Eleven Quotes by Matthieu Ricard, the Happiest Man in the World, on Genuine Happiness

Matthieu Ricard - The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world.

  1. “The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world.”

  2. “Good and evil exist only in terms of the happiness or suffering they create in ourselves and others”

  3. “Pure consciousness without content is something all those who meditate regularly and seriously have experienced—it is not just some sort of Buddhist theory.”

  4. “Unlike pleasure, genuine happiness may be influenced by circumstance, but it isn’t dependent on it. It actually gives us the inner resources to deal better with those circumstances.”

  5. “Western efficiency is a major contribution to minor needs.”

  6. “We try to fix the outside so much, but our control of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often, illusory.”

  7. “Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.”

  8. “While it may be difficult to change the world, it is always possible to change the way we look at it.”

  9. “Nothing goes right on the outside when nothing is going right on the inside”

  10. “We do all kinds of things to remain beautiful yet we spend surprisingly little time taking care of what matters most: the way our mind functions.”

  11. “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.”

Matthieu Ricard (1946 – )

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10 thoughts on “Eleven Quotes by Matthieu Ricard, the Happiest Man in the World, on Genuine Happiness

    1. Thanks for the question! 🙂
      -‘Pleasure’ means pleasure of five external senses, and ‘genuine happiness’ means happiness of peace, compassion, love, altruism and freedom (or defined in negative terms: happiness devoid of sensual thirst, aversion and hate, boredom and laziness, anxiety and worrying and doubt).
      -I understand ‘circumstances’ as external conditions, be that different people (family, friends, adversaries, society), genetics or any other condition in the world – i.e. beyond our real control. Some may have positive, some neutral, and some negative effects.
      Our spiritual faculties (conviction and discernment, energy and peace of mind, and remembrance which governs them) – which are the road to this genuine happiness, and influenced by circumstances, but our own struggle is, of course, essential condition for the development.
      And when this is developed, it is easy for us to deal with negative circumstances. 🙂
      Now, I can just hope I expressed myself at least somewhat clearly. 🙂
      Love ❤

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