The Buddha's Way of Happiness : Healing Sorrow, Transforming Negative Emotion, and Finding Well-being in the Present Moment
Happiness is always available . . . this simple truth is difficult to remember, though, amid our anxieties about the future, regrets about the past, and constant longing to change our lives for the better. Humans naturally focus on what is frightening and disturbing rather than the nurturing, pleasant experiences that happen all around us. This book shows readers how to differentiate true happiness from momentary joy and pleasure in order to foster an everyday deep contentment that transcends the excitement of "special" experiences.......deserve to be happy, the belief that happiness is something that will happen in the future, the belief that one can only feel happiness after a goal has been fulfilled, a dualistic perception of reality, and the illusion of space and time. He also presents exercises and meditations readers can use to overcome each obstacle and attune themselves to the unseen happiness that already exists in their lives.
· Thomas Bien is an expert in Buddhist mindfulness psychotherapy. · This book examines and shows how to overcome the six most common obstacles to happiness. · Buddhist psychology has become increasingly popular in recent years, both among the public and Western clinical psychologists.
Thomas Bien, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, NM, where he also teaches mindfulness and meditation. Foreword writer Lama Surya Das is a lineage holder in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism residing in Cambridge, MA. He is founder of Dzogchen Center and author of many books. The Dalai Lama calls him The American Lama.