Let Us Experience Every Moment To The Fullest

By Matthieu Ricard on March 17, 2020

Dear friends, I wanted to send you my heartiest thoughts and humble prayers in these challenging times. I know that many of you are confused and afraid in the face of the epidemic that is affecting so many people around the world. We must take all necessary precautions for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for the entire community aroun...

Women for Positive Change

By Matthieu Ricard on March 02, 2020

Drouk-kar Tsho, our little “Karuna Girl,” turns 20 this year. I first met her in 2005 when she was five years old, while I was visiting a clinic our organization Karuna-Shechen supports in Eastern Tibet. I walked into a dark kitchen, and standing near the hearth was a little girl with a face so pure, her eyes at once laughing yet serious, wh...

Action Alone Does Not Define Altruism

By Matthieu Ricard on February 18, 2020

The blog below is an excerpt from Matthieu Ricard's book Altruism. If you wish to know more about it, please follow the following link: https://www.matthieuricard.org/en/books In her book entitled The Heart of Altruism, Kristen Monroe, professor of political science and philosophy at the University of Irvine at California, suggests we re...

What Mental State Leads to Altruism ?

By Matthieu Ricard on February 04, 2020

The blog below is an excerpt from Matthieu Ricard's book Altruism. If you wish  to know more about it, please follow the following link: https://www.matthieuricard.org/en/books Among the eight types of empathy listed by Daniel Batson, only empathic concern was necessary and sufficient to engender an altruistic motivation. What about the ...

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...