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 ...

Climate Change : The Audacity of Altruism (part 1)

By Matthieu Ricard on May 30, 2017

Our era is confronted with many challenges. One of our main problems consists of reconciling the demands of the economy, the search for happiness, and respect for the environment. These imperatives correspond to three time scales — short, middle, and long term — on which three types of interests are superimposed: ours, the interests of thos...

Why Should I Meditate ? (part 1)

By Matthieu Ricard on May 16, 2017

Take an honest look at yourself. Where are you in your life? What have your priorities been up till now and what do you intend to do with the time you have left? We are a mixture of light and shadow, of good qualities and defects. Are we really the best we can be? Must we remain as we are now? If not, what can we do to improve ourselves? The...

An interview with Matthieu Ricard by Maria Shriver

By Matthieu Ricard on May 02, 2017

1) How do you feel that compassion can change the world we live in today? Do we need compassion now more than ever? 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 short, middle, a...

Toward a Caring Economy

By Matthieu Ricard on April 19, 2017

The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed. — Gandhi The economy must exist to serve society, not for society to serve the economy. It must also benefit society as a whole. Without condoning the imposition of sterilizing constraints on the spirit of enterprise, innovation, and prosperity, economic...

An Enduring Friendship: Matthieu Ricard and Jane Goodall (part 2)

By Matthieu Ricard on April 05, 2017

Part 2 : Becoming Aware of the Suffering behind Eating Meat Matthieu: It seems also that slaughterhouses are guarded as if they were top-secret military facilities. You can’t see anything. But if it were shown even a little bit to people, they would find it intolerable. Jane: There is a wonderful woman in America. She got a job in an abatt...

An Enduring Friendship: Matthieu Ricard and Jane Goodall (part 1)

By Matthieu Ricard on March 31, 2017

In honor of Jane Goodall's birthday this week, we have the pleasure to post a never-before published dialogue between Matthieu Ricard, author of the recent book, A Plea for the Animals , and the renowned primatologist, animal rights activist, founder of Roots and Shoots and UN Ambassador of Peace. They have been friends for many years, and b...

Conversation between Matthieu Ricard and Elizabeth Kolbert

By Matthieu Ricard on March 06, 2017

Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard each had big books in 2015. Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History—winner of the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction—takes an unflinching look at the history of extinction and the different ways that human beings are negatively impacting life on the planet. Ricard’s Altruism...

The Moral Obligation to Treat All Beings with Compassion. An Interview with Matthieu Ricard, by Garrison Institute.

By Matthieu Ricard on December 29, 2016

In his most recent book, A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard makes a case for ending our exploitation of non-human animals. If we stopped eating animal products, he says, we could start to alleviate global hunger, significantly reduce ou...

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...