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The Path: A new way to think about everything (Paperback)
  • The Path: A new way to think about everything (Paperback)

The Path: A new way to think about everything (Paperback)

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Published: 02/03/2017
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Waterstones Non-fiction Book of the Month for March (2017)

The first book of its kind, The Path offers a profound guide to living well through making small changes to our everyday routines. Covering subjects from decision-making to relationships, it shows how actions from greeting others and playing with children to running meetings can be opportunities to become happier and more productive.

The authors show that we live well not by "finding" ourselves and slavishly following a grand plan, as so much of Western thought would have us believe, but rather through a path of self-cultivation and engagement with the world.

Believing in a "true self" only restricts what we can become - and tiny changes, from how we think about careers to how we talk to our family, can start to have powerful effects that will open up constellations of new possibilities.

Professor Michael Puett's course in Chinese philosophy has taken Harvard by storm. In The Path, he and journalist Christine Gross-Loh make this timeless wisdom accessible to everyone for the first time.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241970423
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm


"I couldn't wait for this. Brilliant. This is where it's at now . . . so fascinating." - Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2

"The Path is in part a pleasing debunking of fashionable self-help disciplines . . . I can testify that Puett is one of the nicest people - if not the nicest person - I have ever interviewed: attentive, generous and patient." - Tim Dowling, Guardian

"His course has become the most popular on campus, even with those studying other subjects, and that's because he talks about how to have a good life, and using ancient Chinese philosophy challenges all our modern assumptions about what it takes to flourish in life" - Sarah Montague, Today programme

"A worthy introduction to thinkers rarely taught in British universities." - Matthew Syed, The Times

Offer[s] interesting alternatives to some of our modern ideas of self and society ... worth the cover price * Financial Times

Ideas in this book ... authentically contradict modern common sense ... Noting the current fad for mindfulness, the authors point out that Buddhism in the west "has often been distorted as a way of looking within and embracing the self". Such navel-gazing, they and the Chinese sages agree, may be a kind of imprisonment -- Steven Poole * Guardian

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“Navel gazing is not The Way”

This succinct book challenges the western philosophical orthodoxy, revealing the truth about eastern thought.

The authors provide a compelling argument that the current Western preoccupation with authenticity and... More

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“Wise words to take with you every day”

I fancied reading something calming, something that might just change my perspective on daily life. The Path did, it was very interesting to read about Eastern philosophy and its approach to certain situations and... More

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