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Publisher's Summary

For millennia, Buddhists have enjoyed the limitless benefits of meditation. But how does it work?

In this groundbreaking book, world-renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche invites us to join him in unlocking the secrets behind the practice of meditation. With an infectious joy and insatiable curiosity, he 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 minds.

With an introduction by co-author Eric Swanson, 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.

©2007 Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This book is a fresh breath from the meditation room, written with kindness, energy, and wit. Three cheers for a cheerful contemplative." (Publishers Weekly)

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abridged!

This is a great, great book. Unfortunately this audio version is severly abridged. Better to read the print version.

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Missing chunks from the paper book

I have the physical book as well and it’s very confusing because this audible version keeps skipping chunks randomly.

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  • 12-16-08

Excellent book about awareness

A book for people interested in the nature of reality. Concise, scientifically oriented and spiritual at the same time. Easy to listen to but requires attention.

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Worthwhile

Some interesting ideas about brain and mind; science and spirituality. I found it a tad light on practical tips, and a bit heavy on the supernatural towards the end. Still a worthwhile listen!

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Practical wisdom for every day life

This is an audiobook I will come back to again and again I may have to get the print version which is unabridged.

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I did not realize this was abridged.

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I am just now seeing that this was the abridged version. I feel like I still learned significantly about Buddhist mindfulness and meditation and what I learned was presented in a way that I could easy implement these ideas in my life. No, I am not Buddhist or interested in converting.

I have practiced some of the suggested

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Amazing!

If you could sum up The Joy of Living in three words, what would they be?

Many "Aha" moments !

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The connections between science and spirituality were the best I've ever heard!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I finished it in two days!!

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Accessible lesson in modern language

I've read many Buddhist and Hindu texts, but none have come close to this in terms of readability. Mingyar presents a very accessible set of instructions and insights written modern language with examples that most of us can relate to. There's no riddles, no hidden secrets, or unrealistic claims...just simple, easy to follow lessons.

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Simply wonderful!

I fell on love with compassionate narrative voice! Content worth listening over and over again! Loved it!

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Mindful selection for Mindfulness

- Provides easy access to mindfulness.
- Changes perception on mindfulness.
- provokes clear insight into mindfulness.
- overall, great and nice book to learn mindfulness.

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  • 05-26-10

The Joy of living

This book is the first audiobook on Buddhist teachings I have tried.
While some books I have read (and subsequently re-read!) can be heavy going, I found this book to be remarkably refreshing.
The author uses simple methods to convey his meanings and while makes things easy to understand, does not oversimplify the subject.
Some sections seem hard to grasp first time around, but upon relistening I found the subject very enlightrning indeed. In fact I had to rewind much less than I have had to re-read other books on the subject.

A good starting point for anyone who wants to know about Buddhist teachings.

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  • Tout en chantant
  • 10-11-20

Excellent audiobook

This book is absolutely brilliant: very important, deep teachings presented in a clear, very practical way. It is also very encouraging it makes you feel that these practices are within one’s reach and very worth while embarking on. As an audiobook is also brilliant the actor reads it very well: good pace, clear and engaging.

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  • 10-09-20

Love this book

I have taken so much from this book. I have listened a few times. Gives me peace.

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  • Stephen M.
  • 06-28-19

Excellent living advice

This is a cross between current beliefs on neuroscience and merging with the beliefs and teaching of buddhism. I'm currently on my third listen of this book

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  • Alex Burbidge
  • 08-06-16

Great insight into mediation with science

This book make you feel that anything is possible and without striving too much. I do the headspace app daily practice and this book gave me some new ideas and background into mindfulness.

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  • Sally
  • 12-28-12

Brilliant book

I have read and listened to this book and even given a copy to my children and some friends. I think it contains fundamental information for living a peaceful, happy life in a realistic way. The evidence is produced for meditation in ways that are straightforward and easy to take on board. It is one of my 'lifetime best' books - cant recommend it highly enough.

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  • Oyinkansola Olatunji
  • 02-25-22

Life changing

The fact that I consider this book and its teachings before approaching many situations should tell you what you need to know about the brilliance of one of the few teachers/religions to truly appreciate how faith and science can work harmoniously

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-21

understanding

For the first time I fully understand what meditation is and its purpose . Also the meaning of letting go.

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  • A chef from London
  • 03-10-21

Excellent read linking Buddhism and science

Well worth reading if you are interested in Buddhism or meditation/mindfulness. One of the chapters details a number of different meditation techniques I wasn't aware of. Lots of evidence around the benefits of meditation. Only thing I would change is the narrator needs to take breaks in between chapters or paragraphs, I find myself pausing it so I can take in the information and consider the big ideas put forward.

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  • Terry Lambert
  • 01-27-21

A beautiful modern understanding of the most ancient art of Buddhism

One of many books of Buddhism that I have read or listened to over the last 7-years and one of my top 3 without question. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-18

BEAUTIFUL! PRACTICAL. UPLIFTING.

A beautiful and practical introduction to some Buddhist principles. A positive and gentle perspective on the practice of meditation. This audiobook offers positive and powerful take-home messages around the concept of human thought, and it's interplay with human happiness.

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  • Jane Thompson
  • 05-30-22

A wonderful introduction to Buddhism

Would definitely recommend this book if you have a curious mind about Buddhism but do not know much about it. Western based examples to help understanding along the way and some simple exercises. Wonderfully written.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-31-21

Great guidance, wonderful new perspective

Great guidance, wonderful new perspective. highly recommended. I will buy the print as well for future reference

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  • MB
  • 12-23-21

Science and meditation

I liked how he tied science of the brain together with meditation. Some good tips in there

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-19

A waste of time

A terrible attempt to bridge Buddhism and science that leaves leaves a foul, pseudoscientific taste in your mouth. Best to give this one a wide berth.

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  • Rosemarie Kenny
  • 07-10-19

Freshly Presented

Brilliant in its simplicity and light hearted ness
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is simply brilliant. A sparkling jewel!
I loved the narrators authentic presentation.

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  • tim f.
  • 06-30-18

A must read for every human.

If we all followed this simple path there would be no pain and suffering on this planet. I will try get my kids to listen to this audio book.

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  • Julius
  • 01-19-17

Powerful!!!

Incredible audiobook. Offers interesting scientific parallels to Buddhist practice in a very accessible manner whilst retaining good depth. A must read for anyone interested in meditation, Neuroscience, or the potential of the human mind.