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Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Henepola Gunaratana
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"Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness is the perfect companion to Mindfulness in Plain English. Written with the thoroughness and the masterful simplicity so characteristic of his teaching, Bhante Gunaratana presents essential guidelines for turning the Buddha's teachings on the Eightfold Path into living wisdom." (Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath)

"Bhante Gunaratana's wonderful new book is a practical and personal guide for those truly interested in what it means to be happy." (Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness)

"Clear and straightforward, the reader feels just how possible and practical it is to lead a happy life. Highly recommended." (Joseph Goldstein, author of Insight Meditation)

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In the same engaging style that has endeared him to readers of Mindfulness In Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana delves deeply into each step of the Buddha's most profound teaching on bringing an end to suffering: the noble eightfold path. With generous and specific advice, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness offers skillful ways to handle anger, to find right livelihood, and to cultivate loving-friendliness in relationships with parents, children, and partners, as well as tools to overcome all the mental hindrances that prevent happiness. Whether you are an experienced meditator or someone who's only just beginning, this gentle and down-to-earth guide will help you bring the heart of the Buddha's teachings into every aspect of your life.

A Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards finalist (Spirituality/Inspirational).

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Clear explanations and a lot of wisdom 7 décembre 2012
Par JvcHawk
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Guidelines on how to become happy. Very entertaining. A lot of logic and evidence that we sometimes miss. I read it every day together with Midndfulness in Plain English from the same author. It does alter my way to see things and my attitude has benefitted from it. I feel kind of being on the right way.
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explications détaillées sur le fondement du bouddhisme: les quatre nobles vérités et le noble sentier octuple; avec des mots justes qui touchent au coeur; j'en ai fait mon livre de chevet; existe aussi en version française.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eclaire le chemin 25 mars 2014
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Ce livre est un trésor de sagesse à appliquer chaque jour, même si la tâche est loin d'être facile. L'auteur écrit en anglais, le langage est tout de même clair une fois les mots clés compris. A lire sans hésitation.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eight Step Program for Living 26 juillet 2001
Par Missing in Action - Publié sur Amazon.com
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana has summarized all of the Buddha's path to happiness, everything we know about affecting change in our lives, and everything that psychology teaches us about healthy living into a single, easy to read, easy to apply manual for happiness. This book is a gem! It can be used for inspiration, or instruction. It can be read countless times for added insight. If you are inclined toward Buddhism, or at least are taken with the Buddhist perspective, you will appreciate the straightforward approach he takes to describing the eight steps. If you are not Buddhist or so inclined, you might be put off with some of what you read (the Author clearly believes that the Buddha's way is THE way, and you might be inclined to think of Jesus as the way, or someone else), but I think any rational person would recognize the power and potential for creating change that is captured in this book.
The eight steps are:
1. Skillful Understanding - recognizing the roles of cause and effect, and truly understanding the Four Noble Truths as taught by the Buddha
2. Skillful Thinking - Emphasis on understanding how our attachment to things is the source of our suffering (letting go), the practice of loving-friendliness, and practicing compassion.
3. Skillful Speach - Special emphasis on truth-telling, gentle speach, and avoiding useless chatter.
4. Sillful Action - Particular attention to the Five Precepts, namely abstaining from killing, stealing, speaking falsely, sexual misconduct and misuse of intoxicants.
5. Skillful Livelihood - Understanding that how we make a living can have negative or positive impacts (skillful or unskillful) on our path to happiness.
6. Skillful Effort - Recognizing and dealing with the hindrances and fetters that keep us tied to our unhappiness.
7. Skillful Mindfulness - A study of mindfulness practice in terms of the body, feelings, the mind, and mental objects.
8. Skillful Concentration - Teaches what concentration means in the context of meditation, and how it is developed through the four stages to full Concentration.
At each step, you'll recognize yourself and the things you do that hold you back from the path of happiness. You'll find solace in the knowledge that you are not alone (these are common to all us human beings), and relief in learning how to see things differently so that the world you live in works FOR you and not against you.
This is a wonderful book, and anyone who feels they need to make changes in their life would benefit enormously.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Concise and Lucid 29 juillet 2004
Par M. A. Rivera - Publié sur Amazon.com
Unfortunately, a prior reviewer's comments were somewhat unintelligible and punctuated by non sequiturs. It is in stark contrast to the substantive and coherent work by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.

I have long sought a practical and comprehensive manual that could clearly explain and outline, in both detail and simple language, the fine points of the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path. Not only has Bhante accomplished this with beautiful clarity, he has done so in a manner that lends itself to easy application within one's daily life. This is not to say that applying the Buddha's doctrine is necessarily a simple process, but merely that (for those interested in Buddhism) reading this book should eliminate any procrastination in commencing the Path because of any possible lack of understanding.

While the present work was published subsequent to Mindfulness in Plain English - by the same author - it can stand alone quite well. In fact, I would recommend that Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness be read first, before proceeding to Mindfulness in Plain English - as it seems a more natural progression. But, really, this is just a matter of personal preference.

Anyone purchasing this book with the expectation of gaining a greater understanding of Buddhist doctrine in layman's terms is, in my humble opinion, unlikely to be disappointed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 10 février 2005
Par Kavity Killer - Publié sur Amazon.com
I've read lots of books about buddhism, but none as practical and readily understandable as this. The author writes in plain language and gives many specific tips on enacting each step. There are no real riddles or obfuscations in the author's approach, and one feels that he's not being stingy or arrogant with his wisdom. Probably not for more advanced practitioners, but a perfect place to start!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 wise but hermetical 11 février 2006
Par ADB - Publié sur Amazon.com
Gunaratana's book is an excellent introduction to living according to the Noble Eightfold Path. Its ethical wisdom and in-depth coverage of the Path itself will undoubtedly have a positive impact on any reader. The language seems deliberately pared down, clear and simple, making it almost a kind of "Buddhism for Dummies" approach, suitable for persons with any level of understanding. However, I would not recommend this either as a first book on Buddhism or as a self-contained overview of Buddhist principles. It makes a fine supplement to a more rigorous introductory presentation of Buddhism, such as Walpola Rahula's What the Buddha Taught, which is where I would send readers first. This book is one of a handful to turn to next, especially for practical purposes and to expand one's knowledge of the Path, but I see a few problems with it that make me urge both caution and skepticism.

First, Gunaratana equates enlightenment with being "free from any speculative views or theories about reality, about the past, present, and future, about the existence of the self, and about the universe." This seems to make Buddhism not only unscientific (nothing wrong with that as empiricism can't directly address experience or wisdom) but anti-science (that is a problem). This emphasis places Buddhism too close to other religions that claim their teachings are more important than empirical discoveries about the nature of reality. An antidote to this way of thinking is provided by the Dalai Lama's new book, The Universe in a Single Atom. His Holiness looks to the intersection of science and Buddhism, which I accept as the way forward.

Second, Gunaratana places too great an emphasis on quelling doubts about the Buddha's teachings. He treats doubt and skepticism as undesirable rather than productive. Here again, he comes too close to the approach of fundamentalist religions. Instead of seeking to quell doubt, I think a more productive approach is to emphasize a positive realization of the Buddha's teachings--which, to be sure, Gunaratana does, particularly in the final chapter. If the wisdom is secure and can be replicated in one's experience, doubt will take care of itself. This difference in presentation may seem subtle, but it is crucial if one wants a Buddhism based on experience and reality rather than on dogma and tradition.

Third, there is an unexamined logical tension between the teaching that there is no self and the belief in reincarnation, which Gunaratana seems to take in a literal sense. If there is no self, what exactly is reincarnated? Gunaratana does not address this question. His approach to the whole subject of reincarnation is oblique and, I'm afraid, obscurantist in the worst "mystical" sense. He takes the concept as a given and does not explore it in logical or empirical terms. (Rahula deals with this subject much more satisfactorily: see pgs. 33-34.)

These objections are significant, but please do not misunderstand: I still highly recommend this book and am willing to give it four stars. I have definitely profited from it personally. It contains a wealth of material that is wise and practical, and this material (the bulk of the book) is by no means invalidated by a few problematic areas. Gunaratana is especially insightful on such subjects as "Skillful Thinking" and "Skillful Livelihood" (he consistently uses the term "skillful" instead of "right," which lends these discussions a refreshingly non-dogmatic air). For instance, he writes, "We all tend to lock into unhealthy thought patterns--grooves we have worn into our consciousness that keep us circling in familiar tracks leading to unhappiness." Just contemplating this idea can be liberating. And Gunaratana offers excellent practical advice for altering such unproductive patterns. Passages like this show how valuable the book can be as high-order "self-help." The later chapters take one well beyond even that point.

To me, the problematic areas indicate that readers should seek out other books and other interpretations of Buddhism. For my tastes, Gunaratana's approach is too hermetical and insufficiently empirical in some places; but the ethical wisdom he offers and the encouragement he gives to those seeking to tread the Buddha's Path are indispensable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A most skillful book... 17 novembre 2004
Par John Fabian - Publié sur Amazon.com
The Buddha's fourth truth is to be cultivated. It is called the nobel eight-fold path. The eight steps are memorized by every person who hears of them and takes up meditation. But memorization is not enough. These steps must be cultivated. How? That is precisely the question Bhante Gunaratana takes up in his book, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness.

I recommend this book to experienced meditators, not to beginners. Why? Because it may be too subtle for the neophyte. That's presumptuous I know, but that is how I feel about the work. Bhante G is a very skillful writer. Given the subject could I have chosen a different adjective? His writing is in no way obscure or mysterious, but it is very subtle and a reader may too easily dismiss it.

That said, this is a wonderful book describing the Buddha's eight-fold path and what the practitioner should consider with each step along it. I highly recommend it for novice to experienced meditators.
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