Awakening Joy

Awakening Joy : 10 Steps to True Happiness

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More than simply offering suggested strategies to change our behaviour, 'Awakening Joy' uses time-tested practices to train the mind to learn new ways of thinking. The principles of the course are universal, although much of the material includes Buddhist philosophy drawn from the author's 30 years as a Buddhist meditation teacher and spiritual more

Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Parallax Press
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • 1937006220
  • 9781937006228
  • 50,229

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"Even if you never read anything in this genre, this book is one you should try." --Bill Gates "Baraz turned "Awakening Joy" into a six-month class and found that participants maintained a positive attitude even after it ended (as long as they practiced the exercises; as with diets or working out, continuity is essential). Word of mouth about the course that could make people happier began to spread: The first round of Awakening Joy meetings consisted of about 40 members. The next numbered 100; the next, 200, and then 500. It went international when its members began e-mailing their monthly homework assignments from the lectures to friends. Baraz was thrilled to receive messages from strangers in Europe, Africa, and New Zealand. 'It works!' they wrote. Apparently, you didn't have to be there to get the joy." --"O, The Oprah Magazine" "The readings evoke the feeling of sharing an intimate conversation with a wise teacher over a cup of tea. They are gentle, personal, and helpful...The lessons offered in "Awakening Joy" are highly relevant for beginning and experienced practitioners of mindfulness because they bring a fresh and unique perspective to many of the core teachings and practices of Buddhism." --"Mindfulness Bell" ""Awakening Joy" can lead each of us to live with dignity, compassion, and gracious freedom. Read these words slowly. Savor them and practice the exercises in this book. Use them to open your heart and transform your life. Your days on Earth will be full of blessings." --Jack Kornfield, author of the best-selling "A Path with Heart"show more

About James Baraz

James Baraz has been teaching meditation for more than thirty years and the Awakening Joy course, both on-site and online, since 2003. He is a co-founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and is on the international advisory board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Shoshana Tembeck Alexander has studied Buddhism since the early 1970s and is the author of In Praise of Single Parents and Women’s Ventures, Women’s Visions. She has guided the work of several prominent Buddhist authors, including Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg, and Wes Nisker. She lives in Ashland, more