About patience

By Matthieu Ricard on January 21, 2020

True patience isn't a sign of weakness, but of courage. It certainly doesn't mean to let everything happen passively. Patience gives you the capacity to act correctly without being blinded by hatred and a thirst for revenge, which deprive you of any capacity for judgment. As the Dalai Lama often says, true tolerance isn't a question of sayin...

Abandonment

By Matthieu Ricard on December 31, 2019

It is good to abandon what is superfluous, futile, and useless as quickly as possible and not cling to these from force of habit. If I go hiking in the mountain, and midway I find that my backpack is half-filled with provisions and half-filled with stones, I would, of course, gladly get rid of the latter. Likewise, in life, there are so ma...

No Identification With Our Suffering

By Matthieu Ricard on December 16, 2019

We usually identify completely with our suffering and become one with it. Yet, even when they torment us the most, we are not our suffering in the same way that we are not the sickness when afflicted by some ailment. To achieve fulfilment in this life, it is most important to understand that suffering is an illness that affects us all to ...

Ecological Footprint

By Matthieu Ricard on December 03, 2019

The blog below is an extract from Matthieu Ricard's book Altruism. If you would like to deepen your reading experience, we invite you to have a look at the entire book, which you can get from there: https://www.matthieuricard.org/en/books. The way of life of this individualist minority—often the most rich—is such that its ecological footpr...

The Environmental Challenge at the Heart of the Himalaya

By Matthieu Ricard on November 16, 2019

The ecological crisis that we have unleashed is the great challenge of the twenty-first century. It is vital to act with determination and discernment to implement solutions, both at the government level, following scientists’ recommendations, through our own actions in our everyday lives, and in support of those who are most impacted by the...

Protecting Children from Violence is Their Fundamental Right

By Matthieu Ricard on November 12, 2019

Some countries argue that the Declaration of Human Rights does not apply to their culture or political system. Fortunately, France is not one of them, and was in fact one of the first signatories of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The UN committee, which ensures that these fundamental rights are respected, has unequ...

About Creativity

By Matthieu Ricard on October 22, 2019

The Process of Creativity In order for creativity to develop, the mind needs to be free from the automatic and habitual thinking that runs around in circles. It should remain in a state of openness, lucidity, flexibility, clarity, and wisdom. This will allow it to stop superimposing its own projections on to reality. A new understandi...

Caring Mindfulness at the Service of Others

By Matthieu Ricard on October 08, 2019

As the world becomes increasingly busy and complex, the importance of developing and training our mind to become a better person becomes even more essential. Rushing about and striving to accomplish for the sake of “doing” does not serve the greater good or help to create a better world unless benevolent mindfulness is present. In fact, what...

Non-violence and Tolerance

By Matthieu Ricard on October 01, 2019

Tolerance goes hand in hand with courage, inner strength, and intelligence, the qualities that alleviate mental suffering and prevent us from falling into negative thinking. If we follow a path of retaliation - ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth' - then, in the words of Gandhi, "the world will soon be blind and toothless." Violence be...

What is reality ?

By Matthieu Ricard on September 17, 2019

In Buddhism the word reality connotes the true nature of things, unmodified by mental constructs superimposed upon them. Fabricated concepts open up a gap between our perception and reality, and create a never-ending conflict with the world. ‟We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us,” wrote Rabindranath Tagore. We take for perma...