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It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness

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Using delightful and deceptively powerful stories from everyday experiences, beloved Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein demystifies spirituality, charts the path to happiness through the Buddha's basic teachings, shows how to eliminate hindrances to clear seeing, and develops a realistic course toward wisdom and compassion. A wonderfully engaging guide, full of humor, memor ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 14th 1997 by HarperOne (first published 1995)
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Ellie
If I could remember everything I read in this little book, I would be well on my way to being enlightened. But I forget so quickly. I suppose that's why we speak of spiritual "practice"-it's like exercise. I never "get" it, it's never "finished." And that's a good thing.
It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness by Sylvia Boorstein is a clear, brief guide to Buddhist practice. Boorstein's presence emanates from every page: warm, passionate, compassionate. Funny. Loving. And above
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Anne-Marie
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
"The tendency to struggle in the mind comes from taking one's own story personally rather than seeing it as part if the great unfolding cosmic drama."

"We have two kinds of fears. One is a fear that whatever is going on is going to go on forever. It's just not true - nothing goes on forever. The other is the fear that, even if it doesn't go on forever, the pain of whatever is happening will be so terrible we won't be able to stand it."

One of those books that popped up in my life right when I need
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Debra
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
This was one of the most delightful books I have read in a long time. Sylvia reveals the simplicity and complexity of Buddhism in everyday life. Great book...looking forward to reading her other books.
Cheryl
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful little book. Hope I can remember some of it so I can apply the learnings to my own life and its ups and downs. Boorstein is very relatable and doesn't claim to be the perfect Buddhist.
Rick
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent insight into basic Buddhist principles for beginners and the dim-witted.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've found a new writer on happiness, and that's a happy thing. Sylvia Boorstein shows us how to take a step back from our thoughts and reflect on our reflections before we jump into anger or frustration or annoyance. And it really is easier than I thought.
Kristine
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Unless you never rate your books here, or are a pretty picky reviewer, you probably know that as you select the five-star rating, you get a brief glimpse of the phrase "it was amazing". When I saw it this time, it struck me that while this book gets an easy five stars from me, I wouldn't call it 'amazing', because that's not the point. Sometimes, you don't want AMAZING, and when I want to ponder something like The Buddhist Way to Happiness, I appreciate that Sylvia's writing is something even be
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Linda Hollingsworth
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is another great book about spirituality with a very down to earth and friendly tone. Reading these short chapters is very much like sitting in the kitchen of a friend over a cup of tea and coffee cake. It is so friendly you may want to stay, and as Silvia points out, it is difficult not to want. The line between appreciating and wanting is so very difficult to negotiate, but Silvia shares stories and insights that illuminate the path and the purpose of mindfulness practice.

A good example
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lynn
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sylvia B is awesome! Her book is just what I needed to give me some timely insights into life. The thoughts and teachings are not radically different from what I’ve learned from my parents, my teachers, my friends, and my religion. But its surface level practicality and simplicity just grabbed me, and it offers enough depth to delve into for years.

From my very initial reading, most of Buddhism seems to revolve around the fact that life is difficult, and we can’t change that. Obviously, not rock
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Scout Stirling
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A very informative introduction to the practice of Buddhism with personal opinions from the author's own experience. With each chapter being no more than three (with the exception of one that is still only about seven) pages long, it makes it a very easy to understand book with no confusing details.

However, as it says on the front, it generally does not stray from the 'path to happiness', so maybe if you are interested in the deepest realms of Buddhism, it might not be your cup of tea. Ideal for
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Sylvia Boorstein (born 1936) is an American writer and Buddhist spiritualist.
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“... every single act we do has the potential of causing pain, and every single thing we do has consequences that echo way beyond what we can imagine. It doesn't mean we shouldn't act. It means we should act carefully. Everything matters [p. 41].” 19 likes
“Pain is inevitable; lives come with pain. Suffering is not inevitable. If suffering is what happens when we struggle with our experience because of our inability to accept it, then suffering is an optional extra [p. 19].” 12 likes
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