Rinpoche's Newest Book, "Not For Happiness"

Published on 03 December 2012


Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-called Preliminary Practises
Plagiarised by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Do you practise meditation because you want to feel good? Or to help you relax and be "happy"? Then frankly, according to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, you are far better off having a full-body massage than trying to practise the Dharma.

Khyentse shows that genuine spiritual practise, not least the Ngöndro preliminaries, will not bring the kind of comfort and ease most worldly people crave. Quite the opposite, in fact. But if your ultimate goal is enlightenment, Ngöndro practise is a must, and Not for Happiness your perfect guide, containing everything an aspiring practitioner needs to start to practise, including advice about


  • renunciation mind
  • discipline, meditation and wisdom
  • using your imagination in visualisation practise
  • why we need a guru 

Students' Reactions to Not for Happiness

"Having a map of the path that shows where each practise is headed helps me to see what each stage is preparing me for. Even the chapters that at first didn't seem relevant to my current practise contained such great gems of teaching that they turned out to be extremely relevant and very helpful."
Catherine Fordham

"To me, this book is like the world's best kind of GPS! I feel that by following its guidance, even though I am not a skilful driver, I will have the confidence to drive through my Ngöndro practise--and may even end up feeling quite good about it!"
Helena Wang