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Steps to Happiness: travelling from depression and addiction to the Buddhist path
"Could my life be an example to anybody?
If I recorded my experience and made it available, perhaps it could?" —from the book
Steps to Happiness is the story of a man finding his way.
A family doctor, outwardly successful and compassionate, Taranatha feels ‘sucked dry’ – and struggling with the twin demons of depression and alcoholism. His search for a way out involves him in a dramatic suicide attempt before his will to live reasserts itself.
His winding path to recovery takes him through AA and anti-depressants, but leaves him with an ongoing sense of worthlessness and lack of direction. Fumbling in the dark, a chance encounter with Buddhism illuminates the way and guides his steps on a journey where he meets himself and starts to find happiness.
Honest, sometimes sad, often entertaining, Steps to Happiness is full of personal stories which resonate with many of us. Taranatha’s story rings true – and so gives hope.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in New Zealand, Taranatha trained as a medical doctor, where he practiced for many years. Now retired, he pursues full-time involvement in Buddhism – and enjoys his time in the bush.
the turning point
death… and life
becoming a family doctor
the family doctor
finding the way
the discovery of compassion
opening the heart
testing the water
the family within
subhuti and friendship
the secret valley
the return journey
a buddhist in the city…
… and in the bush