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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Eric Swanson Narrator: Feodor Chin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780739377185
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Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters, whose teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world.

His new audiobook, Joyful Wisdom, addresses the timely and timeless problem of anxiety. “From the 2,500-year-old perspective of Buddhism,” Yongey Mingyur writes, “every chapter in human history could be described as an ‘age of anxiety.’ The anxiety we feel now has been part of the human condition for centuries.” So what do we do? Escape or succumb? “Buddhism,” he says, “offers a third option. We can look directly at the disturbing emotions and other problems we experience in our lives as stepping-stones to freedom. Instead of rejecting them or surrendering to them, we can befriend them, working through them to reach an enduring authentic experience of our inherent wisdom, confidence, clarity, and joy.”

Divided into three parts like a traditional Buddhist text, Joyful Wisdom identifies the sources of our unease, describes methods of meditation that enable us to transform our experience into deeper insight, and applies these methods to common emotional, physical, and personal problems. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dharma Bum 108 | 12/29/2013

    " Another excellent book by Mingyur Rinpoche which brings Buddhism to a western audience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitaker | 9/2/2013

    " A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 8/16/2013

    " I love his writing style. He makes it very easy to understand. Very informative and enlightening. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/10/2013

    " so well written, wonderful read, and inspiration "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 7/26/2013

    " He writes in a manner that is totally accesible for beginners. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muni | 4/12/2013

    " A wonderful book that is utterly wise, it can change your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sierra | 3/28/2013

    " I appreciated how Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche wrote it for Westerns interested in learning more about Buddhism. His writings are easy to understand with many examples & explanations. He even mentions his own struggles which is encouraging for beginners. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/11/2012

    " This book was a great introduction to the basic concepts of Buddhism and meditation. The author used issues faced in today's society to explain how these principles could benefit the reader in a very accessible way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 WhiteKanye | 11/26/2012

    " While Feodor Chin sometimes reminded me of Mingyur, his voice is too authoritative, i missed Mingyur childlike voice and imperfect english. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 8/10/2012

    " Fresh, crisp and relevant. A great modern introduction to the wisdom tradition of Tibet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki Magennis | 8/2/2012

    " The most clear, simple, beautifully explained manual for meditation. Love, love, love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ErinH | 4/29/2012

    " I've read several books about Buddhism and I have to say this is by far the easiest to understand and practice. Now if I could only put all of it into practice! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 12/28/2010

    " not very well organized, but interesting enough. all in all, i didn't find it very helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollis | 11/23/2010

    " This is the second book of his that I read. It's amazingly clear and insightful. I wish he'd written more but DID find a local center devoted to his teachings in Portland "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 10/6/2010

    " not very well organized, but interesting enough. all in all, i didn't find it very helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 9/18/2010

    " The most clear, simple, beautifully explained manual for meditation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollis | 10/12/2009

    " This is the second book of his that I read. It's amazingly clear and insightful. I wish he'd written more but DID find a local center devoted to his teachings in Portland "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 5/15/2009

    " Fresh, crisp and relevant. A great modern introduction to the wisdom tradition of Tibet. "

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