2000-01-06: The Art of Happiness

The Art of Happiness

A Handbook for Living (1998)

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (1935-) and Howard C. Cutler, M.D. (?)

This book had the potential to be very interesting, but I abandoned it in irritation at about page 100 (of 322).

Cutler had access to the Dalai Lama over more than a decade, and has made a book from his conversations. The idea is laudable, but Cutler imposes too much of his own viewpoint as he tries to interpret the Dalai Lama’s. Unfortunately his own viewpoint is that of a psychiatrist. He is too analytical, and tries to justify the Dalai Lama’s philosophical assertions by poorly presented evidence from psychological and other rational Western scientific research.

Conceivably a patient person could extract only the Dalai Lama’s statements, and find some useful content. I’m not that patient.

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