Altruism in action

Altruism is a pragmatic concept capable of uniting our goals for the short-, mid- and long-term. It enables us to cultivate concern for others and to sit down at the table together to craft a better world. Adopting an altruistic attitude brings about positive transformation in our own lives, as well as to society as a whole.

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During the month of June, I invite you to cultivate, promote and act with compassion. Spark your creative altruism to create a solidarity event for the benefit of Karuna-Shechen, my non-profit organization.

Let's act together for a more just and altruistic world. Join the movement !



Cooperation: an Answer to the Great Challenges of Our Time

By Matthieu Ricard on June 18, 2019

Choosing between cooperation and selfishness Cooperation is the creative force of evolution. Humans need cooperation in order to build increasingly complex levels of organization. It is also at the heart of humankind's unprecedented achievement; it allows society to implement things a single person could not. From an egotistical point...

Dolphins are not toys

By Matthieu Ricard on June 10, 2019

The dolphinarium industry is a perfect example of institutionalized selfishness. Money is the driving force that creates and runs them. Their educational, recreational, and environmental facades are covers for the merciless enslavement of species gifted with rare intelligence and who enjoy a rich and complex social life. In the people who ...

Altruism in action

By Matthieu Ricard on May 31, 2019

Altruism is a natural manifestation of human goodness, of which we all have the potential, despite the many, often selfish, motivations that cross and sometimes dominate our minds. Choosing altruism over selfishness The search for selfish happiness is doomed to fail for several reasons. Being self-obsessed leads us to look at the world...

This week

Thought of the week

Anger and hatred are our real and constant enemies. It is they, not our temporary adversaries, that we need to fight and conquer. As we have not trained our minds to weaken their power to harm, those emotions continue to disrupt and negate all our efforts for inner peace.

Summarized and adapted from Les voies spirituelles du bonheur, Presses du Chatelet, Paris, 2002; Points Sagesse, Seuil, 2004. English version: The Compassionate Life, Shambhala 2003

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Beyond donations: expanding solidarity through action

Published on June 25, 2019

The ultimate goal of an altruistic behavior is to do good without being self serving or differentiating between people. We can all accomplish this by taking into consideration others' needs, people th...