Buddhist leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama sets aside his religious approach of life and talks about our quest for happiness. He seeks to reach attention of people despite their age, colour, sex and most importantly, religious beliefs. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jew, Hindu or a non-believer, this book will introduce you to ethics and morals that we, as human beings, each should practice. This is the secret of our individual happiness as well as whole humanity’s wellbeing.
Avoiding difficult Buddhist jargon, Nobel Peace laureate reveals our human nature of seeking eternal pleasure and happiness. In the first part of the book, he systematically analyses what we, Westerners, consider happiness, such as material wealth, friendships, health and so on. However, he points out, that this is misguided understanding. Instead, he shows us the way to a true and everlasting happiness, which comes from within oneself.
The second part is a practical guide of how to become happier and better human being. It teaches to restrain from negative behaviour, fight with pessimistic thoughts and destructive emotions, and cultivate key inner values such as compassion, patience, self-discipline, generosity and philanthropy.
The book informs readers that the process of genuine changes is long and somehow a bit painful. At the very least, it does not lie to you like those quick and easy guides to happiness, wealth and love; all genuine changes take time and effort.