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Changing oneself to better change the world

By Eva Franchomme le 30 Nov 2023

Excerpt from Se changer, changer le monde, (To change oneself, change the world) with Matthieu Ricard, Christophe André, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Pierre Rabhi, Éditions L’Iconoclaste. Changing the world, in my view, boils down to transforming oneself to better serve others. While avoiding changing the world in a destructive manner, devastating our environment, exploiting animals, and causing… Read more »

Hatred does not cease by hatred

By Matthieu Ricard le 24 Oct 2023

Vanaresi, December 2010 « Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. » Bouddha Shakyamouni In the tragic days we are living through, it is important to emphasize that one can feel a deep aversion towards barbarism and fanaticism and do everything possible to counteract them, without succumbing to… Read more »

Imbuing Empathy with Compassion

By Matthieu Ricard le 18 Oct 2023

By Matthieu Ricard on octobre 18th 2023 This text is an extract from Matthieu Ricard’s book Altruism, available here. I was talking recently with a nurse; like most of her colleagues, she is constantly confronted with the sufferings and problems of the patients she cares for. She told me that in the new training that… Read more »


Matthieu Matthieu Ricard, born in France in 1946 and son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and painter Yahne Le Toumelin, is a Buddhist monk, author of books, translator and photographer.

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Nagarjuna, a great philosopher of the 1st century AD, tells us: "This life that is struck by the wind of a thousand troubles is as fragile as a water bubble. How wonderful it is, after exhaling, to inhale again."

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The world’s happiest man? Matthieu Ricard on the secrets of a serene, successful, satisfying life

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The Buddhist monk and bestselling author’s latest book tells the story of his spiritual journey. He discusses joy, suffering and how to foster happiness and health Photograph: Magali Delporte/The Guardian Interview by Emma Beddington, for The Guardian I get anxious about interviews, I tell Matthieu Ricard moments after he appears on my computer screen… Read more »

“Happiest Man In The World” Shares 9 Incredibly Simple Yet Effective Tips To Become Happier

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Article by Andréa Oldereide and Dominika, for Bored Panda. Matthieu Ricard, often hailed as “the happiest man in the world,” is a remarkable figure whose life and teachings have captivated the world’s attention. With a background as a molecular biologist, the 77-year-old’s journey took an extraordinary turn when he left behind a promising scientific… Read more »

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