Altruism As the Ariadne Thread of a More Humane Economy

By Matthieu Ricard on May 19, 2020

In this current era, we are confronted with many challenges. One of our main problems consists of reconciling the demands of the economy, the search for happiness, and respect for the environment. These imperatives correspond to three-time scales— short, middle, and long term— on which three types of interests are superimposed: ours, the int...

Mindful Presence

By Matthieu Ricard on April 28, 2020

Very often, our mind is carried away by a multitude of thought sequences where ruminations of the past are mixed with projections into the future. We are distracted, scattered, confused and, as a result, disconnected from the most immediate and closest reality. We barely perceive what is happening at the moment: the world around us, our sens...

Two Inspiring Quotes Transcribed By Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard on April 14, 2020

[…] if one were to summarize the Buddha's teaching in one word, we would have to say that it is universal interdependence, of which nonviolence is a natural consequence. Since we are all dependent on each other and all other beings want to be happy and not suffer, just as I do, my personal happiness and suffering are inextricably linked with...

Three Inspiring Quotes Transcribed By Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard on March 31, 2020

To feel responsible for our loved ones is commendable, but we have the ability to open our mind and accept the responsibility for infinite beings. Why limit our deep sense of tenderness to a few people, when we can extend it to all beings? Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche The underlying sense of uneasiness that we have now is actually a good thin...

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...