Chapter IV of “Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World”, Little, Brown and Company (2015), published on the website
Although empathy is crucial for successful social interactions, excessive sharing of others' negative emotions may be maladaptive and constitute a source of burnout. To investigate functional neural plasticity underlying the augmentation of empathy and to test the counteracting potential of compassion, one group of participants was first traine...
Matthieu Ricard discusses the concept of eduring happiness according to the Buddhist perspective, and how the Dalai Lama embodies this skill that can be cultivated.
The authors explain how scientific research on Buddhist meditators shows that mental training can induce short-term and long-term neural changes.
This study investigates the effects of two type of meditation - open presence and focused - on a meditator's defensive response to a startle stimulus during the meditation.
This paper presents a Buddhist perspective on the achievement of durable happiness and the nature of afflictive and nonafflictive emotions.
Based on the theoretical model set down by Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard on the distinction between self-centeredness and selflessness, this study proposes findings on how a self-centered psychological functioning only produces fluctuating happiness while a selfless functioning leads to durable happiness.
In this paper, Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard explore a theoretical model according to which authentic-durable happiness is linked to a selfless psychological functioning.
A series of articles presenting scientific conclusions about subjects such as positive psychology, altruism, and happiness. This series includes an article by Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard on transcendence of the self and happiness.
In this article, Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard test the hypothesis that decentering the self would produce emotional benefits and promote genuine and lasting happiness.