Joyful New Year from Matthieu Ricard

Beyond the Self: Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience
Matthieu in dialogue with Wolf Singer, MIT Press

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Buddhism shares with science the task of examining the mind empirically; it has pursued, for two millennia, direct investigation of the mind through penetrating introspection. Neuroscience, on the other hand, relies on third-person knowledge in the form of scientific observation. In this book, Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk trained as a molecular biologist, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist -- close friends, continuing an ongoing dialogue -- offer their perspectives on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, epistemology, meditation, and neuroplasticity.


The Fear Factor

By Matthieu Ricard on January 15, 2018

Abigail Marsh’s new book, The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths and Everyone in Between , reads like a thriller: it is entertaining, easy to read, and page after page, throws light on two of the most fundamental traits of human beings: extreme selfishness and extreme altruism. While doing research for my book Altru...

Buddhism Always Condemns Violence, Without Exception

By Matthieu Ricard on December 18, 2017

Copyright @ Sébastien SORIANO/Le Figaro The world is appalled by the unspeakable violence perpetrated by the Burmese army against the Rohingyas, seemingly with the blessing of members of the Buddhist clergy. The humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders, estimates that over 6,000 people have been killed, all civilians, including c...

Changing Human Behavior

By Matthieu Ricard on December 12, 2017

Matthieu Ricard's A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion (2016, Shambhala Books) was recently released in paperback. The book underscores a commitment to heightened awareness of human impacts on the lives of animals worldwide: We live in an essentially interdependent...

This week

Thought of the week

To cover all the earth with sheets of leather—
Where could such amounts of skin be found?
But with the leather soles of just my shoes
It is as though I cover all the earth! . . .

SHANTIDEVA (685-763)
Bodhicaryavatara: The Way of the Bodhisattva, op. cit. Chap. 5, verses 12-13, and Chap. 6, verses 1-3, 10, 22, 41, 107-8.

Right now in Karuna-Shechen

Balwan Chantyal: Our Solar Power Partner

Published on January 13, 2018

A broad smile lights up the face of a man who helps spread light to some of Nepal's most remote villages. Balwan Chantyal is the director of Ulyalo Ghar, our partner in Nepal for solar power instal...

Beautiful Turquoise Ocean: Our Karuna Girl

Published on January 13, 2018

In his latest work Un demi-siècle dans l’Himalaya (Half a Century in the Himalayas), Matthieu Ricard recalls his two encounters with Drouk-kar Tsho, a little Tibetan girl whose gentle smile has bec...