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Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  492 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters, whose teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world. His first book, The Joy of Living, was a New York Times bestseller hailed as “compelling, readable, and informed” (Buddhadharma) and praised by Richard Gere, Lou Reed, and Julian Schnabel for its clarity, w ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Harmony (first published 2009)
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♥ Ibrahim ♥

It is wisdom to embrace change. We should not block distractions or give in to them. Instead, I should welcome them as friends: Hello fear! Hello itch! How are you? Why don't you stick around a while so we can get to know each other?" This practice of welcoming thoughts, emotions, and sensations is commonly referred to as mindfulness, drenpa in Tibetan language, that is, to become conscious. Once I offer to make friends with my mind, it's astonishing to discover how shy it soon becomes. When I n
The first book about Buddhism I would recommend is "The Art of Happiness" by the Dalai Lama. The second book is this one. The author explains how to apply Buddhist philosophy to the human problems we all deal with on a daily basis. He shows how different methods of meditation can be used to get through common problems like self-doubt and frustration with work. He clearly explains step-by-step methods and illustrates his points with stories anyone can relate to. He is good at explaining Buddhist ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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It's kind of random how I came across this book - I had never heard of it before in spite of its best seller status. I know I've hinted before that I'm going through some big things in my personal life, so I'm sure this genre of book makes sense in that respect, but the biggest thing that lead me to this book is that my husband has really gotten into Buddhism lately and I wanted to be able to keep up with him so I searched my library catalog for "Buddhism" and perused the selection. I narrowed t ...more
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
Mar 22, 2013 Nicholas rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nicholas by: Nate
So far, the book is living up to its title. For example, pg. 84,

"Now, peeing may not be anyone's idea of an enlightening experience, but I can tell you that once I empty my bladder, I recognize that the deep sense of relief I feel in that moment is a good analogy for the Third Noble Truth: that relief was with me all the time as what you might call a basic condition. I just didn't recognize it because it was temporarily obscured by all that water. But afterwards, I was able to recognize it and
Quynh Anh
This book may be easy to read for a Buddhist or for a person who has read many Buddhist books. Yet, I gave it a 5 stars due to the way it's structured and written. Anyone can read it and I think anyone can find many useful things that can be applied into every day Buddhist practice.
This is perhaps the book with a lot of useful practice of meditation I have encountered among many Buddhist books that I read.
I think only one time in the book reincarnation has been mentioned. I liked this. The book describes how to deal with personal problems without asking for a leap of faith. Well... Each exercise is a leap of faith, sometimes i feel like the "private lessons" often mentioned would be a better way to understand what numerous readings and meditation attempts will require to get on your own.

Compared with The Joy of Living, the science descriptions in this book seem more proper, even the references to
One of those life-changing books for me...
I just found one wisdom after another that really applied to my psyche at the time. It healed and strengthened at the same time. Will re-read periodically, as I'm sure there are many more nuggets I didn't have the readiness to see yet...
Jan 19, 2013 Jo added it
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I read this after finishing "The Joy of Living." My friend swapped these books with me. I don't identify as a Buddhist, but I will say that much of his teachings and stories are uplifting and inspire me to cultivate a sense of stability in my life and compassion towards all beings. Yongey Mingyur alludes to his childhood, when he was filled with anxiety. I relate to this well, as I too have experienced anxiety in the middle portion of my life.

Stylistically, his
Sandra Mann
This is a very practical, relevant and easy to understand book on Buddhist practices. The author is down to earth and accessible. He is someone I would like to meet! I recommend keeping this book on your nightstand.
A kind, gentle, and practical approach to developing awareness, insight, and empathy. I appreciated his approach to breaking down difficult mind states into smaller, easier-to-deal-with units and his caution to not overdo and to change up your practice to keep it fresh and relevant. His techniques and analogies are accessible such as his observation that the increased arising of difficult emotions can be a sign that your practice is progressing, like a dirty dish soaking in water. While the dish ...more
Tenzin Tsokey
I find this book a testament of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche's personel practices and insights into meditation and Buddhist science. I am sure he has done really amazing job by writing this book for thousands of readers knowingly or unknowingly hunting for such book long times back.
Infact, it took me for awhile to read this book easily because I can not turn to next page to next without giving a thoughts to a particular page that I had read, as almost every single pages in the book demanding your no
Nicholas Carpenito
This was a truly great read. It was insightful, it was light hearted, funny, and powerful. I learned things from it, I laughed a lot reading it, and I felt like following the lessons in it would really make me a more complete person, more able to help others find their way.
At not point did I feel compelled to finish this book, you can read it, put it down for a month, and start again, and nothing is lost. It feels like listening to an old friend speak to you, not like being preached to or taug
As a student of Mingyur Rinpoche, I am thrilled that his new book, JOYFUL WISDOM, is coming out soon! Much needed in this 'age of anxiety!'

Rinpoche shows us how to embrace change and find freedom within - JOYFUL WISDOM is filled with new shamatha and vipassana practices and concludes with loving-kindness/compassion techniques. The final section suggests ways to apply each of these practices more skillfully.

Rinpoche teaches with warmth, compassion, wisdom, and joy - his teachings are great for t
Beth Chapman
Good introduction to separating ourselves from thoughts and emotions. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is very human and practical in approach. Four step process very informative and practical. Recommended for new meditators and perhaps new approach for those who feel their practice has become routine.
This is definitely the best book of buddhist practice I have read (and I've read a few). Clear and concise explanations of the theory and practice of meditation. If you have not teacher or school, this is as good a guide as you will find until such time as you connects with a teacher or sangha where you can receive some individual guidance. Yongey Minhyur draws from his tradition, his personal learnings and Western neuroscience to help us become more acquainted with our minds and relationships w ...more
Noah Rasheta
This book is a great introduction to understand the core tenants of Tibetan Buddhism. I really enjoyed Mingyur's way of explaining things like emptiness and meditation.
Fred Chamberlain
This is a solid and engaging book that explains the practical aspects of Buddhism without beating readers over the head with the spiritual aspects of it that eventually drove it to become a religion. I often smile when I consider how much cognitive behavioral theory mirrors Buddhist practice. A great read for anyone. Whether you are knowledgeable of the practice or curious, this book is grounded in entertaining and useful analogies and stories to reinforce points.
Virginia Lambing
I love this book, and lend it to everyone I can convince to read it. It makes you question your thought processes and patterns, and encourages meditation as a way to 'calm' the mind. This book puts everything in life (the little stressors to the big challenges) in perspective, from a Buddhist point of view.

Definitely read if you're even remotely interested in Tibetan Buddhism, philosophy, or stress-management.
I truly appreciated how approachable Yongey Mingyur is and felt that his juxtaposition of Buddhist parables to "life off the mountain top" (as I call my quest for spiritual development amidst technology and interpersonal relationships) provided opportunity for reflection. I now see "meditation supports" everywhere!
Tenzin Palden
Very compelling.. thought provoking. I didn't know mingyur rinpoche could be so humorous until I read this book.
I appreciated how Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche wrote it for Westerns interested in learning more about Buddhism. His writings are easy to understand with many examples & explanations. He even mentions his own struggles which is encouraging for beginners.
This book was a great introduction to the basic concepts of Buddhism and meditation. The author used issues faced in today's society to explain how these principles could benefit the reader in a very accessible way.
This is the second book of his that I read. It's amazingly clear and insightful. I wish he'd written more but DID find a local center devoted to his teachings in Portland
I've read several books about Buddhism and I have to say this is by far the easiest to understand and practice. Now if I could only put all of it into practice!
Aug 08, 2009 Melinda added it
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A very approachable exploration of Buddhist tenets and how they relate to modern life. I've read many in this genre and this is by far the most compelling.
A lot of overlap between this and his other two books (as in, anecdotes retold almost verbatim) but that said, I still really enjoy it.
While Feodor Chin sometimes reminded me of Mingyur, his voice is too authoritative, i missed Mingyur childlike voice and imperfect english.
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great reviews of JOYFUL WISDOM and a fun video from Mingyur Rinpoche! 1 20 Mar 28, 2009 12:33PM  
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Born in 1975 in the Himalayan border regions between Tibet and Nepal, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a rising star among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters. From a young age, Rinpoche was drawn to a life of contemplation. He spent many years of his childhood in strict retreat. At the age of seventeen, he was invited to be a teacher at his monastery’s three-year retreat center, a position r ...more
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“If you're determined to think of yourself as limited, fearful, vulnerable, or scarred by past experience, know only that you have chosen to do so.” 18 likes
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