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Matthieu Ricard exhibits a "Hymn to Beauty" on the roof of the Grande Arche in Paris.

From April 13 to November 30, 2022, a unique photographic exhibition will pay tribute to the spiritual beauty of the human being, the beauty of altruism, the beauty of the wild side of the world. All these beauties that Matthieu Ricard explores through his numerous encounters and life experiences.

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Training the mind to overcome prejudice

By Matthieu Ricard on March 04, 2022

Social bonding is an essential and vital need for humans, bringing benefits to both physical and mental health as many studies have shown. Yet, in the age of social networks (which sometimes become « anti-social ») and an unprecedented ease of communication , the number of people who are isolated keeps climbing, leading to greater distrust a...

Story time with Matthieu Ricard: making altruism shine

By Matthieu Ricard on January 04, 2022

In July 2021, Matthieu Ricard lent his voice to the animated video “How to build a more altruistic world”, in collaboration with Minimento. His aim is to explain with simple words what altruism is and provide ways of developing and nurturing this state of mind in our daily life. Discover it here Let's come back to some points cov...

Being and Transmitting (2) - Animal Welfare

By Matthieu Ricard on December 10, 2021

Year-end celebrations are an opportunity to act together on social, economic and ecological issues. At our level, we can carry out simple and effective actions to make a change of culture happen. By choosing to buy locally, moderately and responsibly, [see previous blog], but also by avoiding the consumption of animal products produced ind...

This week

Thought of the week

Drinking, dancing, singing, and the pleasures of the flesh never fully satisfy. […] . First, those pleasures do not satisfy both the body and mind. Second, they depend on external circumstances over which we never have complete control, and as such are not always immediately available whenever and wherever we want them. [...] On reflection, pleasures are the cause of great frustration and repeated suffering. [...] However, the happiness provided by the Dharma is quite different. It permeates the body and mind at all times and in all circumstances. [...] No enemy and no event can take it away from us, and its benefits continue into our future lives. That is why it is an ultimate goal to achieve.

ASANGA (sixth century)
Asanga, extract from gdams ngag rin po che'i mdzod, compiled and edited by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye ('jam mgon kong sprul blo gros mtha' yas, 1813-1899), Shechen Publications, India, 1999, vol. 3, p. 458-9.

Right now in Karuna-Shechen

Despite the crisis, benevolent education continues!

Published on July 27, 2021

For more than twenty years now, the notion of altruism, defined as selfless concern for the good of others, unites and inspires Karuna-Shechen’s benefactors, beneficiaries, volunteers and teams. It ...

The sacred bonds of Hinduism

Published on July 26, 2021

Hinduism has many festivals and rituals. They celebrate the major stages of life as well as the deities and are an opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Among these celebrations, one, particularl...