About the Film “Buddhism: The Law of Silence”.

By Matthieu Ricard on September 09, 2022

The recently aired documentary, “Buddhism: The Law of Silence,” examines the alleged system abuses of Sogyal and the crimes committed in the 80s and 90s by the so-called Buddhist master Robert Spatz. These abuses and the suffering they caused, often to very young victims, are indeed abhorrent. The situation is rendered even more revolting bec...

Training the mind to overcome prejudice

By Matthieu Ricard on March 04, 2022

Social bonding is an essential and vital need for humans, bringing benefits to both physical and mental health as many studies have shown. Yet, in the age of social networks (which sometimes become « anti-social ») and an unprecedented ease of communication , the number of people who are isolated keeps climbing, leading to greater distrust a...

Story time with Matthieu Ricard: making altruism shine

By Matthieu Ricard on January 04, 2022

In July 2021, Matthieu Ricard lent his voice to the animated video “How to build a more altruistic world”, in collaboration with Minimento. His aim is to explain with simple words what altruism is and provide ways of developing and nurturing this state of mind in our daily life. Discover it here Let's come back to some points cov...

Being and Transmitting (2) - Animal Welfare

By Matthieu Ricard on December 10, 2021

Year-end celebrations are an opportunity to act together on social, economic and ecological issues. At our level, we can carry out simple and effective actions to make a change of culture happen. By choosing to buy locally, moderately and responsibly, [see previous blog], but also by avoiding the consumption of animal products produced ind...

Requiem for the planet

By Matthieu Ricard on December 06, 2021

Matthieu Ricard will meet with Jane Goodall on December 14th, 2021, at 7PM (Paris Time), for an exceptional virtual round table on the theme of Hope – a necessary commitment. They will explore the topic of the urgency to establish a new social contract between humans and the rest of the living world. To participate, click here. When mak...

Being and transmitting (1) - Compassion in action

By Matthieu Ricard on December 03, 2021

Our common responsibility has become all the more obvious now that we face major social, economic and environmental disasters. These issues generate disturbance, confusion and seemingly complex interrogations, but it is actually a simple matter of opposition between altruism and institutionalized selfishness. The best way to bring about cult...

The climate crisis: we can be part of the change

By Matthieu Ricard on November 05, 2021

Our time is marked by many social, economic and ecological disasters. For Johan Rockström, codirector of the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the environmental crisis is a first-rate emergency where the stakes are particularly high and the time to act limited. Most of us are both aware of and preoccupied by these human-made e...

Meditation for emotional balance

By Matthieu Ricard on October 21, 2021

This post is an excerpt from Matthieu Ricard's new book, Carnets d’un moine errant [Diaries of Wandering Monk]. The crucial difference between empathy and compassion Of the various research projects I have been involved in, the one led by Tania Singer is among those that have opened me the most to new perspectives on mental states. It sho...

What is the impact of meditation on aging of the brain ?

By Matthieu Ricard on September 08, 2021

Can we act upon aging of the brain and fight against cognitive decline the same way we can act upon aging on the body itself ? Over the last decades, scientific studies have looked into the consequences of mind-training practices – meditation – on both body and spirit. Thanks to a number of studies, we know that the practice of meditation...