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Altruism

The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Little Brown
 | 
June, 2016
ISBN:
9780316208239
Quantity: 
3
$25.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Here the author of the international bestseller Happiness (Ricard is a Tibetan Buddhist monk who some say is the “happiest person in the world”) makes a passionate, beautifully inclusive case for altruism—and why we need it now more than ever.

In Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, Matthieu Ricard demonstrated that true happiness is not tied to fleeting moments or sensations, but is an enduring state of soul rooted in mindfulness and compassion for others. Now he turns his lens from the personal to the global, with a rousing argument that altruism—genuine concern for the well-being of others—could be the saving grace of the 21st century. It is, he believes, the vital thread that can answer the main challenges of our time: the economy in the short term, life satisfaction in the mid-term, and environment in the long term. Ricard’s message has been taken up by major economists and thinkers, including Dennis Snower, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, and George Soros.

Ricard makes a robust and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion as the best means for simultaneously benefitting ourselves and our society. As Arianna Huffington wrote, it’s “a truly compelling global vision for the 21st century.” And as Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote, “This remarkable book… will blow your mind and inspire you.”

Altruism is just what is needed to bring hope to those depressed by the violence, war, selfishness and corruption that surround us today. Matthieu Ricard provides convincing evidence based on both careful research and personal experience that altruism is an integral part of our nature with the desire to help others not only present in small children, but also in many animals. Altruism addresses how these qualities can be cultivated and enhanced in the individual and how a more altruistic society is not only possible but essential if we care about the future. Matthieu, thank you for writing this book.” —Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace

Also by Matthieu Ricard is Why Meditate?

Publisher’s Description: 
"A careful, detailed, hard-nosed assessment of what is needed both for individual happiness and for the welfare of the planet.... This book is so rich, so diverse...that it is best kept as an inspiring resource to be consulted over many years." Wall Street Journal
 
Matthieu Ricard, author of the international bestseller Happiness, makes the passionate case for altruism-genuine concern for the well-being of others. Presenting a vision based on decades of firsthand experience and scientific studies, Matthieu Ricard illuminates how altruism can answer the main challenges of our time: economic inequality, life satisfaction, and environment sustainability. In this riveting book, he champions the cultivation of altruistic love as the best means for simultaneously benefitting ourselves and our global society, and offers readers practical and inspiring ways to develop their potential for compassion. There's an altruism revolution underway, and it just may be the saving grace for the 21st century.

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