The need for altruism

This is an extract from Matthieu Ricard’s book Altruism, Little, Brown and Company editions

We need a unifying concept, an Ariadne thread that will allow us to find our way in this labyrinth of serious, complex preoccupations. Altruism is

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Changing oneself to better change the world

Excerpt from Se changer, changer le monde, (To change oneself, change the world) with Matthieu Ricard, Christophe André, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Pierre Rabhi, Éditions L’Iconoclaste.

Changing the world, in my view, boils down to transforming oneself to better serve others. …

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Hatred does not cease by hatred

Vanaresi, December 2010

« Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. »

Bouddha Shakyamouni

In the tragic days we are living through, it is important to emphasize that one can feel a deep …

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Imbuing Empathy with Compassion

By Matthieu Ricard on octobre 18th 2023

This text is an extract from Matthieu Ricard’s book Altruism, available here.

I was talking recently with a nurse; like most of her colleagues, she is constantly confronted with the sufferings and …

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Caring for the caregivers: Burnout, gratitude and compassion

Medical staff and social workers often find themselves in highly stressful and emotionally burdensome situations working long hours while dealing with difficult cases. So that they feel appreciated and supported, a show of gratitude – in thought, word and deed …

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“Why aren’t there any women in your group?”

Excerpt from Matthieu Ricard’s book, Altruism.

Despite progress still to be made, Western countries are evolving more toward respect and increased acknowledgment of the role of women in society. With a few rare exceptions, war is planned, decided upon, and …

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Experience the true meaning of sharing

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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

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Taking care by cultivating our sense of wonder towards life


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 …

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About the Film “Buddhism: The Law of Silence”.

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 …

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