Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill (Google eBook)

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Hachette Digital, Inc., Dec 14, 2008 - Self-Help - 304 pages
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A molecular biologist turned Buddhist monk, described by scientists as "the happiest man alive," demonstrates how to develop the inner conditions for true happiness.
  

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

User Review  - Michael Beaton - Goodreads

In short : this is an accessible book on the subject. Clear, and for the most part avoids the difficult eastern ways of saying things that are often gauzy to the western (mine!) mind. Lots more to say ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Vikas - Goodreads

Well, this book did change my life - I ended up going to a somewhat intensive meditation retreat of 9 days as a consequence of events that were triggered from this book. And this is an activity I look ... Read full review

Contents

ALSO BY MATTHIEU RICARD DEDICATION FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION
TALKING ABOUT HAPPINESS
IS HAPPINESS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE?
A TWOWAY MIRROR
FALSE FRIENDS
IS HAPPINESS POSSIBLE?
THE ALCHEMY OF SUFFERING
DESIRE
HATRED
ENVY
THE GREAT LEAP TO FREEDOM
A SOCIOLOGY OF HAPPINESS
HAPPINESS IN THE
HAPPINESS AND ALTRUISM
HAPPINESS AND HUMILITY

THE VEILS OF THE
WHEN OUR THOUGHTS BECOME OUR WORST ENEMIES
THE RIVER OF EMOTION
DISTURBING EMOTIONS
OPTIMISM PESSIMISM AND NAïVETé
GOLDEN TIME LEADEN TIME WASTED TIME
ONE WITH THE FLOW OF TIME
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About the author (2008)

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, an author, translator, and photographer. He has lived, studied, and worked in the Himalayan region for over forty years. The son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu was born in France in 1946 and grew up among the personalities and ideas of Paris' intellectual and artistic circles. He earned a Ph.D. degree in cell genetics at the renowned Institut Pasteur under the Nobel Laureate Francois Jacob. In 1967, he traveled to India to meet great spiritual masters from Tibet. After completing his doctoral thesis in 1972, he decided to concentrate on Buddhist studies and practice. Since then, he has lived in India, Bhutan, and Nepal and studied with some of the greatest teachers of that tradition. He is the author of several books including The Monk and the Philosopher, a dialogue with his father; The Quantum and the Lotus, a dialogue with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan; Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill; and Why Meditate? His books have been translated into over twenty languages.

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