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Why Meditate?

Working with Thoughts and Emotions
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Book + CD Set
Publisher: 
Hay House
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September, 2010
ISBN:
9781401926632
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$22.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Why meditate? On what? And how? In Why Meditate?—an instant bestseller in the author’s native France—Matthieu Ricard sets out to answer these questions. As a molecular geneticist turned Buddhist monk, Ricard brings a unique perspective to the practice of meditation. Often referred to as “the happiest man in the world” (and also author of the bestseller Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill), he shares the wisdom gained from 40 years of spiritual training to clearly and succinctly present what meditation is and how to practice it, step by step.

Ricard walks readers through the theories and practicalities of meditation, demonstrating its many benefits in our modern world. He shows 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.

No matter what point of view you approach it from—whether that of personal transformation, the development of altruistic love, or physical health—meditation emerges as a factor essential for leading a balanced life, rich in meaning.

It is a pity to underestimate the capacity we have to transform our minds. Each of us possesses the potential needed to free ourselves from the mental states that perpetuate our own suffering and that of others—the potential to find inner peace for ourselves and contribute to the happiness of all beings.

In the accompanying 60-minute CD, 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.

Author proceeds from the book go to Karuna-Shechen, a humanitarian organization he founded to provide primary health care and education to under-served peoples of the Himalayan region.

Among Matthieu Ricard’s other books are The Monk and the Philosopher, Motionless Journey, and Tibet: An Inner Journey. He lives in Nepal and dedicates much of his time to humanitarian projects in the Himalayas. Info: matthieuricard.org.

Publisher’s Description: 

Why meditate? On what? And how? In his latest book Why Meditate?an instant bestseller in the authors native FranceMatthieu 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 fromwhether that of personal transformation or physical healthmeditation emerges as a prominent part of leading a balanced life.

In the accompanying 60-minute CD, 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.

 

All of the authors 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 under-served populations of the Himalayan region.

 

 

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