problem in my life (one I couldn't seem to "chant away", meditate beyond, or free myself from) I found this small book and it's teachings were phrased just the right way to finally give me some peace.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Roth on October 10, 2006
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I read the book, Zen And the Art of Happiness and it truly moved me. It is an illuminating book; reading it was an uplifting experience for me.

Prentiss has written about a difficult subject - understanding the meaning of life, including its inherent suffering - from an enlightened perspective. I have finished the book, but I still carry it with me and I plan to continue to do so as a reminder of the momentous power and significance it contains.
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122 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Doogus on September 28, 2010
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Wow, what a mess, where do I begin? I was willing to give this book a shot, even after reading the crazy assumptions at the beginning, but eventually I couldn't deal with it anymore and had to write this review to warn others.

The book starts off with the not-so-preposterous claim that happiness is based on simply "being happy." Ok, you said it, now prove it. Nowhere in the book is this ever proved or even justified. The author centers his entire text on the assumption that by believing that "Every event that befalls me is absolutely the best possible event that could occur," it will be so. What? Why? The eventual "metaphysical" explanation for why this is because "all the laws of the Universe are in favor of the continuation of the Universe," and that since we are "one with the universe" (according to the author, enlightenment proves this), everything that ever happens to us favors our continuation within the universe. What a load of BS. Which laws are in favor of the continuation of the universe? I don't think the author has ever heard of, oh say, the Second Law of Thermodynamics which states that the quality of matter and energy in the universe is decaying over time, and that the logical conclusion is that universe is not eternal ([...]). It's only one of the most important laws we learn in high school chemistry. This is the author's flawed "Personal Philosophy;" that the sole reason that the universe continues to exist is because it designed to do so... and he expects us to adopt a similar belief system to feel better about the things that happen to us on a daily basis.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 7, 2006
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"Zen And The Art Of Happiness" by Chris Prentiss (cofounder and co-director of Passages Substance Abuse Treatment Center) is a pocket-sized and highly portable 160-page book presenting practical, spiritual, applicable wisdom from the Eastern philosophy of Zen Buddhism designed to provide the reader with a positive, uplifting message that we can affect and influence the very makeup of our body at a cellular level through what we believe, think, and feel. That when we create happiness and vibrancy within our lives we are better able to adapt to life's inevitable stresses and changes. By learning to deal with stress and change in healthy ways, we create, nuture, and perpetuate 'mindful happiness' in our daily lives. "Zen And The Art Of Happiness" is enthusiastically recommended and 'user friendly' reading for anyone seeking to enhance their spirituality, learn to deal with life's stresses, and improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Houman Tamaddon on June 17, 2009
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I was looking forward to learning a bit about Zen, but this book fell short. There is not much substance here. Abraham Lincoln said: "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be". The author tries to make a similar point in the first part of the book. There is merit to his thinking, but the problem is that the discussion is not interesting or insightful. The writing quality is also not very good.

In another section the author discusses neurotransmitters, steroids and peptides. This should have been beyond the scope of this short book and is also beyond the author's expertise. Finally he also tries to promote his drug rehabilitation business and tout his successes which I do not believe is appropriate for authors to do in their books. Commercials should serve that purpose - not books that are sold. Skip this one and think about Lincoln's quote instead. It takes less time to read, it is to the point and free.
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