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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Matthieu Ricard
Narrator: Matthieu Ricard
Genres: Self Development, Buddhism
Publisher: Sounds True
Published In: February 2007
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours
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What is the one thing everyone wants? Happiness. But where do we find it? For the past number of years, French Buddhist monk and former cell biologist Matthieu Ricard has been working with scientists and Buddhist meditators to find out. "Happiness is not something you seek, but rather it is a skill you develop." On Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill, he merges the newest scientific research with traditional Buddhist teachings and contemporary Western philosophy to show us how unexpectedly attainable happiness is. Here, listeners join Ricard on audio to learn more about:
- How to use mind training to cultivate sukha--a blissful state of being that arises when we release ourselves from mental blindness and afflictive emotions
- Ethics: how this perennial field of philosophy sheds light on the "science of happiness"
- Guided imagery to relieve pain--both emotional and physical
- How to transcend the ego and time to enter "the state of flow"
- Exercises to exchange suffering for happiness not only for ourselves, but for all of the world and more
When first published in France, Matthieu Ricard's Happiness sold over 80,000 copies in the first month of its release. This may be just the first glimmer of interest, as evidence grows of the profound and measurable effects of inner well-being on our bodies and minds, and as we continue to reach for the state of being that transcends all circumstances and emotions--happiness. A best-selling author and cell biologist-turned-Buddhist monk offers a fresh look at happiness that combines science with spirit, bringing modern psychology together with Eastern spirituality and Western philosophy.

Reviews (1)

simple but a little vague

Written by Anonymous on July 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Difficult to get past his heavy French accent and phrasing, but interesting speaker. His philosophy is compelling and simple, but rather vague when it comes to actual application and meditation methods. Still worth listening to - I am still thinking about his message a week after finishing it. Recording quality is good.

Author Details

Author Details

Ricard, Matthieu

Matthieu Ricard has been the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989. His books include Bhutan and Tibet. Ricard lives in Nepal.