Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness - Praise

Walking the Buddha’s Path

Eight Mindful Steps To Happiness is a perfect companion to Mindfulness In Plain English. Written with the thoroughness and the masterful simplicity so characteristic of his teaching, Bhante Gunaratana presents essential guidelines for turning the Buddha’s teachings on the eightfold path into living wisdom.”—Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath By Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation

“Bhante Gunaratana’s wonderful new book is a practical and personal guide for those truly interested in what it means to be happy.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

“Clear and straightforward, the reader feels just how possible and practical it is to lead a happy life. Highly recommended.”—Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace and One Dharma

Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness is the follow-up to Bhante Gunaratana’s popular and accessible guide to meditation, Mindfulness in Plain English. Gunaratana, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk who has lived and lectured in North America for many years, has an engaging voice and a straight-forward delivery that’s hard not to like, especially when he’s enlivening the Buddha’s map to enlightenment, the eightfold path. Gunaratana succeeds by emphasizing immediate action and the final goal of happiness: ‘If you are willing to do whatever it takes to find your way out of suffering—and it means confronting the roots of resistance and craving right here, right now—you can reach complete success. If you know something to be true, don’t ignore it. Act on it!’ Each chapter in Eight Mindful Steps explains the purpose and practice of an aspect of right conduct, pointing out some potential pitfalls in our modern-day context.”—Shambhala Sun

“Bhante Gunaratana’s earlier book Mindfulness in Plain English was first published in 1993; even though a spate of books for beginners has glutted the market since that time, it has retained its status for being among the very best. His new book on the Buddha’s Eightfold Path is the much-awaited sequel and serves the reader just as well. Bhante Gunaratana’s forte is his presentation of clear, intelligent insight into the most basic teaching in a voice that is well acquainted with the West. The instructions, honed for contemporary Western ways, make this book another exceptional example of how profound a simple and accessible book can be.”—Tricycle

“Offers a mentally evolved, elegantly presented, beautifully simple, Buddhist approach to life. [Bhante] draws upon his immense experience, insight, and education skills to share the Buddha’s teachings on every aspect of human life. A wonderful and much appreciated contribution.”—Midwest Journal

“Highly accessible.”—Publishers Weekly

“In his sequel to his popular Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana delves into the Buddha’s most profound teachings, the Eightfold path. Appreciated as a ‘teacher’s teacher,’ he offers generous and specific advice (still in plain English) towards developing mindfulness. ...Combining meaningful examples of each noble truth with direct, specific suggestions for related practices, this book will be a boon to all who aspire to follow in the Buddha’s path toward contentment.”—NAPRA ReVIEW

“Written in the same straight-forward style as his classic work Mindfulness in Plain English. The result is this astoundingly clear and joyful guide to living life at the deepest level. Bhante uses a wonderful and richly varied storytelling style to illustrate his teachings. Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness will surely prove to be a trusted resource, reflecting the gentleness and compassion of one whose life has been dedicated to coming home to freedom.”—Inquiring Mind

“A primer written in a direct and compelling manner. The author illustrates Buddhist principles with a timeless directness; his writing alleviates the obstacles between the Western consciousness and Eastern philosophy. [Contains] universal wisdom.”—ForeWord 

“The author takes the reader through each of the steps of the Eightfold path in clearly expressed, simple terms. His valuable instructions on the posture, place, and time dedicated to sitting meditation will motivate both the beginning and experienced meditator to a more dedicated practice.”—Hsi Lai Journal of Humanistic Buddhism

“Venerable Dr. Henepola Gunaratana has earned a reputation as a meditation master and erudite scholar. He knows both the theory and practice of Buddha’s sublime Dhamma as explicit in his published sermons and books. His previous book, Mindfulness in Plain English, has already gained acclaim as a bestseller and a masterpiece in the U.S. This book takes the author’s high reputation on to a higher pedestal on which he teaches the sublime Dhamma with clarity and wisdom, as if showering drops of nectar on a Dhamma-thirsty world. This book is a classic; Bhante does not attempt to touch upon abstruse philosophy or metaphysics, or compare the teachings with any other school of religious thought. Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness os a straightforward, lucid explanation in simple language, so that anyone who knows the basic teachings of the Buddha can absorb the deeper and more subtle aspects to fullest satisfaction, and without bothering to search for further authorities or references. Although I call it a classic, it can be appreciated as more than that: it is an encyclopedic compendium which covers and discovers for the fortunate reader the foremost knowledge that Buddha declared that none other than a Supreme Buddha can discover, for the weal and welfare of all sentient beings. Having read Bhante Gunaratana’s masterpiece, I feel consoled that I have written by a bodhisattva for the eager seeker to ease his journey towards the goal of Supreme Bliss in Nirvana.”—Review by A.D. T.E. Perera