Matthieu Ricard Quotes

Matthieu Ricard Quotes.

True freedom means freeing oneself from the dictates of the ego and its accompanying emotions.
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When hearing a door creak, the optimist thinks it’s opening and the pessimist thinks it’s closing.
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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 timetoward the same object, the same personwant to harm and want to do good.
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That’s what Buddhism has been trying to unravel – the mechanism of happiness and suffering. It is a science of the mind.
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Happiness is the result of inner maturity. It depends on us alone, and requires patient work, carried out from day to day. Happiness must be built, and this requires time and effort. In the long term, happiness and unhappiness are therefore a way of being, or a life skill.
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If you want to know the future, look at what is in your mind
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Authentic happiness is not linked to an activity, it is a state of being.
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Worries are pointless. If there’s a solution, there’s no need to worry. If no solution exists, there’s no point to worry.
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Anyone who enjoys inner peace is no more broken by failure as he is inflated by success. He is able to fully live his experiences in the context of a vast and profound serenity, since he understands that experiences are ephemeral and that it is useless to cling to them.
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Nothing goes right on the outside when nothing is going right on the inside.
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At each point in our lives, we are at a crossroads. We are the fruit of our past and we are the architects of our future… If you want to know your past, look at your present circumstances. If you want to know your future, look at what is in your mind.
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The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favourable.
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The mind is malleable. Our life can be greatly transformed by even a minimal change in how we manage our thoughts and perceive and interpret the world. Happiness is a skill. It requires effort and time.
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In the freshness of the present moment, past is gone, future is not yet born, and—if one remains in pure mindfulness and freedom—disturbing thoughts arise and go without leaving a trace. That is basic meditation.
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Empathy is the faculty to resonate with the feelings of others. When we meet someone who is joyful, we smile. When we witness someone in pain, we suffer in resonance with his or her suffering.
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Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.
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Genuine fearlessness arises with the confidence that we will be able to gather the inner resources to deal with any situation that comes our way.
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For a few moments, be aware of your potential for change. Whatever your present situation is, evolution and transformation are always possible. At the least, you can change your way of seeing things and then, gradually, your way of being as well.
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While it may be difficult to change the world, it is always possible to change the way we look at it.
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It’s not the magnitude of the task that matters, it’s the magnitude of our courage.
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Happiness is a skill, emotional balance is a skill, compassion and altruism are skills, and like any skill they need to be developed. That’s what education is about.
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Transform our way of perceiving things, we transform the quality of our lives.
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By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our minds. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of mind, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness.
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