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 ...

Guided meditation by Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard on March 20, 2018

For more about meditation see Why Meditate? by Matthieu Ricard, published by Hay House. In the UK, The Art of Meditation, published by Atlantic Press.

International Women's Day on 8 March

By Matthieu Ricard on March 05, 2018

I have founded Karuna-Shechen in 2000. It is a charitable non-profit organization rooted in the ideals of altruism and compassion in action. Each year, over 250,000 people benefit from Karuna-Shechen's projects in northern India, Nepal, and eastern Tibet To promote a more just and altruistic world, we must help women to actualize their pot...

Meeting an Ordinary Saint

By Matthieu Ricard on February 08, 2018

Every evening, for 25 years, Gurmit Singh, shuts his clothing store in the sprawling city of Patna for the night, gets on his scooter, and visits the neediest people. These are the people who are left behind by the two main hospitals in the capital of Bihar, the poorest state in India. They are called "lawaris," the "abandoned," because they...

The Fear Factor

By Matthieu Ricard on January 15, 2018

Abigail Marsh’s new book, The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths and Everyone in Between , reads like a thriller: it is entertaining, easy to read, and page after page, throws light on two of the most fundamental traits of human beings: extreme selfishness and extreme altruism. While doing research for my book Altru...

Buddhism Always Condemns Violence, Without Exception

By Matthieu Ricard on December 18, 2017

Copyright @ Sébastien SORIANO/Le Figaro The world is appalled by the unspeakable violence perpetrated by the Burmese army against the Rohingyas, seemingly with the blessing of members of the Buddhist clergy. The humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders, estimates that over 6,000 people have been killed, all civilians, including c...

Changing Human Behavior

By Matthieu Ricard on December 12, 2017

Matthieu Ricard's A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion (2016, Shambhala Books) was recently released in paperback. The book underscores a commitment to heightened awareness of human impacts on the lives of animals worldwide: We live in an essentially interdependent...

On Consciousness

By Matthieu Ricard on November 28, 2017

Buddhism speaks of six, seven, or eight aspects of consciousness. It speaks first of the ground or basic consciousness, which has a global, general knowledge that the world is there and that I exist. Then there are five aspects related to the five sensory experiences: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. The seventh aspect is me...

Move humanity forward

By Matthieu Ricard on November 15, 2017

Maria Shriver :  How do you feel that compassion can change the world we live in today? Do we need compassion now more than ever? MR : One of the main problems in this current era is how to reconcile the demands of the economy, the search for happiness, and respecting the environment. These imperatives correspond to three time scales: the...