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The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life
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Author John Bruna's essential guide presents a holistic approach to genuine happiness. In contrast to stimulus driven pleasure, contentment comes from living a life of meaning that aligns with one's values. It identifies the common traps that people fall into looking for happiness that actually create stress, worries and fears, offering authentic mindfulness-based solutions to counteract them. THE WISDOM OF A MEANINGFUL LIFE provides readers with accessible wisdom and practical methods to cultivate deeper satisfaction and contentment deeper satisfaction in every day experiences. The real source of genuine happiness, in contrast to stimulus driven pleasure, is living a life of meaning that aligns with one's primary values. The increasing popularity of mindfulness has unfortunately produced a wide variety of teachings and programmes that water-down and misunderstand this important philosophy and approach to living. Mindfulness is often reduced to concentration exercises and a simplistic definition of being aware of the present moment. In nearly all secular presentations of mindfulness, it is taken out of the rich context of the Three Higher Trainings (ethics, concentration and wisdom) of Buddhism in which it was originally taught. The unique feature of this book is that it is able to maintain the substance of the entire teaching as a programme that accessible to people of all spiritual traditions or no spiritual tradition.
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John Bruna is a counsellor, lecturer, mindfulness and spiritual teacher. With humble and challenging beginnings, he grew up in a low-income environment, surrounded by drugs, alcohol and violence. He has been in recovery since 1984.

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"In his timely and insightful book The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life John Bruna sheds clear light on the difference between hedonic pleasure and genuine well-being. While Albert Einstein compares the pursuit of the former to the ambitions of a pig, the Dalai Lama suggests that the cultivation of the latter is the very meaning of life itself. On this basis, the author brings a rich ethical and transformative context to mindfulness meditation, couching it within the framework of a meaningful worldview, set of values, and way of life. I highly recommend this book." - B. Alan Wallace, PhD, Buddhist scholar and author of The Attention Revolution "The transformative journey of John' Bruna's life engages all to explore the possibilities and path that awaits each of us in creating a meaningful life!" - Marial L. Martyn, PhD, LCSW, Professor of Psychology, Capella University "John Bruna's kind, loving presence is infused in these pages where he shares many tools along with simply stated wisdom that guide us to a more meaningful life of contented happiness. From his years as a Buddhist Monk and in recovery John has gained the insight and clarity to offer deep wisdom in clear accessible language. He is a natural storyteller and this book resonates with his big heart, authenticity, and humor." - Peter Kuhn, Buddhist Priest, ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh "Simply written, and yet, profound, The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life is a practical and accessible guide to cultivating a healthy mind. This text un-complicates and brings clarity to concepts that have been both overused and misused in popular literature. John Bruna's work is enduring and brilliant!" - Rebecca A. Willow, EdD, LPC, NCC, Associate Professor, Gannon University Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Department of Psychology and Counseling "What a welcome offering John Bruna provides us in his new book, The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life. Not only does Bruna recast traditional Buddhist teachings on mindfulness practice in a contemporary, and scientifically grounded new key, but he goes beyond the emphasis on meditation practice alone and adds his distinct and fresh perspective on the importance of ethical action. It is this skilled translation of mindfulness into right action that generates wellbeing, inner peace, and happiness. Most compellingly, Bruna illustrates his teaching with powerful examples from his own experience of transformation from addiction to freedom." - Rev. David McCallum, S.J., Ed.D, Special Assistant to the President for Mission Integration, Le Moyne College "The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life is a powerful meeting of ancient Buddhist teachings and humble stories of one man's journey through a life of recovery and Buddhist practice. I have read and recommended many introductory books on mindfulness over the years, but this one will go to the top of my list of recommendations, for its clarity and honesty, and its emphasis on a whole and wise approach to one's life." - Zenshin Florence Caplow, Soto Zen priest and author of The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women "In his timely and insightful book The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life John Bruna sheds clear light on the difference between hedonic pleasure and genuine well-being. While Albert Einstein compares the pursuit of the former to the ambitions of a pig, the Dalai Lama suggests that the cultivation of the latter is the very meaning of life itself. On this basis, the author brings a rich ethical and transformative context to mindfulness meditation, couching it within the framework of a meaningful worldview, set of values, and way of life. I highly recommend this book." - B. Alan Wallace, PhD, Buddhist scholar and author of The Attention Revolution "The transformative journey of John' Bruna's life engages all to explore the possibilities and path that awaits each of us in creating a meaningful life!" - Marial L. Martyn, PhD, LCSW, Professor of Psychology, Capella University "John Bruna's kind, loving presence is infused in these pages where he shares many tools along with simply stated wisdom that guide us to a more meaningful life of contented happiness. From his years as a Buddhist Monk and in recovery John has gained the insight and clarity to offer deep wisdom in clear accessible language. He is a natural storyteller and this book resonates with his big heart, authenticity, and humor." - Peter Kuhn, Buddhist Priest, ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh "Simply written, and yet, profound, The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life is a practical and accessible guide to cultivating a healthy mind. This text un-complicates and brings clarity to concepts that have been both overused and misused in popular literature. John Bruna's work is enduring and brilliant!" - Rebecca A. Willow, EdD, LPC, NCC, Associate Professor, Gannon University Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Department of Psychology and Counseling "What a welcome offering John Bruna provides us in his new book, The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life. Not only does Bruna recast traditional Buddhist teachings on mindfulness practice in a contemporary, and scientifically grounded new key, but he goes beyond the emphasis on meditation practice alone and adds his distinct and fresh perspective on the importance of ethical action. It is this skilled translation of mindfulness into right action that generates wellbeing, inner peace, and happiness. Most compellingly, Bruna illustrates his teaching with powerful examples from his own experience of transformation from addiction to freedom." - Rev. David McCallum, S.J., Ed.D, Special Assistant to the President for Mission Integration, Le Moyne College "The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life is a powerful meeting of ancient Buddhist teachings and humble stories of one man's journey through a life of recovery and Buddhist practice. I have read and recommended many introductory books on mindfulness over the years, but this one will go to the top of my list of recommendations, for its clarity and honesty, and its emphasis on a whole and wise approach to one's life." - Zenshin Florence Caplow, Soto Zen priest and author of The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women In his timely and insightful book "The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life" John Bruna sheds clear light on the difference between hedonic pleasure and genuine well-being. While Albert Einstein compares the pursuit of the former to the ambitions of a pig, the Dalai Lama suggests that the cultivation of the latter is the very meaning of life itself. On this basis, the author brings a rich ethical and transformative context to mindfulness meditation, couching it within the framework of a meaningful worldview, set of values, and way of life. I highly recommend this book." - B. Alan Wallace, PhD, Buddhist scholar and author of "The Attention Revolution" "The transformative journey of John' Bruna s life engages all to explore the possibilities and path that awaits each of us in creating a meaningful life!" - Marial L. Martyn, PhD, LCSW, Professor of Psychology, Capella University John Bruna s kind, loving presence is infused in these pages where he shares many tools along with simply stated wisdom that guide us to a more meaningful life of contented happiness. From his years as a Buddhist Monk and in recovery John has gained the insight and clarity to offer deep wisdom in clear accessible language. He is a natural storyteller and this book resonates with his big heart, authenticity, and humor. - Peter Kuhn, Buddhist Priest, ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh Simply written, and yet, profound, "The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life" is a practical and accessible guide to cultivating a healthy mind. This text un-complicates and brings clarity to concepts that have been both overused and misused in popular literature. John Bruna s work is enduring and brilliant! - Rebecca A. Willow, EdD, LPC, NCC, Associate Professor, Gannon University Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Department of Psychology and Counseling "What a welcome offering John Bruna provides us in his new book, "The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life." Not only does Bruna recast traditional Buddhist teachings on mindfulness practice in a contemporary, and scientifically grounded new key, but he goes beyond the emphasis on meditation practice alone and adds his distinct and fresh perspective on the importance of ethical action. It is this skilled translation of mindfulness into right action that generates wellbeing, inner peace, and happiness. Most compellingly, Bruna illustrates his teaching with powerful examples from his own experience of transformation from addiction to freedom." - Rev. David McCallum, S.J., Ed.D, Special Assistant to the President for Mission Integration, Le Moyne College "The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life" is a powerful meeting of ancient Buddhist teachings and humble stories of one man's journey through a life of recovery and Buddhist practice. I have read and recommended many introductory books on mindfulness over the years, but this one will go to the top of my list of recommendations, for its clarity and honesty, and its emphasis on a whole and wise approach to one's life. - Zenshin Florence Caplow, Soto Zen priest and author of "The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women" "

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