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Habits of happiness: Matthieu Ricard on TED.com

Posted by: Tedstaff

What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Buddhist monk, photographer and author Matthieu Ricard has devoted his life to these questions, and his answer is influenced by his faith as well as by his scientific turn of mind: We can train our minds in habits of happiness. Interwoven with his talk are stunning photographs of the Himalayas and of his spiritual community. (Recorded February 2004 in Monterey, California. Duration: 21:06.)

Watch Matthieu Ricard’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances.

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Comments (2)

  • Michael Rusgrove commented on Apr 2 2008

    It is the escape from the self that is of great importance. No one doubts the existance of the self; it is the source of our pain, mistrust, hate, jealousy…. It comes down to the ability to transcend that basic concern for what we can do to satisfy that part of us that overshadows our realization of the interconnectedness of all things. Basic conciousness is the starting point. We must be aware of our own desires and how they evolve into hinderances in our path toward enlightenment.
    No one doubts there is a self ( be it biological or spiritual); the problem is there are too many I’s in the world; not enough we’s.

  • Paulo Pinheiro commented on Nov 17 2007

    We can do what we like, and it’s true we all like to fell well and happy, but in the end, if we are here for something, it’sfor passing the genes, not to be happy.
    BTW, for a philosophy that claims all is compound, why stop at that ‘basic’ consciousness? Is it not composite to? And doesn’t it require a self (that’s what I got from Damasio). It is time to stop claiming there is no self (well, in the sense of soul, it doesn’t), and start talking about what the self is – a biological phenomena, for a start.

    I think buddhists got many things right, but they need an update in language.