Experience the true meaning of sharing

By Matthieu Ricard on November 24, 2022

The holiday season is a time to celebrate the bonds that unite us with our loved ones and to demonstrate kindness.  These moment of sharing are essential and allow us to develop an altruistic state of mind, but they can often be conditioned by institutionalized over-consumption which diminishes the experience of true relationships, deple...

Taking care by cultivating our sense of wonder towards life

By Matthieu Ricard on October 14, 2022

In our current times, we are confronted with many short, medium, and long-term challenges and imperatives to which are superimposed three different types of interest – ours, those of our close ones, and those of all beings. One way to respond to these challenges could be to create a more cooperative and altruistic society, one which takes i...

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...