By Diana Lobel
Lobel exhibits that whereas thick descriptions of happiness vary broadly in texture and aspect, definite topics resonate throughout texts from diverse traditions and historic contexts, suggesting center gains of a contented existence: attentive expertise; easy motion; courting and connection to a bigger, interconnected group; love or devotion; and inventive engagement. every one characteristic provides which means, value, and price, in order that we will be able to craft lives of worthy and goal. those subject matters emerge from cautious learn of philosophical and non secular texts and traditions: the Greek philosophers Aristotle and Epicurus; the chinese language traditions of Confucius, Laozi, and Zhuangzi; the Hindu Bhagavad Gita; the japanese Buddhist culture of Soto Zen grasp Dogen and his sleek expositor Shunryu Suzuki; the Western spiritual traditions of Augustine and Maimonides; the Persian Sufi story Conference of the Birds; and modern learn on mindfulness and creativity. Written in a transparent, obtainable sort, Philosophies of Happiness invitations readers of all backgrounds to discover and interact with non secular and philosophical conceptions of what makes existence meaningful.
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