Wisdom of a Meaningful Life


Cultivate deeper satisfaction and contentment through a fresh perspective that extends far beyond mainstream forms of mindfulness.

SKU: 978-1-942094-18-0 Categories: , Product ID: 3265
Pages: 200
Format: paperback

“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


A rich and multilayered guide that offers readers accessible wisdom and practical methods to cultivate deeper satisfaction in everyday experiences. In contrast to stimulus-driven pleasure, contentment comes from living a life of meaning that aligns with one’s values. The author identifies the common traps people fall into looking for happiness that actually create stress, worries, and fears, and offers authentic mindfulness-based solutions to counteract them.

The increasing popularity of secular mindfulness in the United States mainstream has unfortunately produced a variety of teachings 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 maintains the substance of the entire teaching as a program that is accessible to people of all spiritual traditions or no spiritual tradition.

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Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in


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