The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World 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 se

  • Title: The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World
  • Author: Dalai Lama XIV Howard C. Cutler Marc Cashman
  • ISBN: 9780739334416
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 toHow 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 How ard 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.

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    1. I would have given it 4 stars if the author didn't repeat himself so much. The content in the book that is actually by the Dalai Lama is minimal, but nice. The author's addition of relevant scientific studies was nice as well, but he didn't need to reiterate, and reiterate, and then summarize, his discussions with the Dalai Lama so much (I understood it the first time). At one point I noticed two paragraphs back to back that said the same thing in different words. I even stumbled across two sent [...]

    2. DNFing this one at 15%. It's not bad, but not what I was looking for. The fact that it says it is by the Dalai Lama is quite misleading. It is by a psychologist, Howard Cutler, and includes a few snippets of "talks" with the Dalai Lama. Needless to say, it feels like he used the Dalai Lama's name as an "author" to get it more attention. This one is a third in a series, which I hadn't realized, maybe the first one is better? I am not sure. I think maybe The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Cha [...]

    3. This is probably one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. It gave me a lot to think about regarding how I view others and how I fit into my community. It showed me that a lot of what makes up the quality of my life is how I view and react to the world around me. This book couldn't have come at a better time in my life. I appreciate that my wife read it and the numerous conversations that this book has motivated.

    4. This is the third book in the series (a.k.a. the one you get when you put a hold on the wrong version at the library). The parts about group connections, how collectivites work, etc. were interesting, however primarily because I had just read about this from a different perspective in The Tipping Point and coincidentally heard some Ted Talks on the subject as well. Overall, too much Cutler, not enough Dalai Lama.

    5. Fairly, and surprisingly, disappointing. Butter spread over too much bread, or whatever the LOTR saying is. There was just so little of the actual words of the Dalai Lama in this book that having him as an author seems really disingenuous. The topic itself, mostly positive psychology and social relations theory are interesting enough, but not for the length of this book, especially without some other narrative to keep it going besides occasional conversations with the Dalai Lama which all seemed [...]

    6. Caveat: as I see it, one could view the DL as a Tibetan Pope, in the medieval sense the pinnacle of a theocracy under which all people do not at all share equal access to economic and other opportunities. So it is rather easy to map all that on to the worst of the worst in Liberal Democratic terms.Of course there is more to it than that: He and his respected fellows are expert (in the eyes of many) spokesMEN (of course) within the reasonably open world of Buddhist discourse. Also, is it true th [...]

    7. This second sequel to the original Art of Happiness discuses how to cultivate happiness both on the individual level and a societal level. The more involved one is within one's community (whether it's a church, book club, knitting group, etc.), the happier one tends to be - and the longer one tends to live. Dr. Cutler supplements the Dalai Lama's precious few words in the book with lots of scientific studies supporting the methods discussed. I agree with the comment from other reviewers that I w [...]

    8. I haven't read the original The Art of Happiness book. So I just want to highlight some important things."Every man tends to be good and positive minded.""Our reason for having an aggressive mindset is to protect us from immediate dangers (predator/fire/enemy).""By making others happy, we make our self happy.""Hope, optimism, resilience.""By taking others' perspective, we learn compassion.""When we see other groups/races/ethnics, we tend to differ them from us. When we realize that we are all th [...]

    9. I'd really give this book three and a half stars. It is written by Howard Cutler, a psychiatrist, based upon a series of interviews he conducted with the Dalai Lama. This is also one in a series of books written by the duo, specifically focusing on how to achieve happiness in a world filled with racism, hatred, stereotypes and fear. What I particularly enjoyed about this book was that Howard supported the Dalai Lama's exercises with scientific proof based upon psychological studies. However, as [...]

    10. This book is good but not what I expected. This is mostly the author and psychiatrist Dr. Cutler asking convoluted questions of the Dalai Lama and very little of the Dalai Lama's answers. I would have much preferred hearing more of the Dalai Lama. However, there are some interesting statistics that make it worth reading.

    11. Such a shame since inherently I think both authors may have some interesting things to say but the verbatim descriptions of the conversations with the Dalai Lama were enough to make me almost put the book down. And, in the end, it really didn't say anything new at all. Some nice points, but overall a huge disappointment.

    12. There’s way too much of Cutler's thoughts and not enough of the Dalai Lama. This is more an advertisement for the books written by Cutler and a vehicle for sharing his world view with the express hope that the Dalai Lama would agree with him. Cutler's isn’t an opinion I’d ordinarily care for and I had to give up when his unwitting condescending treatment finally got on my nerves.

    13. “It would require seeing compassion as something of great practical value and importance with real concrete benefits not merely as a warm and fuzzy abstract philosophical concept or a soft topic that is religious, spiritual, or moral in nature. In fact, it should even be seen as a necessity.”This book was heartfelt but a bit repetitive.I didn't realize this book was the second that the Dalai Lama XIV had been involved in with this series so maybe the first was more of what I was expecting. W [...]

    14. Terrible. There are some good ideas here, but they're buried in long winded repetitious questions followed by long winded answers, then it's all repeated again and again. Its like there was not an editor involved in this project. Read from any of the researchers mentioned in the book instead like Daniel Gilbert.

    15. Accidentally got this book instead of the original The Art of Happiness - but glad I did. This book was exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for - answering questions I’ve struggled with (especially in the Trump-era). I did feel that the book became pretty repetitive, resulting in a struggle to finish the last quarter of the book.

    16. Cel mai mult imi place gandirea simplista, dar in accelasi timp profunda a lui Dalai Lama.Contribuita autorului de a sugera cat mai multe exemple face diferenta dintre o carte filozofica si o carte accesibila tuturor.

    17. poorly written. the manner the author approaches the subject and how he formulates the questions for Dalai Lama are childish. You can just skip to the last chapter of the book and you wouldn't miss a thing.

    18. Is this a serious consideration on how to change societies to increase happiness at the intersection of the latest positive psychological studies and millennial acquired wisdom of Buddhism?Or is the purported scientist a convert to Buddhism and using a book series to spread Buddhist teachings?Enjoyed learning that studies show curiosity or pleasure will overcomes bias.

    19. It was pretty good and had some good points but had to be really stretched out to make a book of it. Not nearly as good as the first volume.

    20. A little repetitive, but for a good reason as when you read this you will discover. The book makes a lot of sense and I know several prominent people in power who could do with reading this asap.

    21. I'm actually giving this 3.5 stars. There is a lot of brilliance here, but there is too much repetition and too much Howard Cutler and not enough Dalai Lama.

    22. One of the greatest and most inspirational, uplifting books I have ever read.The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World: A Cliff Notes Summary : )• Compassion for everyone is of utmost importance.o Realize that (mostly) no one is inherently evil, but that actions are evil and all evil acts can be a result of many building circumstances/actions. Everything is interconnected.• A sense of community is important and even has many health benefits.• Everyone is different, yes, but everyone is a [...]

    23. This book is a follow up on "The Art of Happiness." I got it from the library because the original was already checked out. This isn't a book written by the Dalai Lama, but rather by the psychologist Howard Cutler. The content consists of interviews and discussions that Cutler has had with the Dalai Lama, along with Cutler's thoughts and some findings from various experiments and studies. The book contains some reasonable advice and wisdom. Many of the studies were enlightening. I think the vege [...]

    24. I am all about reading books on how to be more happy and how to make this world a better place. I first heard about this book from unfinished Person. I had high expectations of this book buts sadly I felt sort of let down. I thought this book would be all about the Dalai Lama and how to better achieve happiness but rather it was more of the author Howard Cutler M.D writing about his experience with the Dalai Lama and then as an after thought what the Dali Lama says about how to live.To be fair [...]

    25. This is the 3rd book in The Art of Happiness series. Like all of them, they're great intros to how to inject Buddhist mindfulness training into your life in Western Society. The fact that Dr. Cutler speaks for the majority of the book is one reason I only rated this 3 stars. I read the first book years ago when I was first learning about Buddhism and it was invaluable. This book is more of the same. The Dalai Lama says that it's easier to feel connected to anyone; friends, enemies, even stranger [...]

    26. Like most people, I'm fed up of endless pictures on social media that consist of an inspirational picture and a brief quote attributed to the Dalai Lama. The man has a lot to say, and it can rarely be encapsulated into a single sentence. He understands the complexity of the world's problems, and he understands the need to take a nuanced, multi-level approach.This book is one that many of us need to read. We feel powerless in a world that seems full of hate, anger, and despair. So what can we do [...]

    27. I listened to 13 cd's of this book in my car on the way to and from choir about 40 minutes away. I have never listened to anything so insightful and compassionate. It may repeat itself quite a few times to get its point acrosst, but the main take away from this series is that we are all a member of the human family and all deserve compassion, empathy, kindness and respect whether we are religious or secular. The book talks about deeper problems in society of trust vs. mistrust and compassion vs. [...]

    28. You know, when you see those book, hard cover, where people cut off part of the pages, so they can hide stuff inside of it ? I think I'm gonna do this with this piece of marketing. I choose this book, because I was curious, and I really wanted to learn more about Happiness, but this book is awful. The author did a great job, still he put together few years of conversation into few books that's it. I didn't learn much out of this book, I learn a post-it note, of new stuff, that's it. SPOILERS A [...]

    29. It was okay. Some good information, but not enormously profound. Probably rather longer than it needed to be for the good bits.

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