A Monk's Guide to Happiness: Meditation in the 21st Century

by Gelong Thubten

published by Yellow Kite

hardback, 245 pages


I absolutely love this book.  The author grew up in Southern England, went to Oxford University, became a musician and an actor and then...

well, in his own words:


"I lived in New York and had a lovely apartment in Greenwich Village.  I only used my kitchen once - to make popcorn when I was throwing a party; the rest of the time I was out on the town.  I had a lot of money and was surrounded by friends.  I wore the most fashionable clothes and was the life of every party, but I was damaged.  In fact, I was completely off the rails."


He ended up experiencing severe burnout and moved in with his mother, who introduced him to meditation.  In 1993 he became a Buddhist monk.


This is a beautifully written book.  Gelong Thubten's personal story is only a small (fascinating) part of it.  The rest teaches us in a wonderfully accessible and non-patronising way what meditation is, how it can expand the way we live, and practical meditation exercises.  It is extremely enjoyable, and I can honestly say that I probably learned more about meditation from this book than most other sources.


Thubten,G. "A Monk's Guide to Happiness