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The Buddha's Way of Happiness

What People Are Saying

​Transform your life. Discover greater joy, ​ease, and freedom.

Happiness Expert, Thomas Bien Ph.D

"A wonderful blend of purpose, parable, and practice conveying the essential Buddhist insight that happiness and contentment are much closer than we think.." 
                         --Zindel Segal, author of The Mindful Way Through Depression.

"In a delightfully unpretentious fashion, Thomas Bien provides a sophisticated introduction to Buddhist philosophy and practice...I heartily recommend savoring these pages." 
                         --Steven Forrest, author of The Inner Sky.

"Brilliant, captivating, and insightful, The Buddha's Way of Happiness will help all of us move toward greater degrees of joy, ease, and freedom. Bien's clinical wisdom, scientific rigor, and deep compassion are felt in each page of the book. These ideas and practices have the power to transform our individual and collective lives."
                        --Shauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D., associate professor at Santa Clara University and coauthor of The Art and Science  of Mindfulness

"This wonderful volume skillfully blends common sense and uncommon wisdom to lead readers toward what we all really want: happiness and contentment. With the care of a psychotherapist, the knowledge of a researcher, and the insight of one who has walked the walk, Bien shows us that happiness is found closer to home than we believed, and points out how we get there."  

                        --Paul R. Fulton, Ed.D., director of mental health for Tufts Health Plan and president emeritus of the Institute for Meditation

                                                               and Psychotherapy


The excitement you feel after hearing good news or achieving a goal is fleeting, but true happiness-that is, the warm feeling of deep contentment and joy-is lasting, and it can be yours in every moment. The Buddha's Way of Happiness is a guide to putting aside your anxieties about the future, regrets about the past, and constant longing to change your life for the better, and awakening to the joy of living.

With this book as your guide, you'll identify the barriers to happiness you create in your own life and use the eightfold path of Buddhist psychology to improve your ability to appreciate the small, joyful moments that happen every day. These exercises, meditations, and concrete approaches to practicing happiness and well-being are drawn from mindfulness, "no self," and other ancient Buddhist insights, many of which have been proven effective by today's psychologists and researchers. With the knowledge that happiness is a habit you can adopt like any other, take the first step down this deeply fulfilling path on your life's journey.

Dr. Bien a licensed psychologist, author, and mindfulness teacher.  In addition to his doctorate in psychology, he also holds a masters degree in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.  He has been a life long student of Asian spirituality and meditation and is a former United Methodist pastor. His psychology background includes extensive clinical practice and research in the field of addictive behavior.  He conducts workshops on Mindful Living and is author of :

Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing From Addiction,

Finding the Center Within: The Healing Way of Mindfulness Meditation,
Mindful Therapy: A Guide for Therapists and Helping Professionals,

The Buddha's Way of Happiness: healing sorrow, transforming negative emotion & finding

       well-being in the present moment,

and is co-editor of Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship.

Happiness expert, Tom Bien, talks about

The Buddha's Way of Happiness.

A Clear, Practical and Caring Guide to Happiness and Well-Being

“Just come back to the present moment, to your body and mind, and let your buddha nature shine forth.  Touch the happiness that already is.”

- Thomas Bien, Ph.D -

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