Happiness Is Overrated: Simple Lessons on Finding Meaning in Each Moment

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Stop chasing happiness and reconnect to the meaning of each moment through this practical guide, told through vignettes of life training as a Buddhist monk under world-renowned spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh.

We spend so much time in pursuit of happiness--trying to purchase it, experience it, meditate our way toward it--but happiness is elusive and doesn't last. According to the teachings of the Buddha, Cuong Lu writes, "Suffering is not a problem to be solved. It is a truth to be recognized." Happiness Is Overrated invites us to look deeply at the truths in our lives--not glossing over or denying our suffering--and to focus on the meaning and value already within us.

Each chapter of Happiness Is Overrated shares a lesson drawn from Buddhist psychology, accessible for all readers. Short practices at the end of each of the 30 short chapters help readers apply the teachings on their own.

Happiness Is Overrated helps us get in touch with our true selves and our true minds, through meditation and mindfulness practices that include paying attention to the breath, observing our minds, connecting with our hearts, practicing "interbeing" with others and the Earth, and more.

Author: Cuong Lu
Binding Type: Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
Published: 05/09/2023
Pages: 136
Weight: 0.3lbs
Size: 6.80h x 4.90w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781645471677

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 02/13/2023

About the Author
CUONG LU, Buddhist teacher, scholar, and writer, was ordained a monk at Plum Village in France under the guidance of Thich Nhat Hanh. In 2000, he was recognized as a teacher in the Lieu Quan line of the Linji School of Zen Buddhism. Cuong is the founder of Mind Only School, leads retreats, and gives Dharma talks in Europe, the US, and Asia. He is the author of The Buddha in Jail: Restoring Lives, Finding Hope and Freedom (OR Books/Counterpoint Press) and Wait: A Love Letter to Those in Despair (Shambhala Publications).