Altruism

The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World
By Matthieu Ricard (Hardcover Book, 2015)
The author of the international bestseller Happiness makes a passionate case for altruism--and why we need it now more than ever.

In Happiness, 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.

Matthieu Ricard makes a robust and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion as the best means for simultaneously benefitting ourselves and our society. It's a fresh outlook on an ardent struggle--and one that just might make the world a better place.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $30.00 US/$33.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316208246

    • On Sale Date: 06/02/2015

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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The author of the international bestseller Happiness makes a passionate case for altruism--and why we need it now more than ever.

In Happiness, 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.

Matthieu Ricard makes a robust and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion as the best means for simultaneously benefitting ourselves and our society. It's a fresh outlook on an ardent struggle--and one that just might make the world a better place.

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer. He is the author of several books including The Monk and the Philosopher, a dialogue with his father; The Quantum and the Lotus, a dialogue with astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan; Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill; and Why Meditate? His books have been translated into over twenty languages. He has lived, studied, and worked in the Himalayan region for over forty years. Four million people have viewed his TED talk on happiness.
  • Praise for Happiness:

    "With compassion, incisive logic, and infectious good humor, Matthieu Ricard exposes the false and limited assumptions we have about our potential as human beings and shows us that true and lasting happiness is not only possible, it is our birthright. This is a remarkable book from one of our wisest and most trustworthy spiritual friends." --Richard Gere

    "Ricard's advice is simple, yet wise. If you want to be happy, slow down, look within and try helping others find a little happiness... Happiness is a user-friendly, finely written introduction to the Buddhist path." --Don Lattin, San Francisco Chronicle

    "Matthieu Ricard unlocks the keys to happiness with a clarity, a wisdom, a beautiful spirit and a sense of calm that are themselves the proof of the program for clearer living he outlines with such radiant (such rigorous) simplicity. To read him is to be, for a while, in his hermitage amidst the Himalayas, looking at the world as it really is, but with a warm and transformative sense of possibility."--Pico Iyer, author of The Global Soul

  • "Mixing erudition with wisdom and compassion, Matthieu Ricard has written a remarkable book.  It is hard to imagine a more convincing guide to that elusive thing: Happiness." --Pankaj Mishra, author of An End to Suffering and The Romantics

    "Written with grace and clarity, Ricard offers exciting ideas and practical tools for increasing our understanding of ourselves and our relationship to the world." --Paul Ekman, Ph.D., author of Emotions Revealed

    "In his new book Happiness Matthieu Ricard combines the talents of philosopher and scientist to produce a rigorous and compelling analysis of his subject. He reminds us that to change the individual is also, ultimately, to change the world." --George Soros

  • "Matthieu Ricard brings together ancient wisdom and scientific insights to put forth a truly compelling global vision for the 21st century, cutting through our endless distractions and asking, 'What is a good life?' At a time when we as individuals and as a society have largely abandoned that question, his voice, his message and his wisdom are greatly needed." (Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post and author of Thrive).

  • "Matthieu Ricard is an extraordinary human being, whose luminous presence and gentle voice have a surprising effect: they compel respect for his benign view of life and make routine cynicism impossible." (Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and author of Thinking Fast and Slow).

  • "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, founder of Roots and Shoots, and noted author).

  • "Matthieu Ricard is a genius for our times, a rare combination of scientific brilliance with the heart of a saint." (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence).

  • "Written with deep conviction and breathtaking scope, this is a must-book for anyone who wants to explore the human capacity for altruistic love and compassion, and the potential of this capacity to transform our lives. In conversation with Western philosophical and scientific perspectives, the book offers a Buddhist vision for extending altruism beyond its natural limits through carefully crafted meditation practices. The goal is, quite simply, to enable you and me, our society, and all sentient beings to experience less suffering and greater happiness. Could one desire more?" (Daniel C. Batson, author of Altruism in Humans).

  • "Who better to tell us about altruism than a Buddhist monk and scientist, who has meditated so extensively on compassion that it has changed the left side of his brain? In a lively and personal account, Matthieu Ricard takes us through the origins of empathy and altruism, explaining how biology laid the foundation, whereas culture and spirituality permit us to expand its reach." (Frans de Waal, author of The Age of Empathy).

  • "This remarkable book is an extremely well-documented and elegantly argued plea for altruism, kindness, and compassion in order to address the primarily human-inflicted suffering and sorrow in this world. What is usually unknown or ignored is that altruism is a cultivatable skill, a way of being that can and needs to be chosen to optimize our well-being as both individuals and as a species. If you doubt that, just read this book. Even little snippets will blow your mind and inspire you, as Matthieu puts it, to change yourself and the world." (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses).

  • "Ricard's book, full of good behavior on the part of humans-and other animals-is of a piece with Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature in suggesting that we don't have to be rotten. Inspirational in all the right ways..." (Kirkus).

  • "Matthieu Ricard brings a breadth and depth of reflection and research that offers hope for our global family. He never shies away from hard truth. This wonderful gift, as sweeping in its scope as it is precise in its analysis, illuminates our common humanity." (John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University).

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Altruism
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $30.00 US/$33.00 CAN
  • Pages: 864
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316208246
  • On Sale Date: 06/02/2015
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