Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who had a promising career in cellular genetics before leaving France to study Buddhism in the Himalayas thirty-seven years ago. He is also a bestselling author, translator and photographer, and an active participant in current scientific research on the effects of medication on the brain. He lives in Tibet and Nepal and is involved in humanitarian projects in both these countries. Find out more at www.matthieuricard.org
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 authoritative and inspiring book, The Art of Meditation, he sets out to answer these questions. Matthieu Ricard shows that practising meditation can change our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. He talks us through its theory, spirituality and practical aspects of deep contemplation and illustrates each stage of his teaching with examples. Through his experience as a monk, his close reading of sacred texts and his deep knowledge of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard reveals the significant benefits that meditation – based on selfless love and compassion – can bring to each of us.
In my opinion, this is the first book you need if you are interested in meditation. A wonderful teaching, easy to understand, and very helpful to beginners or advanced meditators.
Enlightening and impressively reasonable ... A painless and jargon-free introduction to the psychology of Buddhism, probably the most intelligent thing this benighted planet has come up with.
– Sunday Times
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