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Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  733 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Tibetan meditation master Yongey Mingyur has won praise from the likes of Richard Gere, Julian Schnabel, and Lou Reed, but his true worth doesn't reside in such stylish endorsements. Rather, he merits our interest for his artfully simple distillations of more than 2,000 years of Tibetan Buddhist wisdom. In Joyful Wisdom, his charming stand-alone follow-up to The Joy of Liv ...more
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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
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
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
Cynthia Egbert
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audio
I adored this book and am buying my own copy. I listened to this one on audio and the author uses one word repeatedly that he pronounced in an odd fashion and I just desperately wanted to make notes in the book as I was listening so I am looking forward to sitting down with my own hard copy. I could seriously just copy the entire book here aas good quotes but I am just going to add the ones most profound to me.

If you have a little water in ear, pour in more water and drain it all out. A illustra
Bryce Holt
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even excellent books can catch you at the wrong time. This was a good book (I listened to the audiobook, FYI), but I think the messages were sadly lost on me. The messages of detaching oneself from fear, desire and those things that hold you back from living life as it should be lived...I just can't do it right now. I can't just breathe out the stress; can't detach myself from my work. It's sad to recognize that what this monk is telling me I need to do to "find freedom" is the very thing I just ...more
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time learning some of the concepts of Buddism and I was really happy with this introduction. A wonderful look at the basic of this ideology with great step by step procedures for getting started. I loved all the examples Yongey Mingyur uses from people's real lives and the way things were broken down for easier understanding. My first complaint is that it is a bit repetitive in the middle and I found myself losing interest, but the last few chapters made up for it. The other co ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read-again
This book was so very joyful! Yongey Mingyur introduces Buddhist concepts and practices elegantly and gently with plenty of modern examples and stories. As a beginner, it felt like there were so many exercises and steps that I will have to return to this book soon to practice more of them as I continue learning and meditating. Reading this book felt so very freeing and I would recommend it to any beginner.
Sufie Berger
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book explaining different aspects of practicing Buddhism
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to write a quick review:

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
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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
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
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
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Fred Chamberlain
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Quynh Anh
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a wonderful supplement to my meditation practice. I recognized some of the teachings in what I have experienced for myself, and it has laid a solid groundwork for how to continue. I plan on rereading this again in the future - it's one of those books that will always have something new to teach you.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: growth
Одна из самых прекрасных книг, которые я прочитала в этом году. Удивительный микс конфессии, науки и простых человеческих историй. Книга подарит именно то, что вы ожидаете. Если вы готовы к Радостной Мудрости, конечно;)
Sandra Mann
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Faith Tydings
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really nice book. Full of antidotal stories and quiet wisdom from the ages. It left me feeling peaceful and hopeful that I, too, can be joyful in the simple things and ultimately peaceful in my own body and brain.
Beth Chapman
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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