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Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk and has authored several books, including The Monk and the Philosopher and The Quantum and the Lotus. He is a major participant in the research collaboration between cognitive scientists and Buddhist practitioners, spearheaded by the Dalai Lama and the Mind and Life Institute. Ricard is a noted translator and photographer, and initiates and oversees humanitarian projects in India, Tibet, and Nepal. For more information, visit shechen.org.


Christophe Andr
Christophe Andr is a psychiatrist specializing in the psychology of emotions. His books include Looking at Mindfulness and Feelings and Moods.
Alexandre Jollien
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.

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"In Search of Wisdom offers readers the rare delight of eavesdropping on conversations among three exceptionally thoughtful and wise beings. Covering a wide range of topics and real life situations, their engaging and penetrating observations illuminate what really matters in our lives, what truly benefits human beings. Christophe Andr , Alexandre Jollien, and Matthieu Ricard could not be better companions on this journey of discovery. Highly recommended." --Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

"It is rare that old friends with such different life trajectories can come together in deep conversation and give rise to a resource of such honesty, depth, and benefit to others. But this mutual exploration of meaning and embodiment in the face of the human condition at its most challenging and also at its best is exactly that kind of emergence. 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." --Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and founder of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)

"Reading this extraordinary book is like being present for a fascinating and profound conversation with three brilliant, wise, and large-hearted people. It is delightfully stimulating for the mind, plus full of soulful and practical suggestions for a happier and more loving life. Wow. Highly recommended." --Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

"In the Sufi tradition, the singular reality we call God is often named the Beloved, sometimes the Friend. By extension, Sufi teachers and their students dwell together in an unusual 'friendship, ' cultivated through an intimate form of conversation called sobhet. What I love most about In Search of Wisdom is the fragrance of friendship of the authors, the quality of conversation that arises from the seedbed of their companionship, and the openhearted invitation they offer us to sit around the hearth and join with them in an exploration of what it means to be human." --Saki Santorelli, EDD, MA, author of Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine

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