The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

The Joy of Living Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness An illuminating perspective on the science of meditation and a handbook for transforming our minds bodies and livesIn The Joy of Living world renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche the h

  • Title: The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness
  • Author: EricSwanson
  • ISBN: 9780307347312
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • An illuminating perspective on the science of meditation and a handbook for transforming our minds, bodies, and livesIn The Joy of Living, world renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche the happiest man in the world invites us to join him in unlocking the secrets to finding joy and contentment in the everyday Using the basic meditation practices he provides, weAn illuminating perspective on the science of meditation and a handbook for transforming our minds, bodies, and livesIn The Joy of Living, world renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche the happiest man in the world invites us to join him in unlocking the secrets to finding joy and contentment in the everyday Using the basic meditation practices he provides, we can discover paths through our problems, transforming obstacles into opportunities to recognize the unlimited potential of our own minds.

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    1. Buddhism is not a religion. To a trained Buddhist, "it is a type of science, a method of exploring your own experience through techniques that enable you to examine your actions and reactions in a nonjudgmental way" (11). This book was a good intro in training to achieve a "natural mind" or Enlightenment, a mind in its natural state, free from conceptual limitations. Supposedly, "the experience of natural peace is so far beyond what we normally consider relaxation that it defies descriptionyond [...]

    2. I wish every foray into religion was this enjoyable. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a powerful writer with a gentle sense of humor, most noticably about himself. To any westerner looking to explore Buddhism, READ THIS BOOK. To any person who is feeling less than enthusiastic about getting up in the morning, ditto. To those who know they're missing something, but they can't quite well, you get the point. Read the book.Mingyur makes Buddhism conceptually accessible to Western readers. After being decl [...]

    3. Some interesting parables here and good meditation techniques. I also enjoyed the author's references to Western science and research on meditation. Overall, though, not a lot of new material for me. Well written and engaging.

    4. There are probably as many books about meditation as there are meditators, so what makes this book different and why does it earn five stars?Mingyur Rinpoche is most unusual for many reasons, starting with his youth (b. 1975) and that he was already recognized as a Meditation Master while only a young teen. But he also has an insatiable curiosity and interest in Western studies in neurology, psychology, and philosophy, and he tries to synthesize what he learns with what he knows from his Buddhis [...]

    5. I thought this book was very insightful and so helpful to open my eyes to the power of meditation. It is not a book about becoming a Buddhist, but more a book of how the human brain responds to meditation. If you're interested in how Buddhism and Western Neurobiology mirror each other, this is a great reference. I loved that it wasn't just about Buddhism and meditation, but he included his experiences working with the Univ of Wisconsin in the brain imaging department and how they were able to ob [...]

    6. This book does several nifty things. First, it shows how concepts from Buddhism and contemporary scientific studies agree with each other. Then, it discusses some studies on people in meditation. It turns out that meditation, when done by people who have done it for a long time and are good at it, makes people incredibly happy and peaceful. (This isn't big news, but it's cool to hear how science has proven this.)Then, the book discusses meditation techniques with a level of detail and clarity th [...]

    7. This book was too many feel-good things at once. Pseudo-science meets religion justified by populist self-improving individualist crap equates to boring-ass writing. It took too long to read simply because it was so detestably practical I couldn't get myself to move through it. I don't care if he's a Rinpoche - he's catering to the all-consuming self-absorbed yuppy who would freak if you put milk in his/her latte but probably run you over with his/her Prius if you were jay-walking. He cited lite [...]

    8. I was surprised by how much this book floored me. I hadn't thought of the intersections between Buddhism and scientific discoveries, but he made me see it. And he demystified a lot of what I find hard about meditating. The idea of meditating in shorter bursts; the notion of just relaxing your mind (instead of straining for focus); the making contemporary of ancient teachings - all of it made Buddhist teachings and meditation practice more vivid for me. And I needed to read it. I think this is on [...]

    9. I spent 2008 studying joyfulness as a practice and a discipline (like practicing the violin, only quieter). This was one of the most instructive, useful, practical, and successful books I found. Yongey Mingyur grew up in an environment that intersected Tibetan Buddhist meditation training and research into how the brain works, so he presents information about the theory and practice of joyfulness from a universal perspective. The key to joyfulness, like anything else, is practice. This is a grea [...]

    10. This has been the most meaningful book I've read so far on Buddhism. There were a few times when tries at humor didn't work of rme, but they were so sweet in their intention I almost blushed. Other than that it was just what I needed. Just enough over my head to make me want to read it again in a year or so and I'll read more by this author.

    11. The Joy of Living is a book on meditation that explains how it can help you achieve happiness and also why it works, according to modern science. The combination of Buddhist wisdom and science is very interesting, and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche does a great job explaining both aspects in simple terms for laypersons. While the first part of the book is more concerned with the whys and wherefores, the second part contains lots of different examples of meditation practices, some of which build on othe [...]

    12. For anyone wishing to better their life both mentally and physically, this is a must-read book. For anyone who wants to learn meditation and understand more about it, this is a must-read book. As someone who has recently discovered meditation and has been meditating for a few months I can confirm that it indeed does work. This book covers the very basics from the origination of Buddhism, what meditation is (how it works and how to meditate) to even scientific proof of its benefits to the mind an [...]

    13. Took me forever to finish this book a year. I just couldn't get into it, and his voice was very difficult for me to pay attention to. My mind would wander while reading this. Guess I missed the point of the book. :(

    14. There are parts of this book that are a bit complex, but overall it reads like mentoring from a friend. The author puts a lot of importance into being mindful, "living in the now", and compassion toward all living things.

    15. This book opened my mind to the possibility of living in happiness. It is the perfect starter book for beginners who are exploring buddhism and mindfulness, explained in a way that we occidentals can understand and relate to.

    16. Very Informational about history of science and Buddhism. It also teaches you a few tips how to do meditation also some words to say while meditating. It helped me out a lot, I hope it helps you too.

    17. Read this book casually, quietly and you will walk away with the clearest ideas about what makes you happy and how to practice happiness. It's really that simple.

    18. Very interesting and spiritually uplifting book. Does a great job uniting Eastern philosophy with principles of psychology and mental health. Can get a bit repetitive towards the end but great ideas.

    19. I wrote this before, where did it go? This book is a keeper. I'm either going to re-read it right away for purchase a copy. (I borrow ebooks from the library).

    20. I have such a fondness for Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. He is so full of compassion, joy, and a sense of humor.Watching him speak is also incredible . He makes Buddhism very accessible in the modern western world.Every time I ready Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche's works, my meditation practices improve substantially.Admittedly, from about a quarter of the way through the book to half way was really difficult for me to get through. The concepts here are tough to absorb and consider as truths - as they go ag [...]

    21. The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur contains good information on meditation techniques and the medical research that has been done to show the effects of the practice of meditation and mindfulness on the body. By way of interesting parables, Buddhist insight and interpretation of the nature of reality is also presented. Favorite quote from the book: "Everything you think, everything you say, and everything you do is reflected back to you as your own [...]

    22. As an entree into Buddhist thought, this book was excellent. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche introduced me to the pluralism of meditation (there are so many kinds!!) and shattered my misperceptions of the practice. It is not stillness nor peace nor striving for respite. It is an awareness//a notice//a try. His optimism and gentleness make this book an excellent companion to his teaching, which I am confident is fruitful for his students. I came away encouraged by the compatibility of meditative Buddhist [...]

    23. An inspiring, uplifting, and exceptionally hopeful book. By combining the practical knowledge of Buddhism with the objective reasoning offered by contemporary science, The Joy of Living provides a clear and powerfully persuasive argument for how meditation can completely transform our lives. The instructions offered by Yongey Mingyur are easy to understand and the benefits touted have left me convinced that meditation can be a path to enduring peace and happiness.

    24. Great intro to tibetan mindfulness meditation!Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche does a great job not only on introducing tibetan meditation practice to the audience but also provide explanations about why meditation works from a scientific perspective. The writing is very pleasant and articulate. A good read indeed!

    25. Buddhism often claims to be science -- "science of the mind" and this author and Buddhist teacher is keen to explore the overlap between modern neuroscience and traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings.

    26. Average: Beneficial content, a few neuroscience parallels to the benefits of meditation, but overall nothing overly new. The narrators voice has got to be the most dull and unexciting voice I've ever had to listen to.

    27. from the library c2007 copy pp0-22, 66-69, also a 5 cd audio set, with introduction, notes, glossary, biblio, acknowledgements, indexForward by Daniel Goleman author of many books on emotions including Emotional intelligence Part one : the ground Ch 1-8 I should copy the first 22pp bio of the author to give to TG. Read from Ch 1 to K(A) about his panic attacks and about how he learned meditation from his father and other famous teachers as well as the best brain science from Chilean neurobiologi [...]

    28. “Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them.”So! Another book that I spent forever and a day reading. I need to learn to buy these books, dangit! I renewed this twice and it still went overdue. This happens whenever I have a book that has meditation assignments/suggestions. I read half a page to get to the next one, then it's a whole day before I'm ready to come back to the book ag [...]

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