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A Monk's Guide to Happiness

Meditation in the 21st Century
Narrated by: Gelong Thubten
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

What is the secret to being happy? Does happiness come from outside us or do we need to look within? Can meditation help? Gelong Thubten has worked with everyone from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to Ruby Wax and Benedict Cumberbatch. In his warm and engaging debut book he explores the nature of happiness and explains how to bring meditation into our busy 21st-century lives with simple yet effective exercises. 

Gelong Thubten, Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author, has always been fascinated by the question of happiness. In his youth he tried to find it through living a wild and extreme lifestyle as an actor in New York. This only led to more unhappiness. Desperate for solutions, he found himself at a Buddhist monastery where he became a monk. After training his mind in intensive retreats he now helps many thousands of people worldwide, showing them how to find inner happiness and a greater sense of freedom. 

His book can help you:

  • Learn practical methods that help you to choose happiness 
  • Develop greater compassion for yourself and others 
  • Learn how to meditate in micro-moments during a busy day 
  • Discover that you are naturally 'hard-wired' for happiness 

In this profound and inspiring book, Gelong Thubten presents a practical and sustainable approach to happiness, and how meditation and mindfulness can help us get there. Thubten helps to bust the myth that our lives and minds are too busy for meditation. Reading this book could revolutionise your relationship with your thoughts and emotions.  

©2019 Gelong Thubten (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"Thubten is a very generous and kind monk who writes with the lived honesty and humour of someone who has experienced the wisdom he shares. His writing is full of inspiration but also the pragmatism needed to form a sustainable practice. His book clearly illustrates why we all need meditation and mindfulness in our lives." (Benedict Cumberbatch)  

"Gelong Thubten's book is as warm, wise and generous as the man himself. We've never needed a voice like his more." (Melanie Reid, The Times)  

"Compelling to read, yet full of profound wisdom, this wonderful book rationally describes how our mind functions and how we can cultivate the habit of happiness." (Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice President for Research, National University of Ireland)  

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New to Meditation

Commit to this practice for 3 months and watch your life change way beyond what you thought possible. The only fault I can find with this book is that Gelong Thubten is so modest that he omits to tell your life will change immeasurably for the better if you follow his recommendations.

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Clear and concise - highly recommended,

I enjoyed this book immensely. I've listened to / read a few books on Mindfulness meditation, but this book (in my humble and somewhat novice opinion) would seem to get right to the point effortlessly, and is one of a few I would recommend to those wanting to learn about meditation. The author narrates it himself, which to my mind seems to add something extra to the words written on a page. The audio tracks also include guided meditations which is useful.

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A must have guide to happiness

Gelong Thubten who is a senior Monk of the Karma Kagyu Lineage from Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, talks to the 21st century mind with clarity and humor.
His experience and explanation of meditation makes this a must have book.

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Extremely powerful.

Thank you for taking the time to write this book. It has really helped me with my way of thinking and has already changed my life.

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Clear and informative

This is such a beautiful book, every word is clear and informative with easy to follow exercises.
If you are looking to explore mindfulness and meditation this is the place to start.
Genuine, authentic and humble teachings based on personal experiences and set out as a step by step guide, its a must have.

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Beautifully written and spoken

Lots of well thought through advice on how meditation makes sense in the modern world. Beautifully written and spoken.

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  • 12-02-20

Best meditation book

Great book, full of relevant wisdom and achievable and enjoyable meditations. Which now thanks to Dom's hard work are set in their own chapters so very user friendly, thanks!

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Gelong Thubten is Amazing

Love this book. Gelong Thubten explains in easy to understand the way we think, how we race through life waiting for the next good thing to happen and telling ourselves life will be better in 6 months time when this or that happens and when it does we are already wishing for another 6 months to pass as that didn't actually make us happy. We need to learn to live in the now and he explains how to do this. Start seeing life people before it's gone!

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Thought Provoking

Really interesting and relatable. A must for anyone but particularly those who are worn out by the demands of this fast paced world. Thank you.

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  • 17-07-19

Best meditation book for atheism

Being an atheistic Buddhist, this is one of the best book I ever read with good explanation for beginner also providing interesting insights for advanced practitioners with easy language and slight of humour.
It makes meditation sounds practical & interesting. Some scientific explanation gives a good reason for people just to try it and experience it yourself, which is also the truly concept of Buddhism as to experience it by ourself instead of religious / dualistic following.

The book has put me back to my daily Vipassana practice and truly “advanced” my experience during my recent vipassana retreat and daily micro moment.

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