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A series of practical instructions on wisdom, compassion and mindfulness shared by Matthieu Ricard.  

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Ayn Rand : Is This the Right Model for a Great Nation?

By Matthieu Ricard on August 15, 2017

President Donald Trump proudly proclaims that Ayn Rand is his favorite writer and that he admires her ideas. What does it mean when the United States of America has a leader whose ideal is to promote selfishness in society? I am convinced that selfishness makes life miserable not only for all those around us, but for ourselves as well. Ayn...

A point of view

By Matthieu Ricard on July 29, 2017

Following the recent letter sent by some of Sogyal Rinpoche's students about his behavior, I have been contacted by several media outlets. I did not intend to intervene, considering that I have no qualification to be a judge in this matter. However, it has been insistently put to me that failure to respond meant a tacit approval of the act...

A Dog for Dinner?

By Matthieu Ricard on July 25, 2017

Imagine that you are at a dinner party with friends, and the meat dish is so delicious that you ask your host for the recipe. Your host replies: “Oh that was our dog. You remember Toby? Well, here he is.” Suddenly the meat sticks in your throat and you feel disgusted and deeply troubled. This situation occurs in South Korea, China, Vietna...

This week

Thought of the week

Is there need for lengthy explanation?
Childish beings look out for themselves,
While Buddhas labor for the good of others.
See the difference that divides them! . . .

SHANTIDEVA (685-763)
The Way of the Bodhisattva,chap. 8, verses 129-130.


A Case For Freedom of Expression Based on Altruism

Published on March 24, 2017

Freedom is clearly a basic need for all living beings. Without it people, and animals, can suffer and feel imprisoned. Humans have fought for freedom as a right. But with freedom should come a sen...

How to be happy, per the Happiest Man in the World

Published on March 12, 2017

He’s been hailed the happiest man in the world. And even if Matthieu Ricard, a Tibetan Buddhist monk and author of “Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill,” pooh-poohs that l...

Right now in Karuna-Shechen

Give the Gift of Play to a Child in Need in India

Published on August 07, 2017

Please join Karuna-Shechen in making a difference in the lives of children in need today. In Jharkhand, one of the most remote and under-served places in India, children ages 3-6 spend thei...

Discover our 2016 Annual Report!

Published on June 15, 2017

Our interactive 2016 Annual Report is now on-line. In 2016, with your support, we treated more than 140,000 patients, provided quality education for 4,700 students, and improved living conditions in t...