Discover the Secrets to Happiness and Well-Being
The excitement you feel after hearing good news or achieving a goal is fleeting, but true happiness-that is, the warm feeling of deep contentment and joy-is lasting, and it can be yours in every moment. The Buddha's Way of Happiness is a guide to putting aside your anxieties about the future, regrets about the past, and constant longing to change your life for the better, and awakening to the joy of living.
With this book as your guide, you'll identify the barriers to happiness you create in your own life and use the eightfold path of Buddhist psychology to improve your ability to appreciate the small, joyful moments that happen every day. These exercises, meditations, and concrete approaches to practicing happiness and well-being are drawn from mindfulness, "no self," and other ancient Buddhist insights, many of which have been proven effective by today's psychologists and researchers. With the knowledge that happiness is a habit you can adopt like any other, take the first step down this deeply fulfilling path on your life's journey.
About the Author
Thomas Bien, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he also teaches mindfulness and meditation. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters in psychology, especially in the areas of spirituality and addiction. He is the author of Mindful Recovery, Finding the Center Within, and Mindful Therapy. With Steven Hick, PhD, he is coeditor of Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship.
Lama Surya Das is a lineage holder in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Author of many books, poet, translator and meditation teacher, he is the founder of Dzogchen Center and a leading spokesperson for Buddhism in America. The Dalai Lama calls him 'The American Lama.'
Table of Contents
chapter 1 Being Happiness 9
chapter 2 Releasing Concepts 37
chapter 3 Releasing Habit Energy 69
chapter 4 Transforming Thoughts and Feelings 93
chapter 5 Self, No Self, and Other 121
chapter 6 Taking Care of Our Sorrow 145
chapter 7 Practicing Happiness 169
chapter 8 Living Happiness 189
chapter 9 Death and Rebirth 205
Recommended Reading 225