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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Thought of the week

What would we like to pass on to our children? A good image of ourselves, so they see us as being better than we really are? What's the point? Or material goods? That would be handing them a heap of problems. […] Our presence? Whether we like it or not, they will be separated from us when we die. [...] But we could also leave them an inspiration, a vision that is meaningful and that can give them confidence in every moment of their lives. Of course, to be able to do that, we need to get some confidence ourselves, to develop an inner certainty. It is obvious that this feeling can only come from our mind, so it is high time we did something about it.

Oral advice transcribed by the author.

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