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In Search of Wisdom: A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most
by Matthieu Ricard, Christophe André, Alexandre Jollien

“This book was born, to begin with, from our friendship and our recurrent desire to spend a few days together in open conversation about the subjects that we hold most dear.” – Matthieu Ricard.

NEW TRANSLATION - Over 450,000 copies sold in France!

IN SEARCH OF WISDOM is a discussion between three gifted teachers and close friends, exploring the universal human journey and the quest for meaning and understanding. This translation of the French bestseller brings readers an intimate, insightful, and wide-ranging conversation between Buddhist monk and author Matthieu Ricard, philosopher Alexandre Jollien, and psychiatrist Christophe André.

Join these three luminaries as they share their views on how we uncover our deepest aspirations in life, the nature of the ego, living with the full range of human emotion, the art of listening, the origin of suffering, the joy of altruism, true freedom, and much more.

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“We don't pretend to be experts on the subject matter or models in accomplishing the work or overcoming the obstacles involved in it,” they write. “We are only travelers in search of wisdom, aware that the path is long and arduous, and that we have so much still to discover, to clarify, and to assimilate through practice . . . Our dearest wish is that when you cast your eyes on these pages, you will discover subjects for reflection to inspire you and brighten the light of your life.”

“This rich and nuanced conversation has the potential to leave you more awake and more connected to your own unique beauty and longing, and more inspired to practice as if your very life and the well-being of the world depended on it—which of course, they do.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, bestselling author & founder of MBSR

“Delightfully stimulating for the mind plus full of soulful and practical suggestions for a happier and more loving life. Wow. Highly recommended.”
Rick Hanson, PhD, bestselling author of Buddha’s Brain

Through intimate and insightful conversation, these three inspiring thinkers draw from each of their lives to reveal the essential lessons that they’ve learned and their own unique perspective on the mind, body, and spirit.

IN SEARCH OF WISDOM is a revelatory experience that encourages all of us to embrace what matters most in life.

In Search of Wisdom: A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most by Matthieu Ricard, Christophe André, Alexandre Jollien. Sounds True Paperback. Translated from the French.

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Pleasure and Happiness: The Great Mix-up (part 2)

By Matthieu Ricard on July 17, 2018

Kangyur Rinpoche. Photo by Matthieu Ricard For the ancient Greeks, the word eudaimonia conveyed the notion of accomplishment, of flourishing, of deep long-term fulfillment. While pleasure corresponds to hedonism, happiness corresponds to eudaimonia. Similarly, in Buddhism, the word soukha refers to an exceptionally healthy state of mi...

Pleasure and Happiness: The Great Mix-up (part 1)

By Matthieu Ricard on July 03, 2018

One of the most common errors we make is to confuse pleasure for happiness. According to a Hindu proverb: “Pleasure is only the shadow of happiness”. Pleasure is the direct result of hedonistic, pleasurable sensual, esthetic, or intellectual stimuli. This fleeting experience of pleasure is dependent upon circumstances, on a specific locati...

A Personal Daily Practice and Why?

By Matthieu Ricard on June 19, 2018

This is an excerpt from my book, In Search of Wisdom: A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most.* The book is a discussion between three close friends: myself, the philosopher Alexandre Jollien, and psychiatrist Christophe André. In this edited excerpt we share our views on the practicalities and importance of a daily p...

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Thought of the week

If you think that the whole world is your enemy, imagine that you are a basket weaver, and you have a huge pile of reeds. To make baskets, you have to weave them in the right way. Similarly, faced with the challenges you encounter, you have to weave an inner basket big enough to hold all the ups and downs of life without them overwhelming you. In short, you need to take care of your mind wisely.

JIGME KHYENTSE RINPOCHE (b. 1964)
Oral advice transcribed by the author.


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