June 10, 2012
In down-to-earth, no-nonsense language, Lama Marut, Buddhist monk, university professor, surfer and motorcyclist, tells readers how to incite happiness in life. We’re looking for happiness in all the wrong places, he says, and then points us in the right direction. First, we need to release any anger and pain about the past. Second, dump those worries about the future. Third, learn about cause and effect so we understand that present circumstances are a result of past actions, and we’re planting the seeds now we want to grow in the future. And lastly, master the ability to stay happy no matter what the circumstances. Each chapter is a lesson, ending with a Couch Potato Contemplation and an Action Plan. Microsoft Tags throughout the text allow us to link to online videos of the author discussing his concepts, and in the epilogue he gives nine tips for everyday use to increase joy. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and do the work required to achieve genuine contentment and help others achieve it too, let Marut be your guide.