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ISBN: 0307407802

ISBN13: 9780307407801

Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom

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Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters, whose teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world. His first book, The Joy of Living , was a New York Times bestseller hailed as "compelling, readable, and informed" ( Buddhadharma ) and praised by Richard Gere, Lou Reed, and Julian Schnabel for its clarity, wit, and unique insight into the relationship between science and Buddhism...

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"The beginning of a new journey"

One needs to keep exploring life whether you're 13 or, like me, 58 with cancer...there are always questions waiting for answers..sometimes there are no answers...this book helps one deal with the "no answer" questions. It has helped me maintain a postive attitude towards this life that I am living and how to make it the best I can. Everyone has it cancer, teenagers or too much money(or not enough)...this book reaches out to all in a clear, consice way that can touch your very soul. Bravo!


I've come to a rather cynical place where I sometimes believe there is nothing i can learn from meditation books and 'spiritual manuals'. After all, they contain empty words while all that matters is experience, right? Getting ahold of JW made me realize (yet again) how often i get it wrong. Reading itself created an inner shift in me, i could see my breathing change, awareness sink into the body...i quickly realized that this book is a gem. Although Rinpoche does not shy from delving into obtuse Pali texts (such as the Nikayas or medieval Tibetan discourses by Gampopa) nor does he skip recent fMRI studies and their implications for phenomenology, this information is delivered in unpretentious prose which never patronizes or simplifies but rather focuses relentlessly on the bigger picture. Both authors appeal to the common denominator we share as beings trying to spiral out of ignorance into something, something I guess this is because Mingyur's mind is, in fact, clear and free. Some stuff I encountered here for the first time, such as the incisive discussion of the Buddha Nature blockers. Other teachings are put in a way that inspires and encourages. There are many stories from Mingyur's own life, always put in a positive, light-hearted, unpretentious context. Rinpoche, son of the famous tulku Urgyen Rinpoche is aware of his relative youth. While it is unusual to see young Tibetans take such prominent public profiles - he handles his own with humility, insight, grace and with a remarkable affinity for scholarship. I especially appreciated his talent for collaborative investigations with contemporary neuroscientists into the nature of the mind, something that the Dalai Lama himself has taken great interest in. I'd guess the Rinpoche's relative youth provides him with more insight into the complexity of the Western mind and its (our) convoluted coping strategies than an older master (Namkhai Norbu, say, or Sogyal) might have. The light touch makes the book a delightful - and instructive read. A good book for beginners and for old farts.

Inspiring, Clear and Complete

This book is a great introduction to Buddhism. Good examples and kind explanations appear through the whole book. The Buddhist philosophy and its main ideas are firstly presented, followed by the main meditation practices and how they relate to the theory, and finally Rinpoche gives great advice about how to apply the right meditation practice depending on your particular situation, explaining how practice will help you in real life to face problems "making friends with them", looking at them with a more joyful and wiser point of view. Specially recommended for people facing difficult situations, I rather recommend it to everybody... As Mingyur Rinpoche says, no one is born with the "Handbook of Happiness", we all face problems during our lifes, from the smallest ones, like an inch, to the biggest ones. This book offers a great aproach for learning to deal with them.

Sense and Sensitivity

For those of you who are looking to mindfulness as a way of life, or just trying to temper your routine with calm, I can't recommend "Joyful Wisdom" enough. This is Eric Swanson's second book with Mingyur Rinpoche, and he has a truly uncanny talent for translating etheral concepts into immediate tools for living. Also, in this economy, I don't know anyone who couldn't use an anodyne for the stress that afflicts us all. Bravo, Rinpoche and Swanson, and thanks for helping me breathe.

the real deal

I just finished this wonderful book, and I am still filled with the warm glow of wisdom from this true Buddhist master. Amazingly, Rinpoche has been able to explain in scientific terms the pathways to human joy, its causes and effects. I would recommend "Joyful Wisdom" to anyone interested in clear, practical Buddhist teaching, or really anyone that would like to cast off depression, anger, and other feelings that stop us all from moving forward and embracing life. This is a truly magical book which will be read and reread for generations.
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