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Art of Happiness at Work, The

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The Art of Happiness at Work offers peace and strength for anyone confronted with the task of bringing home a paycheck.

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For the first time since their revolutionary book, The Art of Happiness, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and psychiatrist Howard Cutler reunite to explore ways in which work and careers can become a meaningful part of our lives. Using common sense and modern psychiatry, this illuminating book applies 2,500 years of Buddhist tradition to the contemporary struggles faced in finding a calling. The Dalai Lama answers the questions everyone wants answered about the nature of work and finding fulfillment.


"Each chapter addresses a different aspect of the environment (e.g., work and identity, boredom and challenge, and job, career and calling) and contains excerpts of sessions between the Dalai Lama and the author. The two discuss how to get along with an impossible boss or an irritating co-worker, for example, and the Dalai Lama applies Buddhist principles and gives examples from his experience. Cutler clarifies each idea and expands it to fit the North American lifestyle."     ~Library Journal

"...provides comfort for us working stiffs: during some meditation rituals, even the Dalai Lama gets bored on the job."     ~Time

"In instances where the worker might be exploited, where the employer thinks of nothing but profit and pays a small salary and demands a lot of overtime, or where one may be asked to do things that are not appropriate or are unethical, one should not simply think, Well, this is my karma, and take no action. Here it is not enough to think, I should just be content." 

"If there is injustice, then I think inaction is the wrong response. The Buddhist texts mention what is called 'misplaced tolerance,' or 'misplaced forbearance.' So, for example, in the case of Tibetans, in the face of Chinese injustice generally, misplaced patience or forbearance refers to the sense of endurance that some individuals have when they are subject to a very destructive, negative activity. That is a misplaced forbearance and endurance. Similarly, in the work environment, if there is a lot of injustice and exploitation, then to passively tolerate it is the wrong response. The appropriate response really is to actively resist it, to try to change this environment rather than accept it. One should take some action."

"What kind of action?" I asked.

"Of course it again depends on the situation," the Dalai Lama said reasonably. "But perhaps one could speak with the boss, with the management, and try to change these things."

"And if that doesn't work?"

"Then, revolt! Rebel!" He laughed. "This is what I generally say. One needs to actively resist exploitation. And in some cases, one may simply need to quit and to look for other work."

Author Lama, Dalai
Coauthor Cutler, Howard
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 212 pp.
Publisher Riverhead Books 2004
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