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...

Appreciating our common humanity

By Matthieu Ricard on July 02, 2021

It is important to become aware of the interdependence of all beings and the world around us. To help them strengthen the feeling of being connected to the world and to all beings, psychologist and therapist, Paul Gilbert, a specialist in self-compassion and compassion, offers his patients visualizations like this one: "I invite you to ima...

A more altruistic world through female leadership?

By Matthieu Ricard on March 03, 2021

A Hiroshima survivor declared a few years back that every country should be governed by a woman with young children. Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's prime minister who gave birth to her first child during her initial mandate and showed great altruism in her handling of the Auckland attacks and the Covid-19 pandemic, is a wonderful example of h...

An Altruistic Organization of Work ? From the mechanical model to the organic model.

By Matthieu Ricard on February 17, 2021

As the world is becoming more and more complex and uncertain, many people share the feeling that our system is unsuited to our aspirations, whether individual or collective. If the health context has accentuated this intuition of breathlessness in our structures and lifestyles, it has also revealed the importance of the human link and our in...

Freedom for all of us

By Matthieu Ricard on November 09, 2020

Three luminary teachers unfold a compelling series of dialogues on inner freedom—what it is and how to cultivate it in ourselves and others. “We are, nearly all of us,” writes Matthieu Ricard, “the playthings of our whims, our conditioning, our impulses, our inner conflicts, our wandering thoughts, and our afflictive emotions. This servi...

Altruistic education for a more altruistic world

By Matthieu Ricard on August 25, 2020

In this back-to-school week, I would like to share with you some thoughts on the issue of altruistic education. This could be seen as an education that is not limited to intellectual development, but also includes the education of basic human qualities. Indeed, many schools have explored different ways of exploiting it. In 2012, the Dalai ...

The Covid 19 Emergency Programme in Karuna-Shechen

By Matthieu Ricard on June 24, 2020

A New India/Nepal Emergency Programme in this Covid-19 Crisis. Support Them, Make a Donation! The people of India and Nepal are currently going through an extremely trying time. The health, economic and social crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are particularly severe for several reasons. In India in particular, the economic downtu...

Vegetable meat : A Good Alternative For Everyone ?

By Matthieu Ricard on June 05, 2020

This blog post is largely based on the article by Damian Carrington, the Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian's Environment column, published on 12 June 2019. Meat of animal origin: a product which is contrary to the respect of animals and disastrous for the environment A.T. Kearney Bureau for Strategic Foresight, located in Chicago, rece...