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Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill


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ISBN13: 9780316167253
ISBN10: 0316167258
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" You may not find happiness in a book, but if reading a book can precipitate a tectonic shift in your life and mind toward robust, genuine, deeply rooted happiness, this would be the book." --JON KABAT-ZINN, AUTHOR OF COMING TO OUR SENSES
This is a revolutionary look at happiness, deeply philo-sophical and tremendously engaging, from one of the world's most compelling voices on the subject. Drawing from works of fiction and poetry, contemporary Western philosophy, Buddhist thought, current psychological and scientific research, and personal experience, Ricard weaves an inspirational and forward-looking account of how we can begin to rethink our realities in a fast-moving modern world. With revelatory lessons and exercises that blaze a clear path for readers, this book offers an eloquent and practical guide to a happier life.


A molecular biologist turned Buddhist monk, described by scientists as "the happiest man alive," demonstrates how to develop the inner conditions for true happiness.

About the Author

Matthieu Ricard is a former molecular biologist who left France to study Buddhism in the Himalayas 35 years ago. He is a writer of internationally bestselling books, a translator, and a photographer. He lives in Tibet and Nepal, where he is involved in a variety of humanitarian projects. JANUARY

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Mary Christensen, January 28, 2012 (view all comments by Mary Christensen)
There is every reason to read Matthieu Ricard's book "Happiness" if you want to be happy. I am reading it for the second time and have just purchased it again from Powell's for a friend. Ricard is an impressive and valuable combination on this topic. As a young man living in his native France, he received a doctorate from the prestigious Pasteur Institute and worked in the field of molecular biology. Also as a young man, he became a Buddhist monk, now living in the Sechen Monastery in Nepal. He brings together his leaning of the ancient Buddhist teachings with his modern scientific background regarding the connection between the brain and "the mind," the result of which shows the merging of the ancient teachings with the new knowledge of the modern science, all auguring well for the possibility of happiness in our lives. He has taken part in the well-publicised collaboration of the Buddhist community with Western scientists conducting the studies. He takes on the subjects of the damaging emotions of anger, hatred, revenge,and envy-all of which prevent or at least impair one's happiness-and shows the promising evidence that a person can, as a matter of both the science and personal commitment, overcome these self-destructive emotions. The book is not a Buddhist book but one of "secular spirituality," as Ricard describes it. It's for everyone who's ever been stuck in a mind set that prevents happiness. As Ricard describes his purpose, the book is "for the heart and mind of anyone who aspires to a little more joie de vivre and to let wisdom and compassion reign in her or his life."
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Ricard, Matthieu
Little Brown and Company
Browner, Jesse
Goleman, Daniel P.
Goleman, Daniel
Religious life
Buddhism - General
Personal Growth - Happiness
Religious life (buddhism)
Happiness -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Chemical Dependence
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