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Author: Matthieu Ricard Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781478983248
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The author of the international bestseller Happiness makes a passionate case for altruism—and why we need it now more than ever.

In Happiness, Matthieu Ricard demonstrated that true happiness is not tied to fleeting moments or sensations but is an enduring state of soul rooted in mindfulness and compassion for others. Now he turns his lens from the personal to the global with a rousing argument that altruism—genuine concern for the well-being of others—could be the saving grace of the twenty-first century. It is, he believes, the vital thread that can answer the main challenges of our time: the economy in the short term, life satisfaction in the mid-term, and environment in the long term. Ricard’s message has been taken up by major economists and thinkers, including Dennis Snower, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, and George Soros.

Matthieu Ricard makes a robust and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion as the best means for simultaneously benefitting ourselves and our society. It’s a fresh outlook on an ardent struggle—and one that just might make the world a better place.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Matthieu Ricard brings together ancient wisdom and scientific insights to put forth a truly compelling global vision for the 21st century, and his voice, his message and his wisdom are greatly needed. Arianna Huffington
  • Written with deep conviction and breathtaking scope, this is a must for anyone who wants to explore the human capacity for altruistic love and compassion, and the potential of this capacity to transform our lives. In conversation with Western philosophical and scientific perspectives, the book offers a Buddhist vision for extending altruism beyond its natural limits through carefully crafted meditation practices. The goal is, quite simply, to enable you and me, our society, and all sentient beings to experience less suffering and greater happiness. Could one desire more? Daniel Batson, author of Altruism in Humans
  • Who better to tell us about altruism than a Buddhist monk and scientist, who has meditated so extensively on compassion that it has changed the left side of his brain? In a lively and personal account, Ricard takes us through the origins of empathy and altruism, explaining how biology laid the foundation, whereas culture and spirituality permit us to expand its reach. Frans de Waal, author of The Age of Empathy
  • "Altruism is divided into short, cogent chapters, making it surprisingly accessible, despite its massive dimensions….The numerous individual stories [Ricard] recounts are inspiring and often downright gripping…. Altruism is a careful, detailed, hard-nosed assessment of what is needed both for individual happiness and for the welfare of the planet…an inspiring resource to be consulted over many years.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • "[A] tour de force [that] brings together science, religion, and history to explore the nature of compassion.”

    Huffington Post

  • "[A] life-changing volume.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Dan Woren’s vocal calmness and smooth phrasing create a compelling performance of this thoughtful book…Woren’s pacing has the distinctive quality of being slow and determined without sounding labored or overdramatic.”


  • A New York Times bestseller

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About the Author

Luis Moreno, a voice actor, has narrated several audiobooks throughout his career.

About the Narrator

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat.