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Author: The Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler Narrator: Howard C. Cutler, B. D. Wong Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2003 ISBN: 9780743541725
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For the first time since The Art of Happiness, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has teamed up with psychiatrist Howard Cutler to continue the discussion about what makes life meaningful.
In conversations with the Dalai Lama over the past several years, Howard Cutler has asked the questions we all want answered about how to find happiness in the place we spend most of our time -- work. Beginning with the basic need to find satisfaction in our careers, Dr. Cutler questions His Holiness about the nature of work. In psychiatry and according to the Dalai Lama, our motivation for working determines our level of satisfaction. The Art of Happiness at Work explores these three levels of focus:
• Survival: focus on salary, stability, food and clothing • Career: focus on advancement • Calling: focus on work as a higher purpose
Dr. Cutler probes the Dalai Lama's wisdom by posing these questions: What is the relationship between self-awareness and work? How does lack of freedom at work affect our levels of happiness? How can we deal with boredom or lack of challenge? Job change and unemployment? How much of our misery comes from our identity being tied up with work?
Dr. Cutler walks us through the Dalai Lama's reasoning so that we may know how to apply his wisdom to daily life. The Art of Happiness at Work is an invaluable source of strength and peace for anyone who earns a living. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Always intriguing, even funny, and mostly calming. You just might be surprised at how your perspective changes as you read this book.” 

    USA Today

  • “Provides comfort for us working stiffs.” 


  • “Strategies for 9-to-5 joy.” 


  • “What may be most moving is this: if the Dalai Lama is right, and if people do as he suggests—if they learn to see themselves impartially and to analyze their work in light of how many people it touches—they will begin to see, whether they are picking oranges or writing a novel, that the highest purpose of work and indeed of life, is the helping of others.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “For the Dalai Lama, basic human values such as kindness, tolerance, compassion, honesty, and forgiveness are the source of human happiness. Throughout the book, he illustrates with clear examples how bringing those qualities to bear on work-related challenges can help us tolerate or overcome the most thorny situations. Recognizing that not all problems can be solved, the Dalai Lama provides very sound advice. The authors urge balance and self-awareness and wisely state, ‘No matter how satisfying our work is, it is a mistake to rely on work as our only source of satisfaction.’”, editorial review

  • 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 Rick | 2/5/2014

    " Read this one after reading the first. It isn't as good, but it was still worth reading. I think "The Art . . . in a Troubled World" might have more potential. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 2/2/2014

    " This book kept me from killing my boss at the time. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is anyone's guess... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oh | 1/26/2014

    " simply enjoy and think about it . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellee | 1/10/2014

    " I am listening to this book as a book-on-tape and am finding it helpful. Hopefully I will be able to practice some analytical meditation to help me deal with certain coworker/s I tend to dislike. I am also hoping that this technique will allow me to put some of my other worries to rest. I suppose time will tell, but I'd definitely recommend it! It's 6 hours, unabridged, on audio so it'd probably be quicker if you were just reading it as a regular book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 12/16/2013

    " I found the information pretty typical and common. I did not feel it had a lot of new knowledge on this topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/12/2013

    " I need to revisit this periodically. It is interesting as I have not read any other text from a western spiritual perspective that comes close to the depth and considerations of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 9/17/2013

    " Anything the Dalai Lama says is enriching and engaging. The skeptical angle from the author, however, was a bit frustrating over the course of the book with his commentary, and I rather wanted to leave his angle completely out and just hear the sweet voice of the Dalai Lama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/29/2013

    " an excellent follow up to the Dalai Lama & Cutler's 1st collaboration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 9/20/2012

    " Ok. Very disappointing in terms of bringing true Buddhist teachings to bear on your work life. Just common sense really. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brendan | 10/29/2011

    " Surprisingly insightless for a guy who usually is pretty good in the insight department. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 10/8/2011

    " it was ok, not meaty enough, and didnt feel complete. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 8/30/2011

    " within self, work for money vs self-confidence and to serve compassion love, work as calling and maybe small acts with great love, know thyself, arrogance ungrounded in reality, cause and effect as karma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Destiny | 12/9/2010

    " I really enjoyed reading the Dalai Lama's perspective. However, I feel that he just has no concept of what it is like to live and work in the Western world. He never has, of course, so it is hard for me to find what he says helpful in any practical sort of way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 10/20/2010

    " Very simple--which is good. This book is helping me get through the irritating parts of my work day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hsin | 12/7/2008

    " Was looking for meaning to my work and found this book helpful. But it didn't contain much of Dalai Lama's or Buddhism teachings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 7/7/2008

    " Good, though I felt like it isn't so much by the Dalai Lama as it is about his philosophies as they apply to a Western person's work life. Still, I feel like my work life has improved a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hedwig | 5/8/2008

    " Some decent insights, but I guess I mainly don't like the author's conversational tone for the book. Plus, all the ideas are much more powerful as a general practice than when just focusing in on your work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariagrazia | 10/31/2006

    " A book everyone should leggere.La life should be lived, forgetting to have a body, with its demands at times unnecessary, but feeding your body what racchiude.L 'soul. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harry | 8/9/2006

    " This book was ok, and covered many of the same concepts as "The Art of Happiness." I found the former a much better read however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 10/30/2004

    " This turned out to be a good book to listen to on my road trip. It surprised me at how much of the information was common sense that had never crossed my mind. So even though I think outside the box my common sense must have slipped back in. "

About the Author

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor. As the world’s foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and world peace. He is the author of over seventy books and has received a number of awards, honorary doctorates, and other accolades for his work.

About the Narrators

Howard C. Cutler, MD, is a psychiatrist, bestselling author, and public speaker. He is coauthor with the Dalai Lama of the critically acclaimed Art of Happiness series; international bestsellers that have been translated into fifty languages. As a leading expert on the science of human happiness, Dr. Cutler offers courses and workshops on the art of happiness throughout the United States and internationally. 

B.D. Wong was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He made his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly. He is the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theater World Award for the same performance. He starred in the television series All-American Girl, and has made guest appearances on Sesame Street and The X-Files.