«The Happiness Project» by Ron Leifer
Ron Leifer’s out-of-print book, «The Happiness Project» (1997), is now available again as a free eBook for download.
«The Happiness Project: Transforming the Three Poisons that Cause the Suffering We Inflict on Ourselves and Others» is the first book of what became known as The «Happiness Trilogy».
The ways we strive for happiness—trying to fulfill desires, avoid pain, and create self-identity—are the same ways that we cause suffering for ourselves and others. In Buddhism, these three components are called the “Three Poisons”. In this work, Dr. Leifer presents a view of the Three Poisons, compatible with Western science, from the Buddha’s foundational teaching on the Four Noble Truths. He then explores the themes of suffering, desire, and self-identity (or “ignorance”) as they recur throughout Western religion, mythology, history, philosophy, law and psychology. Finally, he offers a meditation on the problems and prospects of seeking and finding lasting happiness.
You can download the ebook choosing between ePub and Mobipocket format—and read it offline in your eReader, smartphone, tablet or PC.
Digital edition by Tristano Ajmone, OISM Editions, June 2015.
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