Why Meditate?: Working with Thoughts and Emotions

Why Meditate?: Working with Thoughts and Emotions

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by Matthieu Ricard
     
 

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Why meditate? On what? And how? In his latest book Why Meditate?-an instant bestseller in the author's native France-Matthieu Ricard aims to answer these very questions.

As a molecular geneticist turned Buddhist monk, Ricard brings a wholly unique perspective to the practice of meditation. Often referred to as "the happiest man in

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Why meditate? On what? And how? In his latest book Why Meditate?-an instant bestseller in the author's native France-Matthieu Ricard aims to answer these very questions.

As a molecular geneticist turned Buddhist monk, Ricard brings a wholly unique perspective to the practice of meditation. Often referred to as "the happiest man in the world," he advises us in the ways to imbue our lives with a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

In simple, clear language, Ricard walks readers through the theories and practicalities of meditation, demonstrating its many benefits in our modern world. He shows readers how to achieve emotional balance, enhance mindfulness, expand altruistic love, and develop a sense of inner calm; while also reducing anxiety, vulnerability to pain, and tendency toward depression and anger.

This enlightening book conflates the spiritual with the scientific, the transcendent with the pragmatic, and the Western world with Eastern wisdom. No matter what point of view you approach it from-whether that of personal transformation or physical health-meditation emerges as a prominent part of leading a balanced life.

In the accompanying 60-minute audio download, Ricard explores the concepts of freedom and self, expands on the benefits of meditation, and advises on the benefits of creating a regular meditative practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401929350
Publisher:
Hay House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
592,986
File size:
890 KB

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Meet the Author

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who had a promising career in cellular genetics before leaving France to study Buddhism in the Himalayas 37 years ago. He is a bestselling author, translator, and photographer; and an active participant in current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. He lives in Nepal and dedicates much of his time to humanitarian projects in the Himalayas. Find out more at www.matthieuricard.org.

All of the author’s proceeds from the sale of this book go to Karuna-Shechen, a humanitarian organization that he founded to provide primary health care and education for the underserved populations of the Himalayan region.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't gives techniques for rituals or show how to develop ceremonies. It's purpose is to answer the question "Why Meditate?". The answer is 2 part. 1) Because the mind has become quite Unstable. The Natural Emotions have been Highly Distorted. The mind bounces back and forth from fear to hope. It's driven by whims. It's hesitant and confused. The mind is Fragmented and weakened by Inner Contradictions. Finally because it's addicted to Inner Chatter and Background Noise. 2) With Meditation you can transform your mind. Meditation can Sooth Pain and Anxiety. Can provide an understanding of how the Ego deceives and misleads. Can culminate Inner Calm and Attention. With Meditation you can develop a Personal State of Mind, and a Private form of Spirituality.
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