A pocket guide that captures the essence of the Dalai Lama's phenomenally successful The Art of Happiness.
In The Art of Happiness, the Dalai Lama brought to an enthusiastic and grateful public his philosophy on achieving a happy life. A collaboration with a Western psychiatrist,Howard C. Cutler, it was the the Dalai Lama's first inspirational book for a Western audience. Through meditations, stories and the convergence of Buddhism and psychology, the Dalai Lama showed us how to deal with day-to-day depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, or just a bad mood. He discussed relationships, health, family and work, and showed us how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding inner source of peace.
The Essence of Happiness makes it possible to access the Dalai Lama's essential tenets of happiness anywhere, anytime. The perfect gift, it is also a perfect companion to The Art of Happiness.
The Essence of Happiness
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the exiled leader of the Tibetan people. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two the child, who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that time was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet.
Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.
Since 1959 His Holiness has received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc., in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. His Holiness has also authored more than 72 books.