Why Meditate: Working with Thoughts and Emotions by Matthieu RicardWhy Meditate: Working with Thoughts and Emotions by Matthieu Ricard

Why Meditate: Working with Thoughts and Emotions

byMatthieu Ricard

Paperback | August 12, 2010

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Wherever he goes, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is asked to explain what meditation is, how it is done, and what it can achieve. In this elegant, authoritative, and entirely accessible book, he sets out to answer these questions. Although meditation is a lifelong process even for the wisest, Why Meditate? demonstrates that by practicing it on a daily basis we can change our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. In this brilliant short book and the accompanying audio download, Ricard talks us through the theory, spirituality, and practical aspects of meditation. He illustrates each stage of his teaching with examples, leading readers deeper into their own practice. Through his experience as a monk, his close reading of sacred texts, and his deep knowledge of the Buddhist masters, Ricard shows the significant benefits that meditation, based on selfless love and compassion, can bring to each of us.

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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 best-selling 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 d...

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Title:Why Meditate: Working with Thoughts and EmotionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.38 × 5.38 × 0.52 inPublished:August 12, 2010Publisher:Hay HouseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1401926630

ISBN - 13:9781401926632

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes Meditation Easy This book is the heart of a man, Matthieu Ricard, so humble and humane in a dignified way. In addition to giving instructions for quietism, readers are guided in creating an active knowing based on discursive meditation. This book is an intimate instruction that provides any person who wants to meditate regularly the tools of calming, objects/methods they will need to get their mindfulness back, and the traditional development of discursive meditations of altruistic love, exchange, stopping identification with defiled emotion, and bringing daily life and practice together. A sublime interchange of ideas and inspiration. Matthieu backs you up the whole way. This is the only reference one needs in their shed. Completely simple and easy to understand, and to put into action. Astounding breadth of narrative in a friendly conversation manner. "Why Meditate" requires readers to just try it and see. Whether you are Buddhist, Catholic, Agnostic, or Jew, I recommend you buy this book.
Date published: 2011-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes Meditation Easy This book is the heart of a man, Matthieu Ricard, so humble and humane in a dignified way. In addition to giving instructions for quietism, readers are guided in creating an active knowing based on discursive meditation. This book is an intimate instruction that provides any person who wants to meditate regularly the tools of calming, objects/methods they will need to get their mindfulness back, and the traditional development of discursive meditations of altruistic love, exchange, stopping identification with defiled emotion, and bringing daily life and practice together. A sublime interchange of ideas and inspiration. Matthieu backs you up the whole way. This is the only reference one needs in their shed. Completely simple and easy to understand, and to put into action. Astounding breadth of narrative in a friendly conversation manner. "Why Meditate" requires readers to just try it and see. Whether you are Buddhist, Catholic, Agnostic, or Jew, I recommend you buy this book.
Date published: 2011-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A trifle mistitled While a good basic introduction to Meditation, the book tends to spend, I think, too much time on the how to's of meditation. Don't get me wrong, there is definitely stuff in here of great benefit to anyone who is brand new to the process, but I guess I was looking for more of a meditation on meditation. Still, an easily grasped, hands on book that will be of benefit to anyone looking to begin a practice of meditation.
Date published: 2010-09-30

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In this marvelous book, Matthieu Ricard articulates the Dharma in the very same way he embodies it in his life; that is, with profound clarity, goodwill, and humility. These qualities come through on every page and make the experience of reading and practicing with this elegant and deceptively simple primer on meditation tantamount to entering into and familiarizing oneself in an ever-deepening way with the landscape of one's own truest self." - Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Coming to Our Senses "This is the book on meditation that I've been waiting for. Reading it has helped me hone my personal practice, and finally I have come across the perfect book to recommend to all those interested in meditation-newcomers and experts. Why Meditate? is clear, accessible, deep, and practical." - Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Happier " An excellent introduction to a practice that has calmed the mind for thousands of years. Profound concepts and essential instructions are explained with the utmost clarity. I highly recommend it!" - Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., director of Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, clinical associate professor of psychology in psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, past president, Academy of Cognitive Therapy " Why Meditate? is a clear and insightful guide to beginning a meditation practice, and to continuing one skillfully. Matthieu Ricard provides helpful and specific instruction along with an immense depth of understanding about happiness, suffering, and living a better life." - Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and The Kindness Handbook "Writing as a true spiritual friend, Matthieu Ricard shares the wisdom he has gained from his four decades of spiritual training that clearly and succinctly presents what meditation is and how to practice it, step by step. This book is a treasure to be read with care and shared with those you love." - B. Alan Wallace, author of Mind in the Balance "