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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (250 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: The Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler Narrator: Marc Cashman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780739334423
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How can we expect to find happiness and meaning in our lives when the modern world seems such an unhappy place? His Holiness the Dalai Lama has suffered enormously throughout his life, yet he always seems to be smiling and serene. How does he do it? In The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, Dr. How­ard Cutler walks listeners through the Dalai Lama's philosophy on how to achieve peace of mind and come to terms with life's inherent suffering. Together, the two examine the roots of many of the problems facing the world and show us how we can approach these calamities in a way that alleviates suffering and helps us along in our personal quests to be happy. Through stories, meditations, and in-depth conversations, the Dalai Lama teaches us to identify the cultural influences and ways of thinking that lead to personal unhappiness, thereby making sense of the hardships we face personally as well as the afflictions suffered by others. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 1/1/2014

    " I liked this book but I was hoping it would have more conversation and direct words of the Dalai Lama. It was like a combination of snippets of conversation and "lessons" and then an academic work citing experiments and research. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iris | 12/6/2013

    " didn't finish the book. too much loose science and guessing on the origins and evolution of human emotion. if u insist on picking this book up, i would recommend skimming through for the italicized lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri Ball | 7/15/2012

    " Will finish after the semester ends "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 2/13/2012

    " Not quite the classic that the original "Art of Happiness" is. This volume seemed to have more of Dr. Cutler and less of His Holiness; it was also more recursive around a small range of topics. Still, a worthy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele Zephier | 2/6/2012

    " I eventually started reading only the parts the Dali Lama said. This author must want to be a pulp philosopher, because he is wasting trees-- or, I have read too much actual philosophy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Hawkins | 12/23/2011

    " Enjoyed everything the Dalai Lama had to say, but found Howard's analysis and constant quibbling questions a bit annoying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/30/2011

    " Read this. Or better yet, listen to it. Repeat often, as needed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/10/2011

    " of course you can't lose with the dalai lama, but the commentary can be a little drawn out at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Barner | 3/14/2011

    " Some good points here and enjoyed the overlap of science and religion. As others point out, there is a lot of fluff and repetition in the book - but all added to the context of the discussion and analyzing the behaviors of the Dalai Llama give some suggestions on how he has attained such happiness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/9/2011

    " of course you can't lose with the dalai lama, but the commentary can be a little drawn out at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 9/8/2010

    " I liked this book but I was hoping it would have more conversation and direct words of the Dalai Lama. It was like a combination of snippets of conversation and "lessons" and then an academic work citing experiments and research. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark W. | 6/25/2010

    " Some really great information combining traditional
    Buddhism and modern psycholgy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 12/13/2009

    " Will finish after the semester ends "

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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 Narrator

Marc Cashman is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration. His voice has also been heard locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on radio, television, film, documentaries, radio plays, and video games.