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: $26.00 US/$29.00 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

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Altruism
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $26.00 US/$29.00 CAN
  • Pages: 432
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316208246
  • On Sale Date: 06/02/2015
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