I like what he says. He seems to be a good man. And his ideas are inspiring and make one feel better.
Another book I just read about happiness and inner peace and satisfaction that I love was called "Working On Yourself Doesn't Work: A Book About Instantaneous Transformation" by Ariel and Shya Kane. The authors talk about a way to discover enlightenment without working or trying to fix yourself, do therapy, or even do years of chanting etc. It is Eastern as well as a western approach. But I think it is certainly an easier apporach than the Dalai Lama's for most modern people. Their appraoch recommends being active in the world and giving your totality to living your life,doing your job, loving your loved ones, enjoying your friends: and be able to have detachment from your history.
I loved this book! Ariel and Shya Kane, like the Dalai Lama, are special people, and you can feel that the authors have integrity and are operating with a pure heart...And it helps everyone...
What is happiness - true happiness? Is it finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Sharing a life with someone you love? Finding peace and contentment within yourself? Is it being the best that you can possibly become and achieving your full potential? (Most of us never reach that one.) Do you rely on others to make and keep you happy? True happiness comes not from the actions of others or the external, materialistic world around us; it comes from deep within us. Unfortunately, many people wander through their entire life never completely understanding that. They have not become enlightened.
When I first learned of Buddhist philosophies and heard of the Dalai Lama, I found those philosophies far removed from the theories of Freud studied in psychology classes. However, the longer I followed and practised those beliefs, the more simplistic and enriched my life became - material possessions were of no significant importance, time on this Earth became irrelevant, the hassles of everyday living became minor inconsequential matters in the overall journey, and happiness became a way of life, not a destination.
The Dalai Lama is a wise, inspirational, humble and intensely thought-provoking man. He teaches us the true meaning of what is important in this life and what is not. "The Art of Happiness" is far more deserving of a five-star rating, but at least for the purpose of evaluating a book, the stars do not go any higher. I hope you will read the book; it will lift your spirits and soothe your soul.