Why Meditate? by Matthieu Ricard
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Why meditate? On what? And how? In his latest book Why Meditate?—an instant bestseller in the author’s native France—Matthieu Ricard aims to answer these very questions.

As a molecular geneticist turned Buddhist monk, Ricard brings a wholly unique perspective to the practice of meditation. Often referred to as “the happiest man in the world,” he advises us in the ways to imbue our lives with a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

In simple, clear language, Ricard walks readers through the theories and practicalities of meditation, demonstrating its many benefits in our modern world. He shows readers how to achieve emotional balance, enhance mindfulness, expand altruistic love, and develop a sense of inner calm; while also reducing anxiety, vulnerability to pain, and tendency toward depression and anger.

This enlightening book conflates the spiritual with the scientific, the transcendent with the pragmatic, and the Western world with Eastern wisdom. No matter what point of view you approach it from—whether that of personal transformation or physical health—meditation emerges as a prominent part of leading a balanced life.

In the accompanying 60-minute audio download, Ricard explores the concepts of freedom and self, expands on the benefits of meditation, and advises on the benefits of creating a regular meditative practice.


About Matthieu Ricard

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Mattieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk residing at the Shechen monastery near Kathmandu in Nepal. He is coauthor of the critically acclaimed The Monk and the Philosopher and is the official French translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Trinh Xuan Thuan is a professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia and the author of the critically acclaimed The Secret Melody and several other popular science books.
Published September 1, 2010 by Hay House. 171 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Underneath the surface, despite the sufferings that fill one’s days and haunt one’s nights, Mr. Ricard cites one guru who assures that “the clouds do not change the nature of the sky.” That is, transient joys and sorrows pass over the fundamental presence of a deeper existence, rooted in a fresh,...

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“Why Meditate? is recommended for people who want a meditation practice that is compatible with professional and family life. It’s for people who, as Mr. Ricard suggests, want to see life events within a larger perspective, experience greater serenity, and engage the future with altruism and conf...

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