Buddhism

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, M.D.

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

I decided to read this book because I’ve always been interested in the Dalai Lama. I really thought The Art of Happiness would be more focused on understanding Buddhist principles; instead, it’s a peculiar mix of Eastern religion meets Western medicine.

Co-author Dr. Howard Cutler is a psychiatrist with a private practice in Phoenix, and the Dalai Lama is a Buddhist monk. It’s amusing to see two very different approaches to achieving happiness. The Dalai Lama’s approach to achieving happiness is more of a holistic, spiritual system that focuses on improving oneself using the power of the mind. Dr. Howard Cutler takes more of a back-seat approach in which he listens to the Dalai Lama’s suggestions and gives input about modern psychological approaches used in the United States.

The Story of Buddhism: A Concise Guide to its History and Teachings

By Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

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Buddhist scholar Donald S. Lopez Jr. offers an account that demystifies Buddhism and explains its practices, teachings, and schools.
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Buddhism

By Madhu Bazaz Wangu

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Tells the story of Buddhism's origins and its development into three major schools of thought, and presents the particular beliefs and practices of those schools of Buddhism that still flourish today.
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