The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living.

by Dalai Lama XIV, Dr. Howard C. Cutler.

Published by Riverhead.

One of the important things to realize about this book is that it is not written by the Dalai Lama himself, but by Dr. Howard C. Cutler, a professional psychologist, and is based on his numerous conversations with the Dalai Lama.

Dr. Cutler provides the “western”, science-based perspective on the Buddhist monk’s teachings. When the Dalai Lama is quoted in the book it makes for fascinating reading. His insights are full of common sense, good will, and practicality.

Dr. Cutler I feel is a good stand — in for western way of thinking, but I find his naiveté gets a little irritating after a while. Also his constant need to ask, what boil down to, very basic questions and incessantly repeating, “How would a non — Buddhist do this or that?” is often tedious. These are questions the average person might ask and while that is all well and good I feel it is the author’s responsibility to dig deeper and ask the questions we as readers might not think of.

This is an interesting book and it would serve as an introduction to the teachings of the Dalai Lama.