Original title: A nous la liberté!
A co-edition between Allary Editions and L’Iconoclaste.
Three wise men in search of freedom. In Freedom for All of Us, the monk Matthieu Ricard, the psychiatrist Christophe André and the philosopher Alexandre Jollien explain how each of us can overcome the psychological barriers and blossom. — Le Point
The comeback of the three friends: Christophe André, Alexandre Jollien, Matthieu Ricard, the famous Three Friends in Search of Wisdom, meet again for Freedom for All of Us! (…). In this new essay, the psychiatrist, the philosopher and the Buddhist monk choose this time to talk about inner freedom, inviting the readers to get away from their fears and prejudices and be more happy! — Livres Hebdo
Inner freedom allows us to approach with more serenity our existence. – Alexandre Marchi, L’Est Républicain
Matthieu Ricard is not afraid of anything. He explains his doubts about the false gods of our time, individualism, cynicism, materialism, psychoanalyst and so on. – Le Figaro Magazine
A plea for altruism, happiness, wisdom, benevolence. – RTBF
A book which helps us to access an interior appeasement, and to turn our backs on intellectual constructions which impede us. – France Inter
Three friends show us the path to inner freedom
Three years after the immense success of Three Friends in Search of Wisdom (over 450,000 copies sold), this is a new book, inspired, inspiring and useful, on one of the central themes of the human condition: inner liberty.
“The exterior freedom we shall reach depends upon the degree of inner liberty we shall have acquired.”— Gandhi
The genesis of this new book
A year after the publication of their book, the three friends got together for a vacation in the Swiss mountains. On the agenda, long walks, skiing, and sledding. But their old habits proved too strong, and in the evening, by the fireside, their discussions began anew and they were flooded with ideas. They could not allow these rich conversations to just slip away; they placed a mike on the table, and a new adventure began. Over the next three years, after several reunions in the four corners of the world and numerous discussions by e-mail, rereadings, and letters exchanged, this book was born.
“The concern to be useful to our readers has never left us. Even at the height of our discussions, we continued to ask ourselves the question, can what we are saying be of use to others, as well as ourselves? Can it help them find their bearings, encourage them to pose their own inner questions?”— Christophe André
Why inner freedom?
Inner freedom is the natural extension of wisdom. One who attains wisdom enjoys great inner liberty, and one who frees himself of his mental disturbances is on the path to wisdom.
What, exactly, is it about?
Ever since childhood, we have been prisoners of norms, prejudices, and automatic reflexes that stand in the way of our happiness. What are these invisible barriers? Our fears (fear of failure, fear of others’ perception of us), our dependences (on screens, on alcohol, etc.), our thoughts, our habits that lead us to consistently react in the same manner, the conditioning of a consumer society, one that pushes us to perform.
Drawing an itinerary of liberation
This book presents a methodic path to leave our inner prisons and become available for service to all. “Here’s the task, » says Alexandre, «to zero in on our neuroses, the nails that paralyse us, so that we no longer burden others with the weight of our own blindness, for freedom always involves others.»
“The Buddha, Jesus, Spinoza, Epictetus, and many others clear the highways towards freedom. In every case, it is a question of abandoning our narrow conceptions, liberating ourselves from what-will-people-say, daring to swim in the open sea and taking over the helm of our own existence.” — Alexandre Jollien
A methodic book in four parts
PART 1: THE OBSTACLES TO INNER FREEDOM
- Acrasia, or weakness of will
- Discouragement and despair
PART 2: FOR AN ECOLOGY OF LIBERTY
- Places that favour liberty
- An ecology of ties
- The impact of the cultural environment
PART 3: EFFORTS TOWARDS LIBERATION
- The horizon of efforts
- Difficult efforts, joyous efforts
- Training the mind
- From the transformation of the self to that of the world
PART 4: THE FRUITS OF LIBERTY
- Inner pacification
- Our profound nature
- Confronting death
- Unconditional benevolence
What differentiates this book from Trois amis en quête de sagesse ?
One finds the same complementarity among these three voices, the same capacity to place themselves at the reader’s own level and offer him advice (there is a “Tool box” at the end of each chapter). A few differences and new additions:
- Each chapter begins with an anecdote told by one of the three friends.
- The text is punctuated by six exchanged letters.
“How to work towards inner freedom that will allow us to take on, with serenity, the ups and downs of existence and emancipate us from ignorance and the causes of suffering.”— Matthieu Ricard
- Once more, the reunion of three of today’s finest authors
- A methodically constructed book in which a monk, a philosopher, and a psychiatrist reveal their personal advice on how to advance towards freedom
- Warm and personal conversations that give us the feeling of being close to them, listening to them speak
- 140,000 copies sold