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Zen and the Art of Happiness Paperback – June 28, 2006
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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
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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.
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.
If you are looking for a "pure" account and directions towards attaining peace, balance, happiness, and zen in your life...go directly to the I Ching!!
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.
It's `The secret` combined with auto-promotion for his drug clinic/other book, sprinkled with some zen quotes.
I'm surprised how much people gave it a 5 star. Must be `The secret` people who strongly believe that if you wish something, that wish will become true. Wishfully thinking not zen, there is a big difference.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Has some good take away points but probably would not read a second time.Published 13 days ago by YG
Enjoyable,cinteresting, concise, this book is a gentle reminder for the more casual student of zen.Published 16 days ago by Eric
This is a terrific book. You can read these pages and feel yourself becoming a better person.Published 24 days ago by Ruth Brittain
I got this as a gift for my mother, and she loves it! She said it makes her feel very peaceful and has some very good advice.Published 1 month ago by SarahD
This book has very little to do with Zen and basically just tries to convince you that "the Universe" has a plan for you and to embrace that plan will make you happy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sqwirk
Interesting views on life and how to handle ones self in situations. Worth a readPublished 1 month ago by Tomster24