Himalayan foothills, by Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard on January 22, 2015

The foothills of the Himalayas seen from the retreat centre of Pema Osel Ling, the ‘Land of the Lotus of Light', at Namo Buddha in Nepal. (2004) Late afternoon in the Himalayas. Seen from Namo Buddha, Nepal. (2006)

A Fight on All Fronts: Part 2 of ‟In Defense of animals”

By Matthieu Ricard on January 19, 2015

In my case, the accusation of holding views that are ‟offensive” to humans because I spend some of my time writing about and trying to prevent abuse of animals is somewhat incongruous. Karuna-Shechen, (www.karuna-shechen.org) the humanitarian organization I founded, treats 120,000 patients annually in Asia, and provides an education for 25,000 ...

In defense of animals

By Matthieu Ricard on January 14, 2015

When my latest book, ‟In Defense of Animals”, was published last fall in France, the complaint I most often heard during interviews and in TV and radio talk-shows was that my concern about the fate of animals was ‟offensive,” because so much suffering already afflicts human beings. To my critics, to be concerned for the welfare of animals was ...

Jitchu Drakey peak, by Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard on January 09, 2015

The peak of Jitchu Drakey in Bhutan (22 929 feet), also called Tsering Gang, is reflected in Lake Tsophu (14 271 feet), at two hours' walk from Jomolhari base camp (May 2007)

The Dance of the Gings

By Matthieu Ricard on December 17, 2014

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. (2012)

Tibet by Matthieu Ricard - 5

By Matthieu Ricard on December 09, 2014

The summit of summits, pinnacle of the Roof of the World, known to the West as Mount Everest. Those who live close to it have for centuries called it Sagarmatha ("the ocean's brow") in Nepalese, or Jomolangma ("goddess of the glaciers") in Tibetan, and know it as the palace of the Five Sisters of Long Life. It rises to 8,848 meters (29,021 f...