In this groundbreaking book, world-renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche invites us to join him in unlocking the secrets behind the practice of meditation. With an infectious joy and insatiable curiosity, he weaves together the principles of Tibetan Buddhism, neuroscience, and quantum physics in a way that will forever change the way we understand the human experience. Using the basic meditation practices he provides, we can discover paths through everyday problems, transforming obstacles into opportunities to recognize the unlimited potential of our own minds.
With an introduction by co-author Eric Swanson, The Joy of Living is a stunning breakthrough, an illuminating vision of the science of Buddhism and a handbook for transforming our minds, bodies, and lives.
©2007 Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.
"This book is a fresh breath from the meditation room, written with kindness, energy, and wit. Three cheers for a cheerful contemplative." (Publishers Weekly)
This book is the first audiobook on Buddhist teachings I have tried.
While some books I have read (and subsequently re-read!) can be heavy going, I found this book to be remarkably refreshing.
The author uses simple methods to convey his meanings and while makes things easy to understand, does not oversimplify the subject.
Some sections seem hard to grasp first time around, but upon relistening I found the subject very enlightrning indeed. In fact I had to rewind much less than I have had to re-read other books on the subject.
A good starting point for anyone who wants to know about Buddhist teachings.
This book make you feel that anything is possible and without striving too much. I do the headspace app daily practice and this book gave me some new ideas and background into mindfulness.
I have read and listened to this book and even given a copy to my children and some friends. I think it contains fundamental information for living a peaceful, happy life in a realistic way. The evidence is produced for meditation in ways that are straightforward and easy to take on board. It is one of my 'lifetime best' books - cant recommend it highly enough.
This is a great, great book. Unfortunately this audio version is severly abridged. Better to read the print version.
"Excellent book about awareness"
A book for people interested in the nature of reality. Concise, scientifically oriented and spiritual at the same time. Easy to listen to but requires attention.
"Practical wisdom for every day life"
This is an audiobook I will come back to again and again I may have to get the print version which is unabridged.
Many "Aha" moments !
The connections between science and spirituality were the best I've ever heard!
Absolutely. I finished it in two days!!
"An easy, engaging listen with surprising insights."
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche makes what is often an exotic and esoteric subject very accesible thanks to his familiarity with Western culture and concerns.
Rinpoche illustrates the basic points of Tibeten Buddhism and meditation practice with his own life experiences... which really are interesting and engaging.
The read is natural, well-paced, and unaffected.
"Mindful selection for Mindfulness"
- Provides easy access to mindfulness.
- Changes perception on mindfulness.
- provokes clear insight into mindfulness.
- overall, great and nice book to learn mindfulness.
"The Joy of Living"
This is a book that needs to be listened to more then once. Great book for those who are aware and for those who are seeking.
"I did not realize this was abridged."
I am just now seeing that this was the abridged version. I feel like I still learned significantly about Buddhist mindfulness and meditation and what I learned was presented in a way that I could easy implement these ideas in my life. No, I am not Buddhist or interested in converting.
I have practiced some of the suggested
"Opened new perspectives"
I really enjoyed this. It was like listening to someone with lots of great ideas and simple yet effective ways of thinking. I would recommend this to everyone, specially those looking to find peace in their life.
"Accessible lesson in modern language"
I've read many Buddhist and Hindu texts, but none have come close to this in terms of readability. Mingyar presents a very accessible set of instructions and insights written modern language with examples that most of us can relate to. There's no riddles, no hidden secrets, or unrealistic claims...just simple, easy to follow lessons.
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