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

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

For Millennia, Buddhists Have Enjoyed The Limitless Benefits Of Meditation But How Does It Work And Why The Principles Behind This Ancient Practice Have Long Eluded Some Of The Best Minds In Modern Science Until NowIn This Groundbreaking Work, World Renowned Buddhist Teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Invites Us To Join Him In Unlocking The Secrets Behind The Practice Of Meditation Working With Neuroscientists At The Waisman Laboratory For Brain Imaging And Behavior, Yongey Mingyur Provides Clear Insights Into Modern Research Indicating That Systematic Training In Meditation Can Enhance Activity In Areas Of The Brain Associated With Happiness And Compassion He Has Also Worked With Physicists Across The Country To Develop A Fresh, Scientifically Based Interpretation Of The Buddhist Understanding Of The Nature Of RealityWith An Infectious Joy And Insatiable Curiosity, Yongey Mingyur Weaves Together The Principles Of Tibetan Buddhism, Neuroscience, And Quantum Physics In A Way That Will Forever Change The Way We Understand The Human Experience Using The Basic Meditation Practices He Provides, We Can Discover Paths Through Everyday Problems, Transforming Obstacles Into Opportunities To Recognize The Unlimited Potential Of Our Own MindsWith A Foreword By Bestselling Author Daniel Goleman, The Joy Of Living Is A Stunning Breakthrough, An Illuminating Vision Of The Science Of Buddhism And A Handbook For Transforming Our Minds, Bodies, And Lives From The Hardcover Edition

10 thoughts on “The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

  1. says:

    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 descriptionbeyond our capacity to express in words 51 , just like Fight Club Yep The book I read before this was Chuck Palahniuk s Fight Club I think this whole Enlightenment thing is like fight club You aren t alive anywhere like you re alive at fight club.Fight club isn t about words Palahniuk 51 on nothingness and emptiness as source for infinite possibilities it s only after you ve lost everything, that you re free to do anything 70 on impermanence.fight club nothing is static even the mona lisa is falling apart 49 , nothing is static everything is falling part 108 recognition that everyone and everything is a reflection of everyone and everything else fight club everything is a copy of a copy of a copy 21 , you are not a beautiful and unique snowflake you are the same decaying organic matter 134 on suffering The Four Noble Truths1 Ordinary life is conditioned by suffering2 Suffering results from causes3 The causes of suffering can be extinguished.4 There is a simple path through which the causes of suffering can be extinguished.fight club disaster is a natural part of my evolution toward tragedy and dissolution 110 The book did taught me to be a little bit mindful Sometimes I think emo and I become emo I often find myself living in the past or projecting the future that has not happened yet which limits me from living the now It was my mind projecting limitations It was my thoughts, my Tyler projecting a reality, a world to existence I forgot to live in the present, which exists only in the hours between when fight club starts and when fight club ends Palahniuk 48.It s a great book to read with Fight Club.

  2. says:

    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 declared the reincarnation of several stellar Tibetan monks, he went to a monestary, which he lead after only three years Now, he could have stopped there After all, enlightenment was right in front of him Nope He chose to go across the pond to visit with our nation s finest quantum physicists and neurologists He learned that the sharpest edge of science often folds neatly into Buddhism In the early chapters, you will find yourself turning constantly to the glossary to look up terms like space foam and samsara However, Mingyur emphasizes that the only true way to understand the mind boggling tenets of his faith is to practice meditation The second half of the book provides a down to earth description of how to do just that.Please read this book And then call me We ll hang out in silence for a while together.

  3. says:

    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 Buddhist tradition.The first part of the book is an explanation perhaps oversimplified of what the West knows about the brain and the elusive mind and how it related to meditation The second part of the book is about meditation and the techniques used And the final is kind of over to you to the reader, encouraging her him to engage in meditation, either formally and informally, and watch the transformation in her.him and the society around.This may not sound like much, but the text reads almost like the transcription of pod casts It is informal, colloquial, and especially, funny Not knee slapping funny, but the kind of smile giggle I associate with HH the Dalai Lama.Spoiler alert After reading and mulling it over, I believe that one can conclude that Rinpoche is saying that in the end meditation might be anything you want it to be, so long as it is done consistantly and with compassion.

  4. says:

    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 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 observe his brain during meditation and saw a 700 percent increase in certain brain centers It was fascinating to see modern science prove something that Buddhists have been doing for thousands of years From the book jacket A beautiful tapestry of Buddhist insight woven together with modern science, this book is a landmark in the development of a contemplative neuroscience Written by a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master with a deep and abiding interest in science, this book is a must read for anyone interested in the causes and consequences of happiness Richard J Davidson, William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Director, W.M Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior, Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, Wisconsin Center for Affective Science, and Center for Mind Body Interaction, University of Wisconsin Madison

  5. says:

    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.

  6. says:

    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 that is unsurpassed inwell, in the five or six books on meditation that I ve read I d never been given permission to meditate for two or three minutes before I was always under the impression that meditation needed to be a half hour or so in order for it to be valid According to Yongey, that s not true The Joy of Living is a quick, easy to read book that s highly informative If the subject matter interests you, I d recommend it.

  7. says:

    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 literature that was actually notably Buddhist Words of My Perfect Teacher and relatively known in psychiatry A General Theory of Love and many scientific studies but the writing felt like a watered down syndicate I couldn t trust anything I read I felt like I had to double check all of his notes.

  8. says:

    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 great book for learning how to do it.

  9. says:

    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.

  10. says:

    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 vivid for me And I needed to read it I think this is one of those rare books I will dip into again and again for something new or rediscovered Highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn about Buddhist teachings or meditation practice.