- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (April 12, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316057835
- ISBN-13: 978-0316057837
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 198 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
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For millennia, philosophers, writers and artists have sought the key to human happiness. A Buddhist monk and former cell biologist, Ricard offers his own musings about the nature of happiness and tips on how to attain it in his sometimes tedious, sometimes dynamic guide. Happiness, for Ricard, cannot be found in fleeting experiences of pleasure—the joy of a sunny day, the refreshing taste of an ice cream cone, the ecstasy of sex—but only in the depths of an individual's being. Happiness is not self-interested, but rather compassionate, seeking the well-being of others. If we are truly happy, writes Ricard, we can change the world because of our compassion for others and our desire to end hatred and bring happiness even to those we don't like. For Ricard, happiness is a deep state of well-being and wisdom that flourishes in every moment of life, despite the inevitability of suffering. Individuals can, however, learn to minimize suffering in life by practicing moderation in all things, as well as meditation. Meditative exercises that individuals can practice to achieve happiness appear in each chapter. Ricard (Tibet: A Compassionate Eye) doesn't have much new to tell us about his subject, but he imbues these reflections with his own deep sense of happiness and verve. (Apr. 12)
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'In a brilliant synthesis of 25 centuries of the wisdom of Buddhism with the neuroscience and cognitive psychology of the twenty- first century, Matthieu Ricard, who embodies both traditions, gives humanity a gift it desperately needs now: a vision of a po
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Here is a writer that is fully capable of leading the reader out of the morass of afflictive emotions, endemic in the today’s world, which are the cause of so much unhappiness in our lives and the lives of others.
Definitely Five Stars!
Definitely a must read!
This is a very easy, and informative read for anyone interested in learning more about Buddhist thoughts of compassion and happiness.
I must say that this is one of the best books I have read in my search for the origin, meaning and attaining of happiness.
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND IT TO ANY ONE WHO WANTS TO FIND NOT ONLY HAPPINESS BUT MEANING IN HER/HIS LIFE
The difference between this book and other books is twofold. First of all, it focuses on an overall view of self, the world and the self's relationship to the world. It focuses on top level thought, as opposed to dissecting particular problems. Additionally, this book focuses on promoting a positive world view and accurate view of the ego. Other books focus on eliminating negatives, this book promotes positives.
Before you read 'Westernized' books, give this book a shot. Chances are, you have been exposed to Westernized thought and this is what is not working.
One drawback of this book is that it was written in translation from French. The prose is a bit wordy and dense at times. That should not dissuade one from reading this book. It is practical wisdom that is worth devoting oneself to. It may change your life.