The Art of Happiness

A Handbook for Living
The Dalai Lama

Written by one of our most powerful living global religious leaders, this clever self-help guide promises to help people build a happier existence on Earth.


Product Description

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.

User reviews

This Book Changed My Life!

By Samuel Michael Brooks, Pittsburgh, PA

Having spent a lot of time with books on spirituality and faith, I've never found a book more enlightening as this one. A collaboration of sorts between the Dalia Lama and author Howard Cutler, I love Cutler's style of writing. I'm not sure there is another writer who could present the Dalai Lama's message as well as Cutler does here. The Art of Happiness is a great combination of the traditional Buddhist theories, while at the same time taking the time to incorporate scientific studies. I truly believe that everyone can relate to the teachings this book offers, regardless of their faith, age, or personal beliefs. I think I've already read The Art of Happiness two or three times since first ordering it from the Universal Life Church's bookstore. This is one of those books you'll return to again and again in your life time. The Dalai Lama speaks of life as a true gift and shows how a happy life is possible despite all of the hardships we encounter. This book is perfect for any newly ordained minister.