Matthieu Ricard On Happiness

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, photographer and a man of science.

He got his Ph. D. in molecular genetics from the Pasteur Institute, and left science behind to practice meditation.

He is also well known as the Dalai Lama’s translator for the French language.

He has presented scientific and Buddhist thought at the Time and Life Conferences organized to bring scientists and Buddhists together in the presence of the Dalai Lama.

His presentation of the Buddhist point of view at the 2000 Time and Life Conference is worth investigating after watching this video.

Here, he talks about developing antidotes to destructive emotions, which was the subject of the above conference. He says that, “Mind training matters!”

By the way, the photographs on display in the video are truly amazing!

Matthieu Ricard says that “Well-being is not just a mere pleasurable sensation. It is a deep sense of serenity and fulfillment – a state that actually pervades and underlies all emotional states and all the joys and sorrows that can come one’s way.”

Do you agree with Matthieu Ricard? If so, why. If not why not? Please share your answers.

Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama
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Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
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Destructive Emotions is also available as a book on tape and I have listened to it several times. With the likes of Richie Davidson, Paul Eckman, Daniel Goleman, and other luminaries in the areas of brain plasticity, destructive emotions and their antidotes, and His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, this is a wonderful read.

While I have not yet read Matthieu Ricard on Happiness, I have read excerpts from it in various Buddhist magazines. I plan to pick it up from the library when I complete Destructive Emotions.

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