The Path to Happiness Begins with Love - New Book Reveals Buddha’s Advice for a Happy Life

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“Everyone wants to be happy and no one wants to suffer, but very few people understand the real causes of happiness and suffering,” says best-selling Buddhist author and meditation master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in his revised edition of "Eight Steps to Happiness: the Buddhist way of Loving Kindness." Gyatso explains how to meditate on a classic 11th century Buddhist poem to experience a loving heart and happy mind.

Eight Steps to Happiness by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Eight Steps to Happiness by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

"Geshe Kelsang Gyatso illuminates the very heart of Buddhist thought and practice."
- Booklist, American Library Association

Buddha teaches that a loving heart is a powerful source of happiness. And Eight Steps to Happiness is a practical guide to developing this mind of love. Step one, “Learning to Cherish Others,” teaches how to "develop a realistic view of the world, based on an understanding of the equality and interdependence of all living beings. Once we view each and every living being as important we will naturally develop good intentions toward them,” writes meditation master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

“Love is the great protector,” Gyatso explains, “protecting us from anger and jealousy.” With a loving heart we will naturally enjoy everyone we meet, and “difficult” people will disappear—no longer having an ability to cause us pain or upset. Instead of limiting our love to a few people and experiencing only limited happiness, we will learn how our kind heart cherishing others becomes the basis for all our happiness and good qualities. “We [will] have discovered an inexhaustible fountain of happiness within our own mind—our love for others.”

The ultimate goal is not just one's own happiness, but this loving heart will naturally help others experience lasting happiness too. And as love and wisdom grow, people will be able to “remove negativity from the world and give back love and kindness,” Gyatso writes. “We will discover through our own experience that this precious mind of love is the real wish-granting jewel, because it fulfills the pure wishes of both ourself and all living beings.”

Eight Steps to Happiness, based on the classic Buddhist text Eight Verses of Training the Mind, contains “a step-by-step path to complete inner peace and happiness.… Although Eight Verses was written over nine hundred years ago, it is as relevant today as it was then. Whether Buddhist or not, anyone with a genuine wish to overcome their inner problems and achieve permanent inner peace and happiness can benefit from [this] advice,” Gyatso writes.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Tibet at the age of eight. He is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. He has written 21 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism which have sold over 800,000 copies, and founded of over 1200 Kadampa Meditation Centers and groups around the world. His books reveal the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment, including Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings.

Tharpa Publications is a non-profit company dedicated to world peace. Tharpa’s books on meditation, Buddhism, and self-help have sold over 800,000 copies. From accessible titles for beginners to advanced volumes for serious meditators, all our books are acclaimed for their clarity and practical application. And as a collection, our titles reveal the entire Buddhist path to liberation and enlightenment.

Book Details
Title: Eight Steps to Happiness
Author: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Publisher: Tharpa Publications
Publication: 3rd edition, Spring 2012, $14.95, Paper, ISBN: 978-1-61606-008-4
Buddhism/Meditation, 384 pages, 5 1/8” x 7 3/4"
Available at bookstores everywhere, online at Tharpa.com/us and distributed by Ingram Publisher Services.

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