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Women are the pillars of a fairer and more sustainable society. Aware of their potential for action, Karuna-Shechen supports them daily through its programs, in their quest for autonomy.

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The need for altruism

By Matthieu Ricard le 15 May 2024

This is an extract from Matthieu Ricard’s book Altruism, Little, Brown and Company editions We need a unifying concept, an Ariadne thread that will allow us to find our way in this labyrinth of serious, complex preoccupations. Altruism is this thread that will allow us naturally to connect the three scales of time— short-, middle-,…

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…

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…


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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As for myself, I always keep a vigilant eye, and from time to time, a situation, a landscape, or even a light, the beauty of a sky or a face, impose themselves with clarity.

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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…

“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…

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