A Plea for the Animals

Every cow just wants to be happy. Every chicken just wants to be free. Every bear, dog, or mouse experiences sorrow and feels pain as intensely as any of us humans do. In a compelling appeal to reason and human kindness, Matthieu Ricard here takes the arguments from his best-sellers Altruism and Happiness to their logical conclusion: that compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire. 

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Power and Care with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

By Matthieu Ricard on March 29, 2016

“One of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites, so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love,” said Martin Luther King. “We’ve got to get this thing right, ” he added, emphasizing that power without care, without love and compass...

Sacred Dances, by Matthieu Ricard - 3

By Matthieu Ricard on February 02, 2016

Inside the main temple, the monks are getting ready to come out in the courtyard of Shechen monastery, in Nepal, to engage in the Tsechu Festival of Sacred dances. (March 29th, 2015)

Altruism Meets Effective Altruism: Thoughts on Conversations with Peter Singer

By Matthieu Ricard on January 12, 2016

In October, I had the honor of participating in a public discussion at Princeton University with philosopher Peter Singer, Professor of Ethics and author of The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically (Yale University Press). “Effective altruism," writes Peter Singer, "is based on a very simple id...

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The thought of the week

A sailor should cross the ocean if he has a boat; a general should defeat the enemy if he has an army; a poor man should milk the ‟cow of plenty” if it is within his reach; a traveler who wants to go to distant lands should pursue his journey if he has an excellent horse. As for you, who have a precious human life for the moment and have received instructions from a spiritual master, the embodiment of all the buddhas of the three times, think with joy and enthusiasm of traveling the great path of the supreme Dharma and getting ever closer to the ultimate goal: enlightenment and liberation.
SHABKAR TSOGDRUK RANGDROL (1781 -1851) Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol zhabs dkar tshogs drug rang grol, 1781-1851), extract from chos bshad gzhan phan nyi ma, SH60, in zhabs dkar tshogs drug rang grol gyi bka' 'bum,.Shechen Publications, Delhi, 2003, vol. 10 (THA), p. 16-7


The Writings of Shabkar

Published on June 22, 2016

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Humla: Eight Schools on the Roof of the World

Published on July 01, 2016

As many children all around the world are enjoying their summer vacation, high up in the mountains of Humla, the school year is in full swing. The school year begins at the end of March in this isolat...