Some things that have inspired Bidushi.
Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness
A TED talk by the French biochemist turned Buddhist monk, dubbed the “happiest man in the world” after brain scans showed him to have abnormal levels of positivity.
A FUN READ: hilarious interview with Robert Chalmers of the Independent and Matthieu Ricard, back in 2007.
Carl Jung speaks about Death
The founder of Analytical Psychology who brought the concept of the collective consciousness into modern parlance, talks of his views on death in 4.5 minutes. Among what he says here you can hear these particularly fantastic lines:
“The word ‘believe’ is a difficult thing for me. I don’t believe, I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and when I know it, I don’t need to believe it. I don’t allow myself to believe a thing just for the sake of believing it. I can’t believe it…but when there are sufficient reasons for a certain hypothesis, I shall accept. I will say we have to reckon with a certain possibility of so and so.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn talks to Google about mindfulness
This is a long one at 1hour 12minutes, but the man who brought Buddhist meditation into the medical world in 1979 speaks with enchanting ease and charisma about what mindfulness is all about. If short of time, catch the first 30 minutes and the last 5…and at the end he recites Derek Walcott’s “Love after Love”.