The Illusion of the Self

By Matthieu Ricard on October 09, 2018

According to Buddhism, our view of the self as a singular, distinct, autonomous and lasting entity is at odds with reality and, therefore becomes a source of frustration and suffering. An exacerbated feeling of self-importance, self-cherishing, and self-centeredness are the basis for impulses of attraction and aversion, which quickly develop...

Can we deprive animals of the right to live ?

By Matthieu Ricard on September 25, 2018

Leonardo da Vinci wrote in his notebooks: “The time will come when people like me will think of the murder of an animal just as they think today of the murder of a man.” And George Bernard Shaw said, “Animals are my friends, and I don’t eat my friends.” It’s not a matter of denying that there are differences in intelligence between animals a...

The Inspirational Karuna Girl

By Matthieu Ricard on September 11, 2018

In 2005 we visited a remote area of Eastern Tibet to check on the progress of our Karuna-Shechen projects there and look for new ways in which to help. While visiting one of our small clinics, I happened to enter a dark kitchen with my camera. In a dark corner near the hearth, was a little girl whose smile and direct gaze, completely devoi...

Daring to Forgive

By Matthieu Ricard on August 14, 2018

Matthieu, Psychiatrist Christophe André, and Philosopher Alexandre Jollien share their thoughts on the mechanisms for Forgiveness. Excerpted from their new book In Search of Wisdom: A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most CHRISTOPHE A Question of Training • Training exercise: Every “I shouldn’t have” is with...

Our Advice for the Good Use of the Emotions

By Matthieu Ricard on August 01, 2018

Matthieu and two amazing friends and authors, Psychiatrist Christophe André and Philosopher Alexandre Jollien discuss their advice for how to deal with emotions. Excerpted from the new book, In Search of Wisdom. MATTHIEU • Sharpen your attention in order to become aware of negative emotions the very moment they arise. It is easier to p...

Pleasure and Happiness: The Great Mix-up (part 2)

By Matthieu Ricard on July 17, 2018

Kangyur Rinpoche. Photo by Matthieu Ricard For the ancient Greeks, the word eudaimonia conveyed the notion of accomplishment, of flourishing, of deep long-term fulfillment. While pleasure corresponds to hedonism, happiness corresponds to eudaimonia. Similarly, in Buddhism, the word soukha refers to an exceptionally healthy state of mi...

Pleasure and Happiness: The Great Mix-up (part 1)

By Matthieu Ricard on July 03, 2018

One of the most common errors we make is to confuse pleasure for happiness. According to a Hindu proverb: “Pleasure is only the shadow of happiness”. Pleasure is the direct result of hedonistic, pleasurable sensual, esthetic, or intellectual stimuli. This fleeting experience of pleasure is dependent upon circumstances, on a specific locati...

A Personal Daily Practice and Why?

By Matthieu Ricard on June 19, 2018

This is an excerpt from my book, In Search of Wisdom: A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most.* The book is a discussion between three close friends: myself, the philosopher Alexandre Jollien, and psychiatrist Christophe André. In this edited excerpt we share our views on the practicalities and importance of a daily p...

Letter to the Pope

By Matthieu Ricard on June 05, 2018

The following is a letter I wrote in Switzerland at the repeated request of Emmanuel Tagnard, a religious journalist from Radio Télévision Suisse, who collected for letters for the Pope from people at different stages of a journey he took by foot from Switzerland to Rome. It was part of a series of seventeen letters to the Pope that he colle...