The Dalai Lama is one of the most brilliant and rarely-understood minds of his time. His Holiness, a divine inspiration in the Buddhist tradition and a powerful religious and political figure, has dedicated his life (and not entirely by choice) to the betterment of mankind and the message of peace.
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, the current Dalai Lama is the 14th. As the de-facto ruler of the Tibet region, he is frequently thrust onto the international stage as ongoing battles with the Chinese government continue. Taking a break from international affairs and the search for internal peace, the Dalai Lama found time to write The Art of Happiness, the first book written by him for a general audience.
This guide, a handbook for living a happier life, has been a bestseller for years. Inside, you’ll find helpful meditations and anecdotes, many of which attempt to meet the general philosophy behind Buddhism with human psychology. It attempts to show readers how to defeat depression, anxiety, even just general crankiness as well as guide them through exercises they can perform to improve their interpersonal relationships and physical/mental health.
The Dalai Lama wrote this book in cooperation with noted psychologist Dr. Howard Cutler.
"Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, the very purpose of our life is happiness, the very motion of our life is towards happiness." - H.H. the Dalai Lama, from The Art of Happiness.