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Matthieu Ricard

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A molecular biologist turned Buddhist monk demonstrates how to develop the inner conditions for true happiness. Never has happiness as an emotional and physical state of being been so widely discusse.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 0.500. Bookseller Inventory # 9781742014838

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Title: Happiness

Publication Date: 2008

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A molecular biologist turned Buddhist monk demonstrates how to develop the inner conditions for true happiness. Never has happiness as an emotional and physical state of being been so widely discussed. Matthieu Ricard is one of the most compelling voices on the subject, and one of the few who can bring together the teachings of eastern and western thought. In this accessible new work, Ricard provides a straightforward assessment of how to create true and lasting happiness. He addresses the pursuit of a meaningful life at its most fundamental level - the strengthening of the inner conditions that lead to genuine happiness. Ricard helps readers form new patterns of interaction with themselves and with the larger world, working toward happiness step by step, starting with 20 minutes of daily mind training and meditation.


"This superb volume demonstrates how we can experience contentment even in the face of unpleasant circumstances." (Aaron Beck, Psychiatrist)

"A remarkable book. It is hard to imagine a more convincing guide to that elusive thing: happiness." (Pankaj Mishra, Indian essayist and novelist)

"If you want to be happier and better, this is the book you should read. It provides the best available philosophy of life and practice for the twenty-first century." (Richard Layard, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics)

"The readers of this book will find themselves in the presence of an extraordinary human being... [It] beautifully illustrates that happiness is to be found in controlling the mind, not circumstances." (Daniel Kahneman, Winner Nobel Prize economics, 2002)

"Subtitled, "A Guide To Developing Life's Most Important Skill". This step-by-step guide to achieving happiness is the most significant book of its kind since Daniel Goleman's "Emotional Intelligence"." (The Guardian)

"Both the subject, happiness, and the author/narrator, an accomplished French scientist who's been a Buddhist monk for 35 years, are endlessly fascinating. Ricard's gorgeous accent and unique use of everyday words are totally beguiling. A translator for the Dalai Lama, he is renowned for his research and practice of cultivating a state of happiness. As he explains how to meditate and accumulate positive moods, his presentation is punctuated with quirky humor. For example, when a man confesses that he's afraid of what he will see when he looks within, the Dalai Lama observes that there's nothing more entertaining on TV or film than self-analysis. Just listening to Ricard is soothing and inspiring. This is a great choice for those seeking a calmer inner life." (AudioFile Magazine)

"In his new book, Ricard combines the talents of a philosopher and scientist to produce a rigorous and compelling analysis of his subject. He reminds us that to change individuals is also, ultimately, to change the world." (George Soros)

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