An Ecology of Well-Being

By Matthieu Ricard on June 25, 2015

We place great emphasis on the environment in terms of natural wealth, and the importance of its preservation for the future of the biosphere. But we must also highlight the fact that the presence of a healthy natural environment has a remarkable effect on our subjective well-being. In his book An Ecology of Happiness, Éric Lambin, professor...

Children Don't Climb Trees Anymore

By Matthieu Ricard on June 17, 2015

Recently I was in eastern France and had a chance to walk in the countryside. A friend who had accompanied me said: “Once upon a time, during cherry season, we would all be up in the trees filling our boots and arms with cherries. Nowadays the cherries stay on the branches. The children don’t climb trees anymore.” In fact, several studies hav...

Nepal earthquakes: Karuna-Shechen's action - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on June 11, 2015

With our network of partners, since the first quake in Nepal, Karuna-Shechen has helped 140,135 people in 379 villages, bringing essential medical, food and relief aid to the most vulnerable populations. We have also put in place a special program for pregnant women and new mothers. On top of their normal food rations, they receive iron, cal...

Choyu, by Matthieu Ricard - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on June 03, 2015

The glacier that comes down in fronf of Choyu, or Cho Oyu, (8,201 metres, 26,906 ft), the sixth highest mountain in the world, located on the Tibet-Nepal border, 20 km west of Mount Everest. “Choyu” comes from the Tibetan name Jowo Yu (jo bo g.yu), "Turquoise Lord”. A few kilometres west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La (5,716m/18,753 ft), a pass tha...

Nepal earthquakes: Karuna-Shechen's action

By Matthieu Ricard on May 14, 2015

Two weeks after a first earthquake devasted Nepal and caused over 8,000 casualties and 17,800 wounded, a new quake of a magnitude of 7,3 struck the north-east region of the country on May 12th. The teams on the ground of Karuna-Shechen, Matthieu Ricard's humanitarian organization, continue their work providing assistance to the victims of th...

Choyu, by Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard on May 07, 2015

Choyu, or Cho Oyu, (8,201 metres, 26,906 ft) is the sixth highest mountain in the world, located on the Tibet-Nepal border, 20 km west of Mount Everest.. “Choyu” comes from the Tibetan name Jowo Yu (jo bo g.yu), "Turquoise Lord”. A few kilometres west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La (5,716m/18,753 ft), a pass that serves as the main trading route be...

Let Altruism be Your Guide

By Matthieu Ricard on May 07, 2015

Excepts from Matthieu Ricard’s Latest TED Talk, October 2014. We have an extraordinary potential for goodness, but also an immense power to do harm. Any tool can be used to build or to destroy, and it all depends on our motivation. Therefore, it is all the more important to foster an altruistic motivation rather than a selfish one. We ind...