“Engaging and penetrating observations that illuminate what really matters in our lives, what truly benefits human beings.”
“This rich and nuanced conversation has the potential to leave you more awake and more connected to your own unique beauty and longing, and more inspired to practice as if your very life and the well-being of the world depended on it–which of course, they do.”
Three Friends Seeking Answers to Life’s Deepest Questions
We love looking at the big questions in life through a multi-disciplinary lens. The more perspectives, the better! 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. The unique format of this book is like a transcript of an interview: the three authors take turns speaking, a paragraph at a time, in an interactive dialogue. Reading this conversation feels like eavesdropping on an intimate exchange between three travelers from different disciplines…a rare treat!
“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.”
About the Authors
Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, photographer, and former molecular geneticist who served as an interpreter for the Dalai Lama. His books include The Monk and the Philosopher, Happiness, and The Art of Meditation.
Christophe André is a psychiatrist specializing in the psychology of emotions. His books include Looking at Mindfulness and Feelings and Moods.
Alexandre Jollien is a philosopher and writer who spent 17 years in a home for the physically disabled. His books include In Praise of Weakness.