Cross River Meditation & Mindfulness Center

110 Harrison Street, Frenchtown, New Jersey
John Haspel, Dhamma Teacher


Secular Teachings Of The Buddha From The Pali Canon


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Wisdom 1.0 Spring Retreat

May 19 – May 22, 2016

The Truth of Happiness book and course is a comprehensive personal study of the Buddha’s path to enlightenment through meditation, refined mindfulness, and profound wisdom. There is an option to study along with John through weekly emails and phone contact.

Recent Truth Of Happiness Book Reviews

I Highly Recommend It!

By Tracy A. Smith on January 22, 2016
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book outlines the Buddha’s Teaching of the Four Noble Truths and The Noble Eightfold Path. John Haspel uses clear and simple language to explain Dependent Origination and The Five Clinging-Aggregates. The book is a course manual to a 10-Week Study of these teachings. It can be used for self-study alone, or online with support from the author, which has proven valuable to me. Either way, I highly recommend it!

Great! Easy to understand.

By Lisa Eskelin on October 26, 2015

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

Wonderful book! Clear and very understandable. I’ve read countless buddhist books and this is one of, if not the best, guides to Buddhism I’ve read. John Haspel really cares and somehow even takes the time to email you back.

Buy this book

By Jennifer Puglia on September 13, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

I didn’t buy this book to learn about Buddhism. I bought it to enrich my life and find lasting peace and happiness. So far, so good. On the way through its pages, I have learned a simple, direct and practical approach to life. This approach has made the experience of my life richer, easier, and more authentic. John is a gem. He is very approachable and easily reached. If you are intrigued and want to know more, start with the book.

Concise and No-nonesense

By Howard L. Carroll on September 10, 2015 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

The Truth of Happiness Course is a concise and no-nonsense examination of the Four Noble Truths as taught by the Buddha 2,500 years ago. I bought the book and then signed up for the course, which added another major dimension to the material in the book. In addition, the author has a most informative web presence to carry the reader even deeper into the Dhamma.

 John Haspel’s Version of Buddhism is “teach what the Buddha taught.”

By History and Science Craig on June 8, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

John Haspel’s version of Buddhism is “teach what the Buddha taught.” No more, no less. If you are confused by Zen koans, put off by mysticism, and are not interested in turning philosophy into religion, this is the book for you. This book is a step by step plan for incorporating insight meditation and the eightfold path into your daily life. It is intended as the text book for the author’s on-line correspondence course but is still a very informative read by itself. Note I have not taken the on-line course but probably will in the near future.

The Real Deal By christopher scott on June 5, 2015 Format: Paperback

This book is medicine.Read this! Engage in the practice, and see for yourself the changes in your life. It is very much beyond description.

human being, through his own efforts, freed himself from confusion and suffering, becoming the Buddha…He would spend the rest of his life teaching other’s to do the same.

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