Archive for April 2018

Buddhism and Individualism

By Matthieu Ricard on April 24, 2018

Buddhism is sometimes accused of being individualistic and indifferent to the needs of others and the world. This criticism is paradoxical if we understand that one of the cornerstones of Buddhism’s approach is to deconstruct the ego, and one of its main goals is to give rise to unconditional compassion for all beings. Such biases stem fro...

Beginning Meditation

By Matthieu Ricard on April 12, 2018

In our modern world, we are consumed from morning till night with endless activity. We do not have much time or energy left over to consider the basic causes of our happiness or suffering. If we take an honest look at ourselves, it is easy to see that we are a mixture of light and shadow, of good qualities and defects. The aim of meditation is ...

Buddhism Demystified

By Matthieu Ricard on April 02, 2018

Derge press in Tibet where precious Buddhist texts are stored and printed The First in a Series of Notes about Buddhism Buddhism is often defined as being a philosophy, religion, art of living, and so on. But what are the key points that define Buddhism according to the Buddha himself and qualified masters whose commentaries illuminate ...