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Ricard Matthieu

Datum narození: 15. únor 1946

Ricard Matthieu je francouzský spisovatel a buddhistický mnich.


„Mám-li všechno, a přesto nejsem šťastný, pak je nemožné štěstí dosáhnout.“

„We try to fix the outside so much, but our control of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often, illusory.“ Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill


„Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are.“

„There is a possibility for change because all emotions are fleeting.“

„Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.“ Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

„According to the philosopher Andre Comte-Sponville: The wise man has nothing left to expect or to hope for. Because he is entirely happy, he needs nothing. Because he needs nothing, he is entirely happy.“

„One is not born wise; one becomes it.“ Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

„I think what everyone should be doing, before it's too late, is committing themselves to what they really want to do with their lives.“ The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet


„The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world.“ Why Meditate?: Working with Thoughts and Emotions

„I have also come to understand that although some people are naturally happier than others, their happiness is still vulnerable and incomplete, and that achieving durable happiness as a way of being is a skill. It requires sustained effort in training the mind and developing a set of human qualities, such as inner peace, mindfulness, and altruistic love.“ Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

„As long as a sense of self-importance rules your being, you will never know lasting peace.“ Why Meditate?: Working with Thoughts and Emotions

„Einstein said: “A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.“ The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet


„Another form of laziness is thinking: ‘That’s not for me; it’s beyond my abilities. I’d rather not get involved with it.’ In other words, you give up the race before you reach the starting line.“ The Art of Meditation

„our Earth is taking part in a fantastic cosmic ballet. First, it pulls us through space at a speed of nearly twenty miles per second during its annual journey around the Sun. The Sun then drags the Earth with it during its voyage through the Milky Way at a speed of 140 miles per second. The Milky Way is falling in turn at approximately fifty-five miles per second toward Andromeda. And there's more to come. The Local Group that contains our galaxy and Andromeda is falling at about 375 miles per second toward the Virgo cluster of galaxies, which is in turn moving toward a large complex of galaxies called the Great Attractor.“ The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet

„We are very much like birds that have lived too long in a cage to which we return even when we get the chance to fly away. We have grown so accustomed to our faults that we can barely imagine what life would be like without them. The prospect of change makes us dizzy.“ Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

„On a timeline that shows the 15 billion years of the universe as one year, the first human appears only at 10:30p on December 31 (about 3 million years ago). Stonehenge is built and Egyptian civilization arises at 11:50:54p (about 3,000 years ago). The Buddha appears on the timeline at 11:59:55p (2,500 years ago), and Christ shows up at 11:59:55p (2,000 years ago). The European Renaissance occurs at 11:59:59p (450 years ago), on the last day of the year.“ The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet

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