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 Andre Christophe Andre 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.
"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 "In this wide-ranging series of enlightening conversations, three prominent thinkers share what they have learned about facing suffering, achieving happiness, helping others, and following their deepest aspirations...The conversations in this sprawling feast of ideas offer a model of engaged dialogue based on mutual regard." --Publishers Weekly, STARRED review "Illuminating...[In Search of Wisdom] is rich with interesting and unusual insights...The trio are humble, describing themselves as seekers rather than sages, but the reader seeking helpful life wisdom will find many nuggets of it here." --Spirituality & Health "After reading this soulful and mind-expanding philosophical work, you will join us in our admiration for Ricard, Andre, and Jollien as 'seed persons' whose quests have the power and vision to transform our lives" --Spirituality & Practice "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 Andre, 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