I wish every foray into religion was this enjoyable Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a powerful writer with a gentle sense of humor, most noticably about himself To any westerner looking to explore Buddhism, read THIS BOOK To any person who is feeling less than enthusiastic about getting up in the morning, ditto To those who know they re missing something, but they can t quite well, you get the point read the book. Mingyur makes Buddhism conceptually accessible to Western readers After being declared the reincarnation of several stellar Tibetan monks, he went to a monestary, which he lead after only three years Now, he could have stopped there After all, enlightenment was right in front of him Nope He chose to go across the pond to visit with our nation s finest quantum physicists and neurologists He learned that the sharpest edge of science often folds Some interesting parables here and good meditation techniques I also enjoyed the author s references to Western science and research on meditation Overall, though, not a lot of new material for me Well written and engaging.
There are probably as many books about meditation as there are meditators, so what makes this book different and why does it earn five stars Mingyur Rinpoche is most unusual for many reasons, starting with his youth b 1975 and that he was already recognized as a Meditation Master while only a young teen But he also has an insatiable curiosity and interest in Western studies in neurology, psychology, and philosophy, and he tries to synthesize what he learns with what he knows from his Buddhist tradition. The first part of the book is an explanation perhaps oversimplified of what the West knows about the brain and the elusive mind and how it related to meditation The second part of the book is about meditation and the techniques used And the final is kind of over to you to the reader, encouraging her him to engage in meditation, either formal I thought this book was very insightful and so helpful to open my eyes to the power of meditation It is not a book about becoming a Buddhist, but a book of how the human brain responds to meditation If you re interested in how Buddhism and Western Neurobiology mirror each other, this is a great reference I loved that it wasn t just about Buddhism and meditation, but he included his experiences working with the Univ of Wisconsin in the brain imaging department and how they were able to observe his brain during meditation and saw a 700 percent increase in certain brain centers It was fascinating to see modern science prove something that Buddhists have been doing for thousands of years From the book jacket A beautiful tapestry of Buddhist insight woven together with modern science, this book is a landmark in the development of a contemplative ne ↠´ The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness Â This book was too many feel good things at once Pseudo science meets religion justified by populist self improving individualist crap equates to boring ass writing It took too long to read simply because it was so detestably practical I couldn t get myself to move through it I don t care if he s a Rinpoche he s catering to the all consuming self absorbed yuppy who would freak if you put milk in his her latte but probably run you over with his her Prius if you were jay walking He cited literature that was actually notably Buddhist Words of My Perfect Teacher and relatively known in psychiatry A General Theory of Love and many scientific studies but the writing felt like a watered down syndicate I couldn t trust anything I read I felt like This book does several nifty things First, it shows how concepts from Buddhism and contemporary scientific studies agree with each other Then, it discusses some studies on people in meditation It turns out that meditation, when done by people who have done it for a long time and are good at it, makes people incredibly happy and peaceful This isn t big news, but it s cool to hear how science has proven this Then, the book discusses meditation techniques with a level of detail and clarity that is unsurpassed inwell, in the five or six books on meditation that I ve read I d never been given permission to meditate for two or three minutes before I was always under the impression that meditation needed to be a half hour or so in order for it to be valid According to Yongey, that s not true The Joy of Living is a I spent 2008 studying joyfulness as a practice and a discipline like practicing the violin, only quieter This was one of the most instructive, useful, practical, and successful books I found Yongey Mingyur grew up in an environment that intersected Tibetan Buddhist meditation training and research into how the brain works, so he presents information about the theory and practice of joyfulness from a universal perspective The key to joyfulness, like anything else, is practice This is a great book for learning how to do it. read this book casually, quietly and you will walk away with the clearest ideas about what makes you happy and how to practice happiness It s really that simple. Millennia, Buddhists Have Enjoyed The Limitless Benefits Of Meditation But How Does It Work And Why The Principles Behind This Ancient Practice Have Long Eluded Some Of The Best Minds In Modern Science Until NowIn This Groundbreaking Work, World Renowned Buddhist Teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Invites Us To Join Him In Unlocking The Secrets Behind The Practice Of Meditation Working With Neuroscientists At The Waisman Laboratory For Brain Imaging And Behavior, Yongey Mingyur Provides Clear Insights Into Modern Research Indicating That Systematic Training í The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness ¸ Download by å Yongey Mingyur In Meditation Can Enhance Activity In Areas Of The Brain Associated With Happiness And Compassion He Has Also Worked With Physicists Across The Country To Develop A Fresh, Scientifically Based Interpretation Of The Buddhist Understanding Of The Nature Of RealityWith An Infectious Joy And Insatiable Curiosity, Yongey Mingyur 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 MindsWith A Foreword By Bestselling Author Daniel Goleman, 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 From The Hardcover Edition I was surprised by how much this book floored me I hadn t thought of the intersections between Buddhism and scientific discoveries, but he made me see it And he demystified a lot of what I find hard about meditating The idea of meditating in shorter bursts the notion of just relaxing your mind instead of straining for focus the making contemporary of ancient teachings all of it made Buddhist teachings and meditation practice vivid for me And I needed to read it I think this is one of those rare books I will dip into again and again for something new or rediscovered Highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn about Buddhist teachings or meditation practice.
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