In “Why Meditate?” Matthieu Ricard covers the theory, spiritual, and practical aspects of meditation, while using examples at each stage of his discussion to take you deeper. He demonstrates how you can achieve emotional balance while expanding your ability to love through meditation. And,the money you spend does double-duty when you buy a book like “Why Meditate?”. You may not be aware of it, but Matthieu Ricard donates the proceeds from the sale of his books to humanitarian projects in the Himalayas and to the preservation of the Tibetan culture. Author, translator, photographer and Buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard was born into the artistic and intellectual circles of Paris. He was the son of Jean-Francois Revel, a philosopher, and the artist Yahne Le Toumelin. After earning a Ph.D. in cell genetics from the prestigious Pasteur Institut, he traveled to India in 1967 where he met Tibetan spiritual teachers. By 1972 Ricard decided to devote his life to Buddhist studies and practices. He has generously shared his experience through the written word and in photographs so devout they are praised as capturing the fleeting yet eternal in life. He has been described to be the happiest man in the world.(That description alone makes his writings appealing to me.) In “Why Meditate?” Ricard offers insight into enhancing your mindfulness while decreasing your anxiety, depression, and vulnerability to pain – again through meditation techniques. Ricard draws on his scientific and philosophy backgrounds to weave understanding between Eastern and Western cultures. –
- Paperback, 200 pages.
- Published by Hay House, September, 2010.
- A delightful book for the skeptic in your life.
- The accompanying CD contains a 60-minute talk by Ricard exploring freedom and the self along with insights on meditation.