How Altruism Can Save the Planet - Part 1

By Matthieu Ricard on October 06, 2015

In July, Matthieu Ricard and Mark Tercek, president and CEO of Nature Conservancy and author of “Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature,” engaged in a question and answer dialogue about the benefits of altruism and environmental concerns Tercek: I love your new book, "Altruism," and how it dares people to ...

Sacred Dances, by Matthieu Ricard - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on August 25, 2015

During the public rehearsal of an annual festival of sacred dances at Shechen Monastery in Nepal, the dancers do not wear masks or costumes but add multicolored scarves to their monastic dress. Here, they practice the dance of one of the Eight manifestation of Guru Padmasambhava, Senge Drakdrok (Lion’s roar). 29 March 2015

Sacred Dances, by Matthieu Ricard - 1

By Matthieu Ricard on August 19, 2015

During the public rehearsal of an annual festival of sacred dances at Shechen Monastery in Nepal, the dancers do not wear masks or costumes but add multicolored scarves to their monastic dress. Here, they practice a dance in honor of sixteen spiritual ‘heroes’ called gings in the monastery courtyard. 29 March 2015. Ceremony of Lama Sang...

We are all humans, Greeks, Europeans...

By Matthieu Ricard on July 30, 2015

Today, I would like to give our friend Ilios Kotsou the opportunity to draw attention to an often neglected aspect of the suffering endured by the Greek people, caused by the malfeasance of a few of their leaders and of global financial institutions. A documentary* by French “Le Monde” journalist Marc Roche, released on the French channel Arte,...

Mount Everest, by Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard on July 22, 2015

Mount Everest (29,028 ft), the highest mountain in the world, on the right Lhotse (27.939 ft), Nuptse (25,791 ft) and other peaks. By helicopter, April 8, 2015. Nepal

A license to kill? Six millions lives at stakes every year

By Matthieu Ricard on July 15, 2015

If Philip Morris wins its case against Uruguay forcing them to scrap its laws aimed at safeguarding public health, smoking bans in other countries will also be threatened, and this will give the company a license to kill. A ruling is expected soon from the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a branch of the Wo...

Born to Be Good

By Matthieu Ricard on July 07, 2015

I have been very inspired by the research done over the recent years demonstrating that even as infants we are wired to be cooperative and helpful. At the Max Planck Institute of Leipzig, Michael Tomasello and Felix Warneken have established that children, from the age of one who are just beginning to learn to walk and speak - spontaneously ...