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Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness

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Theravadan Buddhist Gunaratana delves deeply into each step of the Buddha's most profound teaching on bringing an end to suffering: the Noble Eightfold Path.

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Publisher's Synopsis

The Noble Eightfold Path is the core of the Buddha’s teaching and the fourth noble truth. In his book, Bhante G systematically discusses each step individually, while never losing sight of their relationship to each other or how they affect our daily lives. As always the author is clear and direct in language, with many practical examples drawn from life’s experience, and lists of check-up points to help identify their role in our lives.

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"The much-awaited sequel to Mindfulness in Plain English serves the reader just as well. The instructions, honed for contemporary Western ways, make this book another exceptional example of how profound a simple book can be."      ~Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

"Written in the same straightforward style as his classic work Mindfulness in Plain English. The result is this astoundingly clear and joyful guide to living life at the deepest level. Bhante uses a wonderful and richly varied storytelling style to illustrate his teachings. Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness will surely prove to be a trusted resource, reflecting the gentleness and compassion of one whose life has been dedicated to coming home to freedom."      ~Inquiring Mind

Excerpt
"The inevitable round of the human life cycle—birth, aging, sickness, death—gives rise to dissatisfaction. Babies are not born with big smiles on their faces. As we grow, the cry with which we first greeted the world becomes less audible. We might say that it changes to an inward cry that continues for the rest of our lives. We cry for so many gallons of milk; so many tons of food; so many yards of clothes; so many square feet of land for housing, schools, and hospitals; so many trees for making books, papers, furniture; so many pills for various sicknesses; so many people to love us; so many ways to try to fill our neediness. If we had not been born into this unsatisfactory world, all other kinds of dissatisfaction would not come into existence. With every baby, it seems, unhappiness, too, is born."

Biography
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the founding abbot of the Bhavana Society. Born in rural Sri Lanka, he has been a monk since age 12 and took full ordination at age 20 in 1947. He came to the United States in 1968. “Bhante G” (as he is fondly called by his students) has written a number of books, including the now-classic meditation manual Mindfulness In Plain English and its companion Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness. Bhante G regularly leads retreats on vipassana, mindfulness, metta (Loving-friendliness), concentration, and other topics both at the Bhavana Society and elsewhere.

Author Gunaratana, Henepola
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 268 pp.
Publisher Wisdom Publications 2001
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