Twenty-seven years ago, his son, Matthieu Ricard, gave up a promising career as a scientist . El diálogo entre padre e hijo, entre un filósofo y un científico y posterior monje budista, el ateísmo de uno y el desapego del otro, el constructor de. Pero, antes que nada, ¿qué es el budismo, en realidad? Jean-François Revel y Matthieu Ricard, padre e hijo, filósofo agnóstico uno y monje el. Libros de Segunda Mano – Pensamiento – Otros: El monje y el filosofo- jean françois revel y matthieu ricard. Compra, venta y subastas de Otros en.

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Jul 04, Eduard Barbu rated it liked it. Jean Francois-Revel, filisofo pillar of French intellectual life in our time, became world famous for his challenges to both Communism and Christianity.

Paperbackpages. Return to Book Page. Oct 27, Vicente Villela rated it liked it. Feb 05, Jon Gauthier rated it really liked it Shelves: While I was excited about the book at the beginning, it became tiresome as it went on, due to the father’s lack of insistence upon pressing further on the most compelling questions and what felt like rather weak answers by the son towards his father’s inquiries especially in the metaphysical discussion.

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Unlike other “free-thinker vs. Sep 22, Matthisu rated it it was amazing Shelves: The younger monk seems wholly content with his decision. The skills of highly trained monks are equally extraordinary, but not observable by others. Nov 27, Gerardo rated it really liked it. Dec 20, Joshua rated it really liked it. The subsequent chapters talk about the reason why Philosophy in the west failed to provide solace to the people post 18th century since the role of the ethics was relegated to the field of politics which predominantly consisted of theorising and implementing utopias while the role of knowledge was relegated to science.

He took a handful of snow and concluded that white was ‘cold’. Jean-Francois Revel appears to be well versed with not only the works of the contemporary modern philosophers but also of the ancient greeks and the roman schools of thought.


The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life

So, according to Buddhism, a ‘world’ independent of any conceptual designation would make no sense to anyone. What makes it interesting is the authors backgrounds, and the fact that none of them get to drag long enough without being challenged, whether by expected or unexpected reasoning.

This is a very learned conversation between two high educated people and, as such, become difficult to read for those of us with less specialized educations.

To understand the ultimate nature of mind and to free it from impurities such as hatred, jealousyanger among other afflicting emotions. That they are not integrated into a single whole by the monks or the philosophers is tragic for everyone else, as life without the first is unexamined and unfulfilled, and without the latter is nasty and usually short.

This book is a conversation between the two! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

De monnik luistert geduldig en probeert zijn vader, die een westers, kantiaans en bijna materialistisch wereldbeeld aanhangt, alles zo helder mogelijk uit te leggen. This refusal to investigate our own Western spiritual traditions and the insistence on claiming the traditions of others worries me: One of them was told that white was the color of snow. However we can consider reliable testimony by many credible practitioners who have no reason to mislead or deceive.

El Monje y El Filosofo

Revel certainly doesn’t pull any punches, and his son is always understanding and prepared with a thorough answer. Education needs to be more than just the accumulation of knowledge; it should really be education on how to be.

This is also connected to my key disappointment that I have still like JF not been convinced on the metaphysical aspects of Buddhism — chiefly reincarnation, and seeing consciousness as a flow that can be accessed by an entity even after what we call matthieu ricard el monje y el filosofo. I could feel my sympathies alternate between the monk and the philosopher. If you are looking for something witty that will quickly change your life, The Monk and the Philosopher is not what you want.


After reading it, I am shocked to find out ricarc not only does it provide a comparison, but also that my original concept in Buddhism is totally wrong. Satanic Bible Anton Szandor Lavey. Another thing that bothers me is that Matthieu Ricard always poses as the happy sage. The philosopher critically analyzes what the monk presents and compares it to the philosophical traditions of the West while struggling to learn from his son. I think that truth does not contradict itself, and that the two talked past each other at times.


Buddhist scriptures tell the story of two blind men who wanted to have explained to them what colors were. Just remain in awareness of the present moment, free of any conscious thoughts. The discussion is often quite philosophically rigorous, and the topics covered include some of the big questions I listed above.

As someone who has been interested in Philosophy for several years now, I found this book to be a refreshing read which helped me understand the different goals of the eastern and western schools of thoughts and hence appreciate the consequences of these thoughts that have manifested in terms of the respective cultures.

The Monk and the Philosopher: Pain though an illusion mohje be very real for someone, the behaviour causing it ingrained in their system over lifetimes as per Buddhism. Abdeldjalil Gh rated it did not like it Aug 14, Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Not easy to understand. He complains he didn’t find spiritual role models among his family and friends – and then proceeds to drop filosofp dazzling array of names in the arts and intellectual elite.