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Why Meditate

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Why meditate? On what? And how? In his latest book Why Meditate?an instant bestseller in the author’s native France—Matthieu Ricard aims to answer these very questions.

As a molecular geneticist turned Buddhist monk, Ricard brings a wholly unique perspective to the practice of meditation. Often referred to as “the happiest man in the world,” he advises us in the ways to

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Published September 1st 2010 by Hay House, Inc. (first published October 2nd 2008)
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Jun 02, 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
Mar 03, 2012 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
Dec 08, 2015 190593 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Armando Espinoza
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
Yogadog Wendy
Feb 23, 2013 Yogadog Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chloe (thelastcolour)
Jul 15, 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
Ruxandra Fediuc
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.
Jul 14, 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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Feb 11, 2013 L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written. Simple and practical but with sound reasoning. Love the inspirational quotes.
Jul 15, 2013 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for a beginner in meditation. I love him and it comes with a free CD
Antonio Hernandez
Feb 24, 2016 Antonio Hernandez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Viet Hung Nguyen
Tôi lại may mắn khi đọc được cuốn sách này về Thiền tập, sau một thời gian đọc không ít sách về đề tài này. Rất nhiều highlight, rất nhiều notes, và chia sẻ. Tôi đề cử cuốn này đến tất cả các bạn đang thực tập hành thiền và tự tìm hiểu về đề tài này. Cuốn sách khái quát được rất nhiều tinh tuý từ một số truyền thừa Phật giáo về thiền tập.
"Tự do có nghĩa là làm chủ được chính mình. Điều đó không phải là làm tất cả những gì ta hứng lên muốn làm, mà là thoát được ra khỏi sự trói buộc của những điều
Jul 07, 2015 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I've just read too many books on the subject. But this thin volume came highly recommended, so I gave it a whirl. I had to slog through it despite its brevity. If you're an experienced meditator, there's little new for you here, and if you're a newbie, there are many books that make for a better starting point imho.
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
Mar 11, 2014 Vivvie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I`ve found this book very interesting. Simple to read it gives a clear view of what meditation is and how to approach it if you're a beginner, like me! It offers a good range of exercises and practical meditations as well as it offers several inspirational thoughts. Illuminating! ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Bat-Cat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It was a great introduction to meditation, including the benefits and the how to do it. I would recommend this to beginners of meditation and also to seasoned meditators who would like to get a fresh perspective on the art. Matthieu Ricard is the real deal and I am looking forward to moving on to his book "Happiness".
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
Apr 29, 2015 Vivian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply written and easy to practice. Ricard reminds us of the power of meditation to transform us. As an subject himself of scientific study, he offers his knowledge from a very deep awareness and years of meditation.
Jun 24, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Art of Meditation is short book written in very simple language. Ricard explains how meditation can benefit our lives, what to meditate on, and he gives plenty of tips and sample meditation practices. I found the section on "deep insight" particularly useful.
Kimberly Hughes
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Great introduction to Buddhist thought and meditation. Great techniques to quiet your mind and lower anxiety
Dana D.
Oct 06, 2013 Dana D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 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,
Great little introduction to meditation in a Buddhist context, with practical tips and some examples of different types of meditation (mindfulness, present moment, resting in awareness, loving-kindness etc.)
Nice as a summary or reminder for someone already involved in meditation. Won't be so useful for someone who has never meditated in practice before. MR writes simply and elegantly.
May 27, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful reference for anyone who is interested in meditation. The book focuses on the "how" as much as the "why" of mediation. I've been picking away at this book for a while and is has informed my own practice in concrete, useful ways. I appreciate Ricard's straightforward, easy-to-understand writing style. He's not a poet himself (he quotes the more poetic masters frequently) but I found his clear and simple explanations very satisfying. I'll return to this book. Highly recommended.
Jun 08, 2016 Mckinley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, buddhism
Buddhist approach and methods.
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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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“Some people might think that the smartest way to guarantee their own well-being is to isolate themselves from others and to work hard at their own happiness, without consideration for what other people are experiencing. They probably assume that if everybody did that, we’d all be happy. But the result would be exactly the opposite: instead of being happy, they would be torn between hope and fear, make their own lives miserable, and ruin the lives of the people around them too.” 3 likes
“The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world.” 3 likes
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