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Why Meditate: Working with Thoughts and Emotions

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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 ou
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Hay House (first published October 2nd 2008)
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May 11, 2015 Gwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Art of Meditation is about much more than meditation - but then, meditation is about a lot more than just sitting on a cushion and being still. This book explains how we get stuck in habitual ways of thinking, and how they make us unhappy - then shows us how to re-route those patterns. Ultimately, and after some practice, you can train yourself to spot unhelpful thoughts before they really take hold and affect your emotions, and then, sometimes, your actions. Ricard includes dozens of practi ...more
Nuno Ribeiro
Presented in a generous and helpful way. It is a very good way to realize the potential for transformation that resides within. Matthieu Ricard took his experience and focus on sharing what he knows and created a book that is a very clear and insightful starting guide. The way he constructed this guide made it, from the start, a good structure and meditation inspiration, with thoughts and teachings from the great masters. This can become the guide for the first weeks of getting into mindfullness ...more
Intéressant pour les débutants. Offre un tour du sujet simple et accessible aux néophytes. Par contre, j'aurais aimé une plus grande réflexion philosophique, au final, il s'agit plutôt d'un guide pratique sous forme d'introduction à la méditation. Sans être mauvais, clairment pas ce que je cherchais, et un peu terne.
Armando Espinoza
Oct 17, 2014 Armando Espinoza rated it it was amazing
I sought help when my depression was getting too much to bear and nothing else seemed to be working. After some research, I stumbled upon meditation again, and I say that since I used to "meditate" during Tae-Kwon-Do classes when I was a kid. I figured it'd at least get me back in touch with it, as I do remember it helping.

I was amazed by the sheer amount of instruction this book contains. Matthieu Ricard makes a complete effort that addresses basically any question a beginner may have with what
Dec 27, 2015 Antonio rated it it was amazing
Shelves: budismo
This book is a brief and concise description of the main type of meditative practices in Tibetan Buddhism. I am a practitioner with less than a year of being inmersed in Tibetan Buddhism, and have a prior three-year experience in and out in meditation.

So I had been exposed by teachings and readings, attending to meditation retreats, and there have been a numerous meditative practice instructions, some detailed to some extent and others that I have just heard but not being trained for. Still, I
Marta Pestana
Jan 11, 2017 Marta Pestana rated it it was amazing
Super practical. Will read it continuously!
Dec 27, 2011 Sasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual, 2011, 2012, buddhist
This is a book I will read again and again. Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk and his guide to meditation is very practical and written with a secular reader in mind. Ricard is also involved in the Mind and Life Institute, ( dedicated to the collaboration between Buddhism and modern science. Universities such as Princeton, Harvard and Berkeley are conducting intensive studies on meditation and its long-and short-term effects on the brain (page 21) and Ricard himself ...more
Chloe (thelastcolour)
Jun 30, 2016 Chloe (thelastcolour) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I have always been curious about meditation and the effects that it has had, and continues to have, on people's lives. As someone who suffers from both anxiety and depression I have sought natural and non-medical approaches to help myself live with this illness. This book was both thorough and thought-provoking without it completely bombarding me with religion and extremely technical terms. I found that it was relatively easy to grasp the concepts that Ricard wanted the reader to take away from ...more
Dana D.
Oct 06, 2013 Dana D. rated it it was amazing
Not only why meditate, but how: Ricard explains both clearly and in surprising detail for such a short book. I'm no expert, but I had previously read a fair amount on meditation and done some practice; now I suspect this might be the only book I ever needed on the subject!

The content is deeply rooted in Buddhist tradition, but Ricard pointedly addresses a non-Buddhist audience here, eschews digression into the history or other teachings of Buddhism, and keeps crystalline focus on meditation as a
Nov 22, 2016 David rated it really liked it
"We expend a lot of effort to improve the external conditions of our lives, but in the end it is always the mind that creates our experience of the world and translates this experience into either well-being or suffering. If we transform our away of perceiving things, we transform the quality of outlives. It is this kind of transformation that is brought about by the form of mind-training known as meditation"
Yogadog Wendy
Feb 23, 2013 Yogadog Wendy rated it it was amazing
Mattieu Ricard is always a favorite. This is one of his shorter works, and is an excellent reference for those wanting to start a meditation practice. Each chapter provides a different meditation technique and focus, and I've easily underlined at least half the book with passages I'd like to contemplate further. Beautiful and simple.
Ruxandra Fediuc
Jan 06, 2013 Ruxandra Fediuc rated it liked it
Quite basic. Lots of words and metaphors but the book doesn't feel convincing. I would've expected something else. I guess I prefer other approaches in explaining the usefulness of such practices.
Feb 22, 2016 Clotilde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un livre qui reste à mes cotés .je suis admirative par une telle sérénité, j essaie de lâcher prise et moins prendre les choses à cœur. C'est loin d être simple mais rien que lire ça m apaise,
Mohamed Al Sayyah
Aug 09, 2014 Mohamed Al Sayyah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mind-spirit
This is the best book i have ever read. If a book can change someone's life, this book have done this to me ..
Sep 19, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! A must read for anyone interested in Meditation and the mind. Every page is full of wisdom from Ricard and other great masters. 5 stars doesn't do it justice.
Jun 16, 2015 Sunil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully compact book by Ricard that provides the context, theory and practice for meditation. Perfect.
Jul 15, 2013 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Great book for a beginner in meditation. I love him and it comes with a free CD
Jun 26, 2009 Souvenances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: livres-prêtés
Excellent et hyper accessible. Inspirant et tout à fait à point pour un apprentissage autodidacte ou pour un besoin de mise à jour dans le sujet.
Prêté à Benoit juin 2009
May 05, 2015 Ellison rated it it was ok
As a novice I found the first 1/3 of the book useful. The last 2/3 too full of, to me, meaningless phrases: 'rest in state of perfect equilibrium' etc.
Sep 06, 2014 Tilly.brodeuse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lire et relire, une fois d'un coup pour le texte si poétique, et après par petits coups pour tirer la réflexion encore plus et méditer :)
Leslie Levy
Jun 03, 2016 Leslie Levy rated it it was amazing
Great introduction to Buddhist thought and meditation. Great techniques to quiet your mind and lower anxiety
Feb 04, 2013 L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written. Simple and practical but with sound reasoning. Love the inspirational quotes.
Luis José Sánchez
Buen libro para acercarse a la meditación y empezar a ponerla en práctica.
May 04, 2017 Victor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading just to get what meditation is about. I basically skimmed over the parts where it's more biased towards religion and just focus on the spirit of what he's saying.
Oct 24, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it
So let me begin by saying that I like many of the concepts of Buddhism and meditation/mindfulness. I think that this book is an excellent, concise, and clearly-written introduction to the practice of Buddhist meditation. However, I found a couple of things problematic.

1) The book cites quotations, but doesn't always cite research, even though the latter is mentioned. For instance, it does on pages 13-4, when talking about research into meditation, but then does not when referencing athletes and
Dec 08, 2015 190593 rated it it was amazing
Why Meditate: Working with Thoughts and Emotions by Matthieu Ricard is a book that helps one to understand how and why meditation can help with life. In this book, Matthieu helps those who wish to understand meditation and see the goal of it. Also while Matthieu is talking about meditation he is also answering the main goal of Buddhism too.

Matthieu used his teachings as a monk to help show why meditation can help improve ones life and exactly what it is. He also talks about how meditation needs
May 01, 2011 dario rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
El libro confirma varias sospechas:
- necesitás un maestro, un instructor, un "alguien" que te dé los primeros empujoncitos;
- con la cantidad de páginas que hay que leer, pensé, tan esotérico es... meditar?
- altas posibilidades de que existiera material (vulgo: páginas) de relleno;
- el autor tiene la capacidad de simplificar (un atributo que escasea en occidente, o por estos sures) complejas ideas y presentarlas en tranquilos párrafos en estilo cartesiano;
- y no sé si es una virtud, pero Matthie
Interessant mais ce n'est pas ce à quoi je m'attendais. Plutôt que d'apprendre concrètement à méditer (un chapitre seulement donne des directives), ce livre vous parle des fondements de la méditation via le bouddhisme comme l'altruisme, la compassion etc... atteignables par la pleine conscience en libérant son esprit des contraintes émotionnelles. En gros, ouvrons notre coeur et changeons notre vision du monde. C'est un livre de réflexion plutôt que d'apprentissage. Une introduction à la réflexi ...more
Marlon Castro
Dec 13, 2015 Marlon Castro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Supongo que hay muchas razones por las cuáles llegar a un texto de este tipo; en mi caso, es porque un enfoque racional no me basta para soportar un mundo que es cruel, déspota y absolutamente irracional. Es el primer texto sobre meditación que leo, de manera que no tengo cómo hacer una comparación; parece una buena guía, aunque me deja dudas respecto a la metodología a seguir para el que desea iniciarse en esta práctica. Sea como fuere, es una visión de mundo que se opone radicalmente a la vida ...more
Kimberly Hughes
Sep 14, 2013 Kimberly Hughes rated it liked it
This is the first book that I've read on meditation and so I have no other of these types of books to compare it to. That being said, it seems very short and fairly thorough in a pamphlet sort of way. The included CD follows the book chapter by chapter. This book is a basic introduction to Tibetan meditation and its overarching emphasis of compassion and altruism. The practices and the meditation topics he gives are based on that, such as focusing on the Buddha image and how to properly think of ...more
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Born in 1946, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, an author, translator and photographer. He has lived, studied and worked in the Himalayan region for over forty years.

The son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu grew up among the personalities and ideas of Paris’ intellectual and artistic circles. He earned a Ph.D degree in cell genetics at the renowned
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