Join us for Reading Upwards! A book group about living, meaning, and belonging in perilous times.

Join us for Reading Upwards! A book group about living, meaning, and belonging in perilous times. We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Aldrich Room. You don’t have to read the entire book to attend! Spend some time with it, see what speaks to you and what doesn’t, and come share your thoughts. Books can be checked out by any Upper Valley resident.  


We will discuss The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by His Holiness The Dalai Lama & Howard C. Culter.  

"The Dalai Lama's most salient traits are his great beaming smile and hearty laugh, spontaneous expressions of happiness that inspired Cutler, a psychiatrist, to initiate what evolved into a long and productive series of conversations about what aspects of Buddhist thought could help non-Buddhists achieve a sense of fulfillment. Their discussions ranged far and wide, revealing many differences between Eastern and Western thought. When Cutler asks the Dalai Lama if he is happy, the answer is "Yes"; when he asks if he is ever lonely, the answer is an unqualified "No." How can that be? Because, the Dalai Lama replies, he always looks at others positively and experiences a "feeling of affinity, a kind of connectedness." Over and over again, Cutler poses complicated psychological inquiries only to have the Dalai Lama offer responses that reach far beyond the parameters of the self. There really is such a thing as an art of happiness, and this is one of the best how-to books a reader will ever find." -Booklist

Please contact jared.jenisch@thehowe.org if you would like to participate; we will send a Zoom invite to the event.