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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047146984X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471469841
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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OVER THE PAST THIRTY-FOUR years that I have studied and practiced Buddhism, I have trained under the guidance of sixty teachers from the East and West. Read the first page
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. Hall on 17 Sep 2010
Format: Hardcover
i had to give it 5 stars! thought about 4 but can't find fault.

if, like me, you don't always want to be sold the whole nine yards and perhaps like to walk your own path exploring the road to enlightenment, whilst relying on good guides along the way, then this book is for you.

you find out what is was that the Buddha himself actually taught, unembellished by, what i have found, to be questionable further 'revelations' and / or religious dogma. this is presented in bite-sized, specific, ways that you can explore / practice in an organised way. as well as presenting a practical way of exploring the great perfection that you may seek. cheers Alan

plus there is plenty of food for thought too. mmmm!

the author also writes from a western mind-set and is someone who has walked the walk all over the world. he draws from 'vipassana' (indian), 'zen' (oriental) and other traditions. this enables you to potentially make effective spiritual progress by studying the authors choice of the most effective means that he has found in each tradition.

btw if you like barefoot doc (body) stuff, then you may well like this.

peace, love and good things.

Ez. London.
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105 of 105 people found the following review helpful
A Supreme Guide to Meditation and Contentment 13 Oct 2005
By D. McKenzie - Published on
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This is one of the most concise books I've ever read on meditation and Buddhism's method for leading a virtuous and happy life. This is the one book that brought together everything that I had previously read in other books on Buddhism and meditation. With so many approaches to meditation, it's a relief to find an experienced practitioner who eloquently maps out the elements of Buddhist meditation in relationship to the balanced development of both wisdom and compassion. In particular, I found it very helpful the way the author divides the practice of 'samatha' or tranquility meditation and 'vipassana' techniques or insight meditation. The explanation of the Four Immeasurables (kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity) and how they balance our practice that's useful to others as well as ourselves was also invaluable. The writing is condensed and to the point with many jewels of wisdom. I found myself underlining almost every other sentence. If you're looking for a clear outline for meditation practice and how to apply it to your daily practice on an off the meditation cushion, this is a great book to read, study, and put into practice.
54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
more practice guide than academic discussion 22 Jan 2007
By Jim G - Published on
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I own several of Alan Wallace's books. I like them all. He presents information from a Western perspective, which I find easier to understand. Here there are specific meditation techniques presented in detail. You are encouraged to practice for a while at each stage using the suggested exercises before continuing on in the book. This book serves as a nice checklist for a complete Buddhist meditation practice, including meditative quiescence (Shamatha), (Buddhist) wisdom meditation, dream yoga and more.

Alan Wallace's other book, "The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind" would be more appropriate if your interest is specifically in meditative quiescence (mind training).
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
GOLD MINE!!!!! 18 Dec 2007
By Sarah Orbanic - Published on
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I'm a Christian who is new to studying Buddhism. I find that the teachings and meditations enhance
my religion, as well as my life. I have to admit that this book was on my shelf for a while before
I began reading it. I was a bit scared that it might be too difficult to follow for a beginner.
Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. I'm a mother of a toddler and I only have 2 hours a day free to do what I want, and I chose to use up all my free time to read this book. It was really easy to read but not at all dumbed down. The meditations were also very clear and easy to follow. After reading this book I truly believe that loving everyone even your enemies is attainable in this life time. For a book to give me such inspiration and hope is absolutely amazing. This book is excellent not just for enhancing my life but for really wanting to strive for enlightenment and perfection. It's only been a week since I've read this book and just the teachings alone have already improved my life, and have caused a shift in my perspective. I think this book would be excellent for anyone in any walk of life, and any level of Buddhist knowledge. I can't believe I had a gold mine sitting in my book shelf this whole time waiting to be read. This is one of those books that you will want to share with everyone after reading it. I am in no way interested in new age books, and this does not even come close. This is the real thing, completely authentic. Alan has so much knowledge and experience on this subject, and the fact that he's a Westerner gives him an even better perspective on how to relay all his information to the modern society.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Not a Manual for Contentment, but a Path to Self-esteem 7 Jan 2007
By Arthur R. Murphy - Published on
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I read the first three chapters of "Genuine Happiness" as the textbook for a class in Tibetan meditation at a Buddhist monastery in Atlanta: a valuable supplement to techniques to quiet the `monkey mind' of frenzied western consumers.

But the book, like Tibetan Buddhist meditation itself, is not about a technique for relaxation, nor merely an escape from frantic behavior. It is a path to an awareness of the necessity for ethical behavior: a prerequisite for true happiness. And, ethical conduct is based not only on clarity of thought but also an awareness of what service to other sentient beings entails.

As an entry to guided mediation, the book is helpful. (Although, mastering new concepts without the aid of an experienced teacher is worse than learning new software without at least a User's Guide.) Life is rarely "intuitive"... No meditation book can function as a self-contained manual.

The profound value of this book is its gentle synthesis of the rational views of western science with eastern visions of esoteric reality that surpass a biological understanding of consciousness. The last few chapters define levels of enlightenment that exceed what most of us can attain - levels of mastery that transcend western explanations of conscious control of our physical reality. These forms of enlightenment redefine the "Happiness" of the book's title.

If you are interested in a genuine path to happiness through service to others (with more self-awareness than one gets from the Boy Scout's oath), this book will be a wonderful companion for your journey.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An Insightful & Concise Guide To Life 10 Jun 2008
By Ingo Leung - Published on
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There are books that you read, you enjoy, & you gradually forget; there are books that you read, you think, & you apply the underlying wisdom to your life. Allan Wallace's 'Genuine Happiness' is certainly the second type; it's actually one of the rare & precious books that I would treasure for the rest of my life.
Wallace's writing is highly concise; he presents the wisdom of Buddhist meditation practice in a coherent, humane & pragmatic manner that anyone with any cultural or spirtual background can appreciate, value & apply.
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