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

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Why Should I Meditate ? (part 2)

By Matthieu Ricard on June 27, 2017

What is meditation ? Meditation is a practice that makes it possible to cultivate and develop certain basic positive human qualities in the same way as other forms of training make it possible to play a musical instrument or acquire any other skill. Among several Asian words that translate as “meditation” in English are bhavana from San...

Climate Change : The Audacity of Altruism (part 2)

By Matthieu Ricard on June 14, 2017

Impact of Anthropocene Era For many of us, the notion of “simplicity” evokes a privation, a narrowing of our possibilities and an impoverishment of existence. Experience shows, however, that a voluntary simplicity in no way entails a diminution of happiness, but on the contrary brings with it a better quality of life. Is it more enjoyable...

A black day for America, a black day for the world. Let’s dare to be altruistic

By Matthieu Ricard on June 02, 2017

Repelling of Obamacare, quitting Paris climate agreement. How sad! The president of the United States shows no compassion for the people of our times, but depriving them of healthcare, and no compassion for future generations by depriving them of a good planet. But let’s not lose courage. Let’s remember Marthin Luther King : “Every man must ...

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Thought of the week

To end suffering—not only by relieving its symptoms but by eradicating its root cause—is precisely the aim of the Buddha's teaching. […] We must first realize that the true cause of suffering is not outside, but inside. […] That is why true spiritual practice consists of working on one's own mind.
The mind is very powerful. It can create happiness or suffering, heaven or hell. If, with the help of the Dharma, you manage to eliminate your inner poisons, nothing from outside will ever affect your happiness, but as long as those poisons remain in your mind, you will not find the happiness you seek anywhere in the world.

Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, oral instruction given in Paro, Bhutan in 1987, translated by the author.


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...

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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...

Special Opportunity: Plant a Kitchen Garden in India

Published on June 12, 2017

In the remote region of Jharkhand, India, over 55% of children suffer from malnutrition. Planting a kitchen garden for a destitute rural family will provide them with organic fruits and vegetable...