Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu
Ricard
1946

Buddhist Monk, Photographer, and Author, Ph.D. in Cell Genetics, Son of the Philosopher, Essayist and Journalist Jean-François Revel (born Jean-François Ricard) and Painter Yahne The Toumelin

Author Quotes

No matter how complex our instruments may be, no matter how sophisticated and subtle our theories and calculations, it's still our consciousness that finally interprets our observations. And it does so according to its knowledge and conception of the event under consideration. It's impossible to separate the way consciousness works from the conclusions it makes about an observation. The various aspects that we make out in a phenomenon are determined not only by how we observe, but also by the concepts that we project onto the phenomenon in question.

Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain.

The most direct route to happiness is in service to others.

Unlike pleasure, genuine happiness may be influenced by circumstance, but it isn?t dependent on it. It actually gives us the inner resources to deal better with those circumstances.

Mind training is based on the idea that two opposite mental factors cannot happen at the same time. You could go from love to hate. But you cannot, at the same time ? toward the same object, the same person ? want to harm and want to do good.

The pursuit of selfish happiness is bound to fail. It is a lose-lose situation in which we make ourselves miserable and create misery around us. In particular, we need to make significant progress concerning the way we treat animals, as objects of consumption and industrial products, not as living beings who strive for well-being and want to avoid suffering. In particular, we need to make significant progress concerning the way we treat animals, as objects of consumption and industrial products, not as living beings who strive for well-being and want to avoid suffering.

We divide the world into desirable and undesirable grant permanence to what is perceived as autonomous and ephemeral qualities which in reality is an infinite network of relationships constantly changing.

I got really involved in science research and the science of meditation.

Negative emotions like hatred destroy our peace of mind.

The search for happiness is not about looking at life through rose-colored glasses or blinding oneself to the pain and imperfections of the world. Nor is happiness a state of exultation to be perpetuated at all costs; it is the purging of mental toxins, such as hatred and obsession, that literally poison the mind. It is also about learning how to put things in perspective and reduce the gap between appearances and reality. To that end we must acquire a better knowledge of how the mind works and a more accurate insight into the nature of things, for in its deepest sense, suffering is intimately linked to a misapprehension of the nature of reality.

We do all kinds of things to remain beautiful yet we spend surprisingly little time taking care of what matters most: the way our mind functions.

If altruistic love is based on an understanding of the interdependence of all beings and of their natural aspiration to happiness, and if this love extends impartially to all beings, then it is a source of genuine happiness. Acts of overflowing love, of pure, disinterested generosity?as when you make a child happy or help someone in need, even if nobody knows what you have done?generate a deep and heartwarming fulfillment.

Neuroscience has proven that similar areas of the brain are activated both in the person who suffers and in the one who feels empathy. Thus, empathic suffering is a true experience of suffering.

The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world or, to put it another way, to transform ourselves so we can become better human beings in order to serve others in a wiser and more efficient way. It gives your life the noblest possible meaning.

We must distinguish between spirituality in general terms, which aims to make us better people, and religion. Adopting a religion remains optional, but becoming a better human being is essential.

If you think everything is perfect in your life, or you are a buddha, or is completely idiotic.

Nothing goes right on the outside when nothing is going right on the inside.

The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world.

We seem too often an exhausted hiker carrying a heavy sack on his shoulder full of a mixture of provisions and stones. Would not it be more reasonable to let a moment on the floor to separate one thing from another and lighten the load?

If you want to know the future, look at what is in your mind.

Prepare yourself so that you have no regrets. Think now. The things that you do, like trying to get rid of your competitors, and making one more million dollars, are they going to bring you a peaceful death? Are you really going to be happy when you die?

The universe is not a mail-order catalogue for our desires and fancies.

We try to fix the outside so much, but our monitoring of the outer world is limited, temporary, and Often, illusory.

In particular, we need to make significant progress concerning the way we treat animals, as objects of consumption and industrial products, not as living beings who strive for well-being and want to avoid suffering.

Pure consciousness without content is something all those who meditate regularly and seriously have experienced?it is not just some sort of Buddhist theory.

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First Name
Matthieu
Last Name
Ricard
Birth Date
1946
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Buddhist Monk, Photographer, and Author, Ph.D. in Cell Genetics, Son of the Philosopher, Essayist and Journalist Jean-François Revel (born Jean-François Ricard) and Painter Yahne The Toumelin