The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness

    In this groundbreaking work, word-renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and author Eric Swanson invite

    us to join them in unlocking the secrets behind the practice of meditation. Working with neuroscientists at the Waisman

    Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, the authors provide clear insight into modern research indicating that systematic

    training in meditation can enhance activity in areas of the brain associated with happiness and compassion. They have also

    worked with physicists across the country to develop a fresh, scientifically based interpretation of the Buddhist understanding

    of the nature of reality.


  What The Lotus Said: A Journey to Tibet and Back

   What the Lotus Said is the story of Eric Swanson’s journey through East Tibet in the company of a Buddhist lama and

   several other Americans. The ostensible purpose of the trip is humanitarian supporting fledgling schools and bringing

   medical aid to nomads—but Swanson, a self-confessed “spiritual shopper,” nurses private hopes of enjoying a peak

   experience. Through episodes alternately comic and harrowing, Swanson gradually discovers the liberating power of


One of the Best Buddhist Books of 2012—Buddhadharma Magazine

“Designed both for people new to meditation and those with long experience, Open Heart, Open Mind is a treasure trove of wisdom and love.  It is a book filled with practical exercises, personal anecdotes, humor, compassion, clarity, and an expansive view of how we can each have a better life.” Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

"This book is a fresh breath from the meditation room, written with kindness, energy and wit. Three cheers for a cheerful contemplative."  Publishers Weekly

“The first of its kind . . . a truly compelling and infinitely practical fusion of Tibetan Buddhism and scientific ideas.” 
Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

“A beautiful tapestry of Buddhist insight woven together with modern science, this book is a landmark in the development of a contemplative neuroscience . . . a must-read for anyone interested in the causes and consequences of happiness.”
Richard J. Davidson, author of The Emotional Brain 

Swanson writes beautifully of the Buddhist saints who left their civilized countries to bring Buddhism to a people known for their "demons, ogres, dragons... and mountains that gleamed like white fangs." Publishers Weekly

"...a jewel of its kind...Eric Swanson makes us see and feel that strange and remote and still tranquil world." 
John Bayley, author of Elegy for Iris

Spiritual Growth

    Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom

    Yongey Mingyur's teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world. Co-authored with Eric Swanson, 

    Joyful Wisdom addresses the timely and timeless problem of anxiety in our everyday  lives. Divided into three parts

    like a traditional Buddhist text, Joyful Wisdom identifies the sources of our unease, describes methods of meditation

   that enable us to transform our experience into deeper insight, and applies these methods to common emotional,

   physical, and personal problems. The result  is a work at once wise, anecdotal, funny, informed, and graced with

   irresistible charm.

“Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche,  Buddhist master of mind-over-matter and co-author of the best-selling The Joy of Living...recommends Buddhism’s cheerful, non-alarmist, big-picture approach to life’s obstacles as a prescription for contemporary troubles.” New York Times 

“ unusually lucid and graceful addition to the modern canon….” Publishers Weekly

   Open Heart, Open Mind: Awakening The Power of Essence Love 

   In Open Heart, Open Mind, Tsoknyi Rinpoche explains that within each of us resides a spark of unparalleled brilliance, an

   unlimited capacity for warmth, openness, and courage, which Rinpoche identifies as “essence love.” Timeless and imperishable,

   essence love is often layered over by patterns of behavior and belief that urge us to seek happiness in conditions or situations

   that never quite live up to their promise. 

   Drawing on rarely discussed teachings, Rinpoche describes how such patterns evolve and offers a series of meditation exercises

   to help us unravel them and, in the process, reawaken an energy and exuberance that can not only bring lasting fulfillment to

   our lives but ultimately serve to enliven and inspire the entire world, as well.

Eric Swanson