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|Eight Steps to Happiness
By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Review: What better gift to gift than happiness? I have read plenty of books that begin with “Five Steps to…” or “Seven Essential Stages to…” but none really delivered…until I read Eight Steps to Happiness. Honestly, I haven’t found a clearer set of instructions to achieve personal and collective happiness anywhere.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Tibet at the age of eight. He is a fully accomplished meditation master, prolific author, and international teacher
While the examples given in the book (of how to apply his principles) draw heavily on Buddhist teachers and students from the past, the book feels like a tome for readers of any faith. Like most Buddhist teachings, the source is Buddhist but the applications are broad.
Some people enjoy spiritual books written using personal stories, others like to read about historical figures and others prefer scripture. This book is a mixture of all three–and for that reason (and the teachings themselves!) has been a profound book in my life.
This book can be passed around on Thanksgiving and might inspire the year’s best conversations around the table.