Translating the Words of the Buddha

By Matthieu Ricard on March 25, 2009

From March 16-20 in the beautiful Himalayan foothills of Himachal Pradesh, at the Deer Park in Bir, India, over fifty translators and scholars of Tibetan Buddhism gathered for 5 days of intense and constructive discussions, to which I was fortunate to participate. This wonderful conference was organized by the Khyentse Foundation. The gro...

The Future Doesn't Hurt.... Yet

By Matthieu Ricard on March 10, 2009

Interdependence is a central Buddhist idea that leads to a profound understanding of the nature of reality and to an awareness of universal responsibility, as often pointed out by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since all beings are interrelated and all, without exception, want to avoid suffering and achieve happiness, this understanding becomes...

A Visit to Davos

By Matthieu Ricard on February 11, 2009

Is there a place in the Davos World Economic Forum for a Buddhist monk who dedicates his time to humanitarian work? The forum organizers seemed to think so and kindly invited me to attend the conferences and share some ideas. Although the current dire crisis in the world economy had been predicted by a number of top economists, there has b...

Why Photography?

By Matthieu Ricard on January 22, 2009

For the last forty years, I have been taking photographs of my spiritual teachers and the world around them in the Himalayas. My main aspiration in doing so was to share the incredible beauty, strength and depth that I have been fortunate to witness. I have attempted to open a door into a world both ancient and yet remarkably relevant to ou...