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In the same engaging style that has endeared him to listeners of Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana delves deeply into each step of the Buddha's most profound teaching on bringing an end to suffering: the noble eightfold path. With generous and specific advice, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness offers skillful ways to handle anger, to find right livelihood, and to cultivate loving-friendliness in relationships with parents, children, and partners, as well as tools to overcome all the mental hindrances that prevent happiness. Whether you are an experienced meditator or someone who's only just beginning, this gentle and down-to-earth guide will help you bring the heart of the Buddha's teachings into every aspect of your life.

A Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards finalist (Spirituality/Inspirational)

©2001 Henepola Gunaratana (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • 13-11-20

Excellent explanation of the eightfold path

This is a great book for all those wishing to deepen their understanding and practice of the eightfold path.

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Too complicated

Never finished it. struggled to understand the structure of the book making it difficult to follow

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It worked for me better as a book than an audio

I have read the paper version at least twice in the last 5 years and this book has taught me so much, I wanted to try it as an audio during my breakfasts hours now being a member of audible, I find audioboks are another great way to 'absorb'.

Having been used to the wonderful slow peaceful speech of Eckart Tolle's audiobooks here (all are excellent), I found the narrator of this book a real contrast, far too speedy for my liking and a little 'actor like' that I found it difficult to follow him.
He did not give enough time for the words to sink in, in order to let the Buddhas' message do its magic.
I think maybe a slower pace would have been more suitable.
(I am now off to buy with my 1 credit another Tolle's retreat audio. 13 hours of slow speech:)

Conclusion: Get the paper version of this book, get your felt tip out, and give the audio a miss if given a choice between both versions.

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  • MF
  • 07-06-20

Uninspiring and long

I was extremely disappointed by the book. It was full of child-level examples. Concepts that are rudimentary and unispiring.

I have no previous knowledge of buddhism.

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  • Michael
  • 03-06-16

Great straightforward listen!!

I've read many texts and listened to many books on meditation and Buddhism and this one was one of the easiest to understand and very clear in it's message. A great first time listen for someone just starting a meditation practice or learning what Buddhism is all about.

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  • Paul
  • 06-04-17

great clarity

narrated superbly ,content excellent. an informative step by step guide to applying right thinking and action to your everyday life

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  • Mark Thompson
  • 21-07-17

Great book to help improve your happiness

Loved it I want to listen to it over and over. I think I can improve myself and become happier using his teachings.

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  • Garret Beaupre
  • 27-09-16

A wonderful book about the teachings of the Buddha

I found this book to be very informative and well written. I suggest it to anyone who is truly interested in Buddhism or merely trying to become more skillful at practicing mindfulness.

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  • M-Squad
  • 24-11-17

Best book on Buddhism I have read so far.

This work methodically covers the most important aspects of Buddhism as a practice. The 8 Fold Path is HOW to reduce and even end suffering. This is the Buddha's whole point of what it is that you need to do.

It's fine if you don't agree with some of the more extreme ideas in the book. You don't have to. Anything you choose to take from it will help.

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  • Kelley Prince
  • 17-01-19

enlightening

really great and inspiring read. i would definitely recommend this book to anyone seeking the truth.

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  • Sandy
  • 23-04-18

Very helpful guide

Not everyone would appreciate this book, but if you’re seeking, and if you’re open to the Buddhist ideas, this book has a lot to offer. Practical, very insightful, lots of wisdom.

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  • ricardo
  • 20-02-18

Magnificent explanation of the path

Bhante Gunaratana is one of the world’s great Dhamma teachers. His explanations of each step are concise and based upon his long years as a practitioner and teacher. His intellectual honesty and ability to help the listener to focus are magnificent. I am most grateful to Bhante. The narration was excellent.

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  • BizzieBrain
  • 05-03-21

Great study guide

Great for someone looking into ways too focus the mind and avoid distractions, anxiety, stress, etc.

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  • M. Moslehpour
  • 03-12-20

not about happiness

this is a systematic book about Buddhism and how to practice Buddhism. it's about mindfulness and how to get to it step by step. it's a user's guide to Buddhism but not to happiness necessarily and it lacks concept.