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Monday, December 21, 2009

And Again ... Happiness

Matthieu Ricard, author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill and The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet among others, has come to my attention again. One of the blogs listed on my list of  "favorites" (see the right sidebar here), Integral Options Cafe, owned by William Harryman, and which often cites articles, or reviews books, or embeds videos I am also interested in, had one of Ricard's talks from 2007 on the subject of happiness.

Matthieu Ricard, French-born molecular biologist at the Pasteur Institute, who is now a Buddhist monk who has lived in the Himalaya for 40 years, and who has been giving talks on the topic of happiness as it relates to meditation for some years now, is very worthwhile listening to. Not only does he give eminently practical advice about the achieving of happiness or well-being, but he also cites much documented research about the effects of meditation on your state of well-being.

Here is a slightly shorter version of one of Ricard's talks given at TED (another one of my favorite websites where much good talk can be found to help Keep Your Energy High (the link is to an article of mine by that name). This talk is about 20 minutes long, the one available via the blog mentioned above is about one hour, but the end effect is similar.

If you experience any difficulties viewing the video on my blog, please go to the original site here to see it.

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