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Title:
In search of wisdom : a monk, a philosopher, and a psychiatrist on what matters most / Matthieu Ricard, Christophe André, Alexandre Jollien ; translated by Sherab Chödzin Kohn.
ISBN:
9781683640240
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colorado : Sounds True, Inc., 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
xi, 321 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Originally published as Trois amis en quête de sagesse."--Title page verso.
Contents:
Preface -- Introduction -- What are our deepest aspirations? -- The ego, friend or impostor? -- Learning to live with our emotions -- The art of listening -- The body : burden or idol? -- The origins of suffering -- Consistency : a question of fidelity -- Altruism : everybody wins -- The school of simplicity -- Guilt and forgiveness -- True freedom: what can i liberate myself from? -- Our daily practice -- Epilogue -- Authors and some inspiring friends -- A final aspiration.
Abstract:
"In Search of Wisdom is a book born of the friendship of three gifted teachers, exploring the universal human journey and our quest for meaning and understanding. This translation of the French bestseller brings readers an intimate, insightful, and wide-ranging conversation between Buddhist monk and author Matthieu Ricard, philosopher Alexandre Jollien, and psychiatrist Christophe André. Join these three luminaries as they share their views on how we uncover our deepest aspirations in life, the nature of the ego, living with the full range of human emotion, the art of listening, the temple of the body, the origin of suffering, the joy of altruism, true freedom, and much more. "We don't pretend to be experts on the subject matter or models in accomplishing the work or overcoming the obstacles involved in it," they write. "We are only travelers in search of wisdom, aware that the path is long and arduous, and that we have so much still to discover, to clarify, and to assimilate through practice . . . Our dearest wish is that when you cast your eyes on these pages, you will discover subjects for reflection to inspire you and brighten the light of your life."--Amazon.com.
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In Search of Wisdom is a book born of the friendship of three gifted teachers, exploring the universal human journey and our quest for meaning and understanding. This translation of the French bestseller brings readers an intimate, insightful, and wide-ranging conversation between Buddhist monk and author Matthieu Ricard, philosopher Alexandre Jollien, and psychiatrist Christophe André.

Join these three luminaries as they share their views on how we uncover our deepest aspirations in life, the nature of the ego, living with the full range of human emotion, the art of listening, the temple of the body, the origin of suffering, the joy of altruism, true freedom, and much more.

"We don't pretend to be experts on the subject matter or models in accomplishing the work or overcoming the obstacles involved in it," they write. "We are only travelers in search of wisdom, aware that the path is long and arduous, and that we have so much still to discover, to clarify, and to assimilate through practice . . . Our dearest wish is that when you cast your eyes on these pages, you will discover subjects for reflection to inspire you and brighten the light of your life."?

In Search of Wisdom Highlights

* Discovering our deepest aspirations

* The ego: friend or impostor?

* Learning to live with the full spectrum of our emotions

* The art of listening

* The body: burden or idol?

* Suffering and its origins

* The joy of altruism

* The school of simplicity

* Guilt and forgiveness

* True freedom

* Daily practice


Author Notes

Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk residing in Katmandu, is a coauthor of "The Monk & the Philosopher" & is the official French translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this wide-ranging series of enlightening conversations, three prominent thinkers share what they have learned about facing suffering, achieving happiness, helping others, and following their "deepest aspirations." French-born Ricard (Altruism) gave up a career in molecular genetics to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk and is commonly referred to as the happiest man in the world; French psychiatrist André (Happiness) brings mindfulness approaches to his work; and Jollien (In Praise of Weakness), a Christian and student of Zen, is a Swiss philosopher whose thought has been shaped by his cerebral palsy. Despite varied life experiences and interests, the three have far more commonalities than differences. ("Every moment of life can become the occasion for liberation-because we are not born free, we become free.") Much of their discussion is grounded in key ideas from positive psychology ("Positive emotions revive our openness and renew our ability to relate with others") mindfulness, and Buddhism ("Ignorance is a kind of addiction of which we endlessly create the causes"). Using examples from their daily lives, the participants bring clarity and subtlety to bear on familiar topics such as compassion, gratitude, and nonviolence; roaming freely, they also investigate timely subjects such as listening without judgment, living according to one's ideals, and responsibly exercising freedom of thought, speech, and action. Each chapter concludes with brief advice from the three on the topic at hand. The conversations in this sprawling feast of ideas offer a model of engaged dialogue based on mutual regard. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Our Motivation for This Book
Our Paths
1 What Are Our Deepest Aspirations?p. 21
What Motivates Us
The Path and the Goal
What Inspires Us
2 The Ego, Friend or Impostor?p. 39
The Diseases of Ego
Genuine Self-Confidence
The I, the Person, and the Ego
Forgetting the Self-the Silence of Ego
Shower of Gratitude
Our Advice for Working with Ego
3 Learning to Live with Our Emotionsp. 59
The Afflictive Emotions
When Modern Psychology and Buddhism Come Together
The Role of Emotions
The Importance of States of Mind
Is It Possible to Liberate Ourselves from Negative Emotions?
Is There Such a Thing as Addiction to Painful Emotions?
The Myth of Emotional Apathy
How to Cultivate Benevolence
Happiness and Joy
Our Advice for the Good Use of the Emotions
4 The Art of Listeningp. 93
The Characteristics of True Listening
What Exactly Does Listening Without Judging Mean?
The Face of Listening
Parasites on Listening
Daring to Be Silent
Being There, Present
Our Advice about Listening
5 The Body: Burden or Idol?p. 115
Inhabiting the Body
The Body Made Me a Doctor
The Body in Buddhism
The Body and Meditation
The Body-Mind Connection
Out Advice for Working with Your Body
6 The Origins of Sufferingp. 131
The Cartography of Suffering
Self-Inflicted Suffering
Analyzing Unhappiness: The Causes of Suffering
The Looks of Others Can Kill or Cure
Can We Get Away from Unhappiness?
The Remedies for Suffering and Some Pitfalls
Acceptance Is Not Resignation
The Practice of Acceptance in Everyday Life
Persevering After Suffering
Our Advice for Times of Trial
7 Consistency: A Question of Fidelityp. 175
High-Fidelity People
Should We Play a Role in the Social Theater or Tell the Whole Truth?
The Ravages of Intolerance
Embodying an Ethic
Our Advice on Consistency
8 Altruism: Everybody Winsp. 187
The Joy of Altruism
Where Does Concern for Others Come From?
Altruism, Empathy, Compassion
Extending Our Capacity for Compassion
True Altruism
Altruism Without Labels
How to Be Compassionate Toward Difficult People
The Courage of Altruism and Nonviolence
Fatigue, Helplessness, Discouragement
Practicing Compassion
Compassion Toward Oneself
Our Advice for a More Altruistic Life
9 The School of Simplicityp. 233
The Diogenes Syndrome
Detachment and Opening to Others
Being Content with Simplicity
The Freedom of Nonattachment
Lightening Up That Pacifies
Stripping Away in Daily Life
Teaching Simplicity to Children
Our Advice for Traveling Light
10 Guilt and Forgivenessp. 257
An End to Guilt
Intimate and Painful Feelings
Regrets-the Replay Button
What It Means to Forgive
Small Pardons
Our Advice on Daring to Forgive
11 True Freedom: What Can I Liberate Myself From?p. 277
Urgency Without Haste
Disobeying a Frivolous Ego
Liberating Ourselves from What Ruins Our Daily Lives, or the CCL File
Freedom Inseparable from Responsibility
The Propet Exercise of Freedom
The Ultimate Freedom: Liberating Oneself from the Causes of Suffering
Compassion as a Compass
Out Advice for Exercising Freedom in Everyday Situations
12 Our Daily Practicep. 295
Turning Daily Life into a Practice Ground
Obstacles to Practice
What I Find Helpful
A Typical Day
Looking at the Big Picture
Listening, Studying, and Assimilating Through Practice
The Infinite Transforming Power of Mind
My Personal Practice
Advice for a Daily Practice
Epiloguep. 315
A Final Aspiration
Acknowledgments: Three Authors and Some Inspiring Friendsp. 317
Notesp. 319
About the Authorsp. 321