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

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Why I am a Vegetarian

By Matthieu Ricard on October 17, 2016

“It just takes just one second to decide to stop. The main reason not to eat meat and fish is to spare others' life. This is not an extreme perspective. This is a most reasonable and compassionate point of view.” My first Buddhist teacher, Kangyur Rinpoche, was a very strict vegetarian. I was inspired by him and also by a deep inner reasonin...

A Plea for the Animals: Dolphins Are Not Toys

By Matthieu Ricard on September 14, 2016

The dolphinarium industry is a perfect example of institutionalized selfishness. Money is the driving force that creates and runs them. Their educational, recreational, and environmental facades are covers for the merciless enslavement of species gifted with rare intelligence and who enjoy a rich and complex social life. In the people who run...

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...

This week

Thought of the week

What would we like to pass on to our children? A good image of ourselves, so they see us as being better than we really are? What's the point? Or material goods? That would be handing them a heap of problems. […] Our presence? Whether we like it or not, they will be separated from us when we die. [...] But we could also leave them an inspiration, a vision that is meaningful and that can give them confidence in every moment of their lives. Of course, to be able to do that, we need to get some confidence ourselves, to develop an inner certainty. It is obvious that this feeling can only come from our mind, so it is high time we did something about it.
JIGME KHYENTSE RINPOCHE (b. 1964) Oral advice transcribed by the author.


The World's Happiest Man Wishes You Wouldn't Call Him That

Published on October 13, 2016

What if we told you there was a man who had unlocked the secret to human joy? That despite all the pain and suffering and bad news out there, a monk on a mountaintop in Nepal has discovered a kind...

Why I Am A Vegetarian

Published on October 07, 2016

“It just takes one second to decide to stop. The main reason not to eat meat and fish is to spare others’ lives. This is not an extreme perspective. This is a most reasonable and compassionate poi...

Right now at Karuna-Shechen

Nepal – Rebuilding Together

Published on September 26, 2016

The 2015 earthquakes devastated communities across Nepal. Karuna-Shechen is helping communities rebuild and learn new skills to move beyond devastation to a place of hope. Deeply rooted in the communi...

A Driving Force 

Published on September 07, 2016

Karuna-Shechen’s first female e-rickshaw trainee offers a story of success—and enormous potential. In September 2014, Shobha Devi’s life changed forever. Shobha and her husband, a day laborer,...