Archive for 2010

Banning Bullfights: Taking One Step toward Civilization

By Matthieu Ricard on August 05, 2010

In voting to ban bullfights, Catalan Parliamentarians have launched a national debate in Spain. Those who support bullfights put forward two arguments: bullfighting is a cultural tradition as well as an art. However, to kill is not an art, and torture is not culture. Let us consider this by going through the stages involved in bullfighting. ...

Inner Freedom - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on August 02, 2010

‟Our inner freedom knows no limits other than those we impose on it or allow to be imposed on it. And that freedom also holds great power. It can transform an individual, allow him to nurture all his capacities and to live every moment of his life in utter fulfillment. When individuals change by bringing their consciousness to maturity, the w...

Inner Freedom - 1

By Matthieu Ricard on July 25, 2010

To be free is to be master of oneself. For many people, such mastery involves freedom of action, movement and opinion, the opportunity to achieve the goals they have set themselves. This conviction locates freedom primarily outside oneself and overlooks the tyranny of thoughts. Indeed, it is a commonplace in the West that freedom means being ...

True potential

By Matthieu Ricard on June 28, 2010

Every being has the potential for perfection, just as every sesame seed is permeated with oil. Ignorance, in this context, means being unaware of that potential, like the beggar who is unaware of the treasure buried beneath his shack. Actualizing our true nature, coming into possession of that hidden wealth, allows us to live a life full...

True novelty

By Matthieu Ricard on June 21, 2010

If you're always looking for novelty, you're often depriving yourself of the most essential truths. The antidote to suffering and to the belief in a self consists of going to the very source of your thoughts and recognizing the ultimate nature of the mind. How could such a truth ever grow old? What novelty could ‟outmode” a teaching that lays...

Wonder and Sorrow

By Matthieu Ricard on June 08, 2010

For years ornithologists were intrigued by the fact that bar-tailed godwits (a species of waders, in the family of birds who live principally near water, but who cannot land on or dive in water to fish) became so fat before their winter migration. ‟They looked like flying softballs,” noted the researcher Robert Gill. Indeed, they had to travel ...