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Freedom for All of Us

A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on Finding Inner Peace

Matthieu Ricard, Christophe André, Alexandre Jollien


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Three luminary teachers unfold a compelling series of dialogues on inner freedom—what it is and how to cultivate it in ourselves and others.

“We are, nearly all of us,” writes Matthieu Ricard, “the playthings of our whims, our conditioning, our impulses, our inner conflicts, our wandering thoughts, and our afflictive emotions. This servitude of ours is at the root of much that torments us. How do we free ourselves from the prison of these mental mechanisms, in the face of which we often feel helpless, even resigned?”

With their acclaimed book In Search of Wisdom, these three gifted friends—a monk, a philosopher, and a psychiatrist—shed light on our universal quest for meaning, purpose, and understanding. Now, in this new in-depth offering, they invite us to tend to the garden of our true nature: freedom.

Turn by turn, each shares his own unique perspective on the various obstacles to inner freedom, the “ecology” of freedom, the ways to cultivate it, and the harvest that comes out of it. What emerges is a panoramic vision and road map for us to overcome the barriers that hinder our liberation.

“It is our hope,” they write, “that this book will clarify the means for freeing ourselves from the causes of suffering.” Filled with unexpected insights and specific strategies, Freedom for All of Us presents an inspiring guide for breaking free of the unconscious walls that confine us.

Praise For Freedom for All of Us: A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on Finding Inner Peace

“Down to earth, with doses of wit and self-deprecating humor, Freedom for All of Us captivates from the outset. This book is for all who seek freedom from suffering and wish to discover anew joy, happiness, and who they are meant to be.” — Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change

“You would be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring and accessible resource for seeing the potential present in every moment to befriend and liberate your own mind. That it comes spontaneously out of a conversation among three friends with deep karmic connections, yet different lives and backgrounds, leaves a lot of room for you to find your own ways to realize and embody the freedom that they are pointing to.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founder of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) and author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for All

“It’s rare to find a gathering of such wisdom in a single volume. And it is a delight to be in the company of these three teachers, as if you were sitting with them and listening in. Far-reaching, penetrating, and profound, this is a gem of a book.” —Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Neurodharma

Sounds True, 9781683644828, 368pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2020

About the Author

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

Christophe André is a psychiatrist specializing in the psychology of emotions. His books include Looking at Mindfulness and Feelings and Moods.

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.