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

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Little, Brown, Dec 14, 2008 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 304 pages
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In this groundbreaking book, Matthieu Ricard makes a passionate case for happiness as a goal that deserves as least as much energy as any other in our lives.
Wealth? Fitness? Career success? How can we possibly place these above true and lasting well-being? Drawing from works of fiction and poetry, Western philosophy, Buddhist beliefs, 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 its revelatory lessons and exercises, Happiness is an eloquent and stimulating guide to a happier life.
 

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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
HATRED
ENVY
THE GREAT LEAP TO FREEDOM
A SOCIOLOGY OF HAPPINESS
HAPPINESS IN THE
HAPPINESS AND ALTRUISM
HAPPINESS AND HUMILITY
OPTIMISM PESSIMISM AND NAïVETé

THE VEILS OF THE
WHEN OUR THOUGHTS BECOME OUR WORST ENEMIES
THE RIVER OF EMOTION
DISTURBING EMOTIONS
DESIRE
GOLDEN TIME LEADEN TIME WASTED TIME
ONE WITH THE FLOW OF TIME
ETHICS AS THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS
HAPPINESS IN THE PRESENCE OF DEATH
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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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