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Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, celebrated Tibetan Buddhist master and author of the internationally acclaimed The Joy of Living, is deeply versed in the practical and philosophical disciplines of the ancient tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He is perhaps best known for his accessible style, his self-deprecating humor, and his ability to address human weakness with deeply personal understanding and compassion. For more information about Yongey Mingyur, his teachings, and his activities around the world, visit www.mingyur.org.

Eric Swanson is coauthor of The Joy of Living. A graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, he is the author of the novels The Greenhouse Effect and The Boy in the Lake. After converting to Buddhism in 1995, he cowrote Karmapa, The Sacred Prophecy and authored What the Lotus Said, both of which focus on Buddhism within Tibet.

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"Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the Tibetan Buddhist master of mind-over-matter and co-author of the best-selling The Joy of Living...recommends Buddhism's cheerful, non-alarmist, big-picture approach to life's obstacles as a prescription for contemporary troubles."
-"Paper Cuts" blog, NewYorkTimes.com

"[Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche] has written an unusually lucid and graceful addition to the modern canon....The exceptionally clear descriptions combined with Mingyur's compassion and gentle wisdom make this book a valuable guide to Buddhist practice."
-Publishers Weekly

"Talking to Mingyur Rinpoche is like sipping chamomile tea. He has spent a lifetime cultivating calm. But, as a child, he says, he was plagued by nearly debilitating anxiety attacks. He moved beyond them, not by trying to be the master of this problem or by becoming its slave. He made friends with the problem. This is a third approach to adversity and one that Americans rarely consider."
-Arizona Republic

Praise for The Joy of Living

"Compelling, readable, and informed."
-Buddhadharma

"Rinpoche 's investigations into the science of happiness are woven into an accessible introduction to Buddhism."
-Tricycle

"I rejoice in this book, the first of its kind, a truly compelling and infinitely practical fusion of Tibetan Buddhism and scientific ideas."
-Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

"There is real wisdom here. Fresh and clear. Mingyur Rinpoche has offered us what may well be an essential link between the Buddha and contemporary neuroscience and physics. He effortlessly makes connections between seemingly disparate and complex disciplines and makes the journey sparkle."
-Richard Gere

"An extraordinarily clear book."
-Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses and vice-chair of the Mind and Life Institute

"[P]ersonal, readable, and wonderfully warm."
-Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

"Mingyur Rinpoche 's unique contribution to this emerging field is an early flowering of the interface of neuroscience and Buddhism. . . . I heartily recommend this to anyone interested in the healing arts, consciousness studies, and genuine contemplative practice
today."
-Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World and founder of the Dzogchen Center in America

"Mingyur Rinpoche is a charismatic teacher with a heart and smile of gold. . . . This is one of those rare books where you meet the author and learn from his radiance."
-Lou Reed

"This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the causes and consequences of happiness."
-Richard J. Davidson, director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

"We are lucky and blessed to have the possibility to hear the candid, down-to-earth, and beyond the consciousness of imagination generosity that Mingyur Rinpoche exudes in his teachings."
-Julian Schnabel

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