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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (828 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howard C. Cutler, Tenzin Gyatso Narrator: Ernest Abuba, Howard C. Cutler Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nearly every time you see him, he’s laughing, or at least he’s smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He’s the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, the Nobel Prize winner, and increasingly popular speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending just a few minutes in his presence you can’t help feeling just a little bit happier.

The Dalai Lama is probably one of the only people in the world who if you ask him if he’s happy, even though he’s suffered the loss of his country, will give you an unconditional “yes.” What’s more, he’ll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that “the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” How to get there has always been the question. He’s tried to answer it before, but he’s never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand.

Through meditations, stories and the meeting of Buddhism and psychology, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, or just an ordinary bad mood. He discusses relationships, health, family, work, and spirituality to show us how to ride through life’s obstacles on a deep abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is an audiobook that crosses the boundaries of all traditions to help listeners with the difficulties common to all human beings.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intriguing encounter between East and West.” 


  • “There really is such a thing as an art of happiness, and this is one of the best how-to books a reader will ever find.” 


  • “An indispensable educational tool.” 


  • “The Art of Happiness is read like an enchanting Indian tale by Howard Cutler and Ernest Abuba.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/16/2014

    " Some useful points about work though found some of it quite obvious. Interesting that the DL sees himself as 'doing nothing', you'll have to read it to find out why this is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Beth Miller | 2/14/2014

    " Here's the thing about this book that both I and my son Rob found irritating. It's too much of the co-author's perspective and not enough of the Dalai Lama. It's also incredibly surface level for a book whose subject should be a deeper examination of Tibetan Buddhism in the context of our work lives - our "right livelihood." I don't know. I found it fluffy and pop culturish, which the Dalai Lama is anything but. So...I can't say I'd really recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Janelle | 2/3/2014

    " The narrative takes the form of a discussion between Cutler and the Dalai Lama on the nature of finding satisfaction in one's occupation. The content is great and provoked a lot of thought for myself; I also found that my attitude toward work was greatly improved on the days that I listened to this on my way there and back. A lot of their postulations came down to that: simply adjusting your individual expectations and attitude toward your work, as well as weighing your values and how they correspond with giving meaning and purpose to your work and life. Cutler has a nasally, rather dull voice; B.D. Wong affects a sort of Chinese accent, which is comical and gimmicky at first but ultimately is a performance that does give the essence of the Dalai Lama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Crystal | 12/29/2013

    " Simple wisdom that makes a world of difference - at work and in daily life. I enjoyed the Dalai Lama's reminder of what it means to be human and how to nurture human nature into the workplace. "

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