Happiness as Human Flourishing

Published on July 20, 2017

A French-born Tibetan Buddhist monk and a central figure in the Dalai Lama’s dialogue with scientists, Matthieu Ricard was dubbed “The Happiest Man in the World” after his brain was imaged. But he resists this label. In his writing and in his life, he explores happiness...

Contemplating happiness with Matthieu Ricard

Published on July 02, 2017

Scientific studies have shown that you can train your brain to be more compassionate; and coupling compassion with altruism can generate a positive outlook in individuals and society. French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard—who used to be a biochemist—has been studying and practicing altruism for many years, and teaches the meditative techniques t...

The World's Happiest Man Wishes You Wouldn't Call Him That

Published on October 13, 2016

What if we told you there was a man who had unlocked the secret to human joy? That despite all the pain and suffering and bad news out there, a monk on a mountaintop in Nepal has discovered a kind of template for How to Be Happy ? We needed to meet “The Happiest Man in the World.” (Please don't call him that). So we sent Michael Paterniti to th...

Why I Am A Vegetarian

Published on October 07, 2016

“It just takes one second to decide to stop. The main reason not to eat meat and fish is to spare others’ lives. This is not an extreme perspective. This is a most reasonable and compassionate point of view.” — Matthieu Ricard

A review by David Barash on altruism

Published on June 12, 2015

Mr. Barash is an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology at the University of Washington. His most recent book is “Buddhist Biology: Ancient Eastern Wisdom Meets Modern Western Science.” The word “altruism” was coined by Auguste Comte, the 19th-century social philosopher and early founder of sociology. It derives, in turn, from the...

Project Syndicate « The Path to Altruism »

Published on January 03, 2014

SHECHEN, NEPAL — ‟Cooperation,” the Harvard University biologist Martin Nowak has written, is ‟the architect of creativity throughout evolution, from cells to multicellular creatures to anthills to villages to cities.” As mankind now tries to solve new, global challenges, we must also find new ways to cooperate. The basis for this cooperation m...