Author(s): Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche with Eric Swanson
Using Buddhist practices, Joyful Wisdom reveals ways in which we can overcome anxiety and troubling emotions, embrace change and find freedom. In this remarkable sequel to his book, The Joy of Living, Buddhist scholar and teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche explores the role of positive thinking and how to overcome anxiety in everyday life.
Seen from the 2,500 year-old perspective of Buddhism, every chapter in human history can be described as an 'age of anxiety'; anxiety has been part of the human condition for centuries. In general, we respond to this basic unease and the disturbing emotions it engenders in one of two ways: we try to escape or we succumb. Either way creates more complications and problems in our lives. And Buddhism offers a third option: 'taking your life on the path'. Looking directly at the disturbing emotions and other problems we experience in our lives, see them as stepping stones to freedom; befriend them, work through them to reach an authentic experience of wisdom, confidence, clarity, and joy.
Joyful Wisdom is divided into three parts, the way traditional Buddhist texts are organized.
Part One offers an overview of the basic unease we feel, how it evolved, and its true source.
Part Two describes the methods of meditation that transforms our experiences into deeper insights. First published 2009.