This retreat, led by Zen teacher and author Ezra Bayda, will explore how the difficulties we face in relationships block our experience of love and connectedness. Ezra Bayda, San Diego, CA. likes · 2 talking about this. Please Note: This page is a student tribute to Ezra Bayda. He does not post, but please. Beyond Happiness has ratings and 36 reviews. Larry said: Ezra Bayda is the most down to earth Buddhist teacher for most of us. He always has Zen in h.

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Most of our unhappiness, he explains, is the result of seeking satisfaction in things external to us: The recommendations are logical and rather easy to enact. Can I surrender to what is? Bayda addresses the idea that humans are not entitled to happiness, or much else, but it’s this sense of entitlement that leads to unhappiness. However, it is when we learn or re-member to breathe deep, live in the present moment, just be, surrender to what is, and face the discomforting situations in our lives that change bxyda to take place.

Happiness is available to all of us—right here, right now. If not, what is blocking my happiness?

To ask other readers questions about Beyond Happinessplease sign up. This is a great book, and one I would recommend, for one just starting to explore this topic as it covers most everything in an easy to understand, and efficient manner.

Trivia About Beyond Happiness Good instructions of mediation practice. A few pages at a time concentrating deeply in the message and content of material. This book was well written and I think Bayda had some great points and examples.


It is a good primer for any person wishing to begin walking the path toward the Four Noble Truths with instruction on how to view life by staying in the moment and concentration on the breath. The first subtopic on Entitlement was interesting and new to me. There’s a lot of value to the author’s ideas of living in the present, and learning to accept what is, rather than focusing on how things should be.

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I read it fairly slowly in order to derive the most benefit from it, and made some notes which I believe will continue to be helpful in the future. His working thesis is that contentment, an inner sense of peace and surrender, is the true aim. It is a concept I much pondered. Get to Know Us. There are 3 possible reasons you were unable to login and get access our premium online pages. There was a disconnect there for me. Learn more at Author Central. High to Low Avg.

In this way, Bayda is inviting us to come back to the source of true and lasting contentment. Return to Book Page.

Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment by Ezra Bayda

Learn more about Amazon Prime. My perspective is definitely wider after this book. Here, it’s about how we misconstrue happiness bqyda actually block it from our lives.

Only 4 left in stock more on the way. Saying Yes to Life: Unfortunately, the narrator for my audio book was too calm I listened to an audio book of this through one of Amazon Prime’s audio channels. Bayda counters the prevailing assumption that we are entitled to happiness. Ezr might like it better than I did.


This author has good things to say about dealing with stress and discontentment, and his approach is clear and thorough. Provide feedback about this page. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Atlantic CityNew Jersey. If not, what blocks it? If not, what blocks it?

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Want to Read saving…. Its practical i liked the example and i listened to the book via audibleit was more to appreciate the happiness and contentment that i have in this life. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Five stars and five hearts. English Choose a language for shopping. This is an easy read, too, though the writing style was a bit repetitive and dry.

Overall, this is a book which covers similar ground to other books baydda this topic; however, there are a few additions, the bayxa questions and forgiveness, which make this book worth the read. Awareness is often the first step in our healing process. Bayda’s discussion of forgiveness is effective, though I wish the forgiveness meditation had been written more like a meditation rather than a set of instructions. Dec 15, Audrey rated it liked batda Shelves: Simple, straightforward, and helpful.

I highly recommend it. In part two, Bayda discusses the roots of happiness and again covers topics other books have covered as well; however, he also covers a topic I had not come across before, namely, the Three Questions practice, in bagda one asks oneself: May we all be filled with lovingkindness.