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Zen and the Art of Happiness [Paperback]

Chris Prentiss
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May 1 2006
Cutting-edge science and spirituality tell us that what we believe, think, and feel actually determine the makeup of our body at the cellular level. In Zen and the Art of Happiness, you will learn how to think and feel so that what you think and feel creates happiness and vibrancy in your life rather than gloominess or depression. You’ll learn how to adapt to life’s inevitable changes, how to deal with stress in a healthy way, and how to nurture a mindful happiness in your daily life. Most importantly, the gentle wisdom of Zen and the Art of Happiness will show you how to invite magnificent experiences into your life and create a personal philosophy that will sustain you through anything. A timeless work about the art of happiness, the way of happiness, the inner game of happiness.

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"...charming...Shows readers, with humor and zest, how to live in the now and change our futures. For most collections." -- Library Journal

"Enthusiastically recommended and 'user friendly' reading for anyone seeking to enhance their spirituality, deal with life's stresses, and improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being." -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Chris Prentiss is the cofounder and codirector of the Passages Addiction Cure Center, located in Malibu, California, and the author of The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure: A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery. He has also written a dozen books on Chinese philosophy and personal growth. He is known wo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Advice Oct. 16 2009
By Patrick Sullivan TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I find it very interesting to read about attaining happiness from an Eastern prospective. There are some great ways to look at life, that someone living in the West is unaware of. In the West there always seems to be this future contingency, that hangs over our day to day life. In childhood we are told, about our future in High School, and University. Later we are told about getting out in the world, working, getting married and so on. It always seems to be about the future, and do not worry so much about today. Well in the Zen case, the idea is to be completely aware of the moment right now. In other words, take some time to smell the roses. Do not dwell on the past, or worry about the future. This is what most people constantly do, but you can really only live in the present moment.
The other big message of the book is that life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the journey, and the destination will take of itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the buy! March 1 2014
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With an open mind - this would be worth the read! An easy read, and worth sharing with others you may know who will enjoy it as well. You will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A start at Zen Sept. 5 2013
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Clear and easy read getting me started at making life better for me and my family. Read it it is well worth the price
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2.0 out of 5 stars very badly written June 30 2013
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The author nows nothing about zen buddism and is trying to sell space in his addiciton clinic in Malibu. He suggests that if you want the answer all you have to do is send him money and visit his clinic and he will tell you. One of the most selfish anti-buddhist book I have ever seen, I don't think the author graduated from junior high school.

give the world a break Mr Prentiss and don't write anything else about the generous spirit, it is too alien a subjiect for your small greedy little hands collecting money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful--how to wake up and become aware Oct. 20 2007
By Nigel J. Yorwerth - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a simple but powerful book that will change the way you look at life. Zen and the Art of Happiness takes happiness and consciousness to a whole new level.

This book (and its shrewd insights) is profound.

As D.T. Suzuki, the Japanese scholar and leading spokesman of Zen in mid-twentieth century America, said of Zen, "It merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points". Zen and the Art of Happiness gives you simple but profound keys that will help you change your life. If you read it with an open heart it will truly help you find happiness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life Nov. 13 2006
By Daisy Katz - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book on impulse the night before a long trip. I read it through, then went back and re-read many sections. It dramatically changed my perspective on life and helped me become a more peaceful person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Powerful Little Book On How To Achieve Happiness... Jan. 22 2007
By Ace75 - Published on Amazon.com
I've read many, many books on Zen and the way of happiness...but this one is the best I've ever read. And the beauty of it is that it makes it very simple, straight to the point, and tells you the way to achieve real happiness in life. I've recommended it to many people and still re-read it every few months. The simplicity of it is very powerful and it has the potential to really change one's own life.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and simple, a rare gem! March 7 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have a large library of spiritual books, which I have scoured the world for and which I treasure. But recently, when I was trying to deal with a particularly difficult problem in my life (one I couldn't seem to "chant away", meditate beyond, or free myself from) I found this small book and it's teachings were phrased just the right way to finally give me some peace.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An illuminating book Oct. 10 2006
By Pamela Roth - Published on Amazon.com
I read the book, Zen And the Art of Happiness and it truly moved me. It is an illuminating book; reading it was an uplifting experience for me.

Prentiss has written about a difficult subject - understanding the meaning of life, including its inherent suffering - from an enlightened perspective. I have finished the book, but I still carry it with me and I plan to continue to do so as a reminder of the momentous power and significance it contains.
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