Archive for 2013

Trip to Tibet, June 2013 (2)

By Matthieu Ricard on July 23, 2013

Mountain flank covered with prayer flags, Eastern Tibet, June 2013 Gemang Monastery, Eastern Tibet, June 2013

Muhammad Yunus, on How NOT to reduce human beings to money making machines — 2

By Matthieu Ricard on July 15, 2013

Excerpts from a speech given by Muhammad Yunus at the Université de la Terre, UNESCO, April 27, 2013 ‟Two thirds of the population in Bangladesh has nothing to do with banks and is stuck in poverty. With empty hands, you can't start anything. Microcredit fills the gap left open by banks. In the beginning, the big financial authorities said th...

Muhammad Yunus, on How NOT to reduce human beings to money making machines — 1

By Matthieu Ricard on July 05, 2013

Excerpts from a speech given by Muhammad Yunus at the Université de la Terre, UNESCO, April 27, 2013 ‟Today's crisis is a man-made crisis, not a natural disaster like a tsunami. How did it come about? We've converted the financial market into a gambling casino. This market is now driven by greed and speculation, rather than by real production...

Photos from the mountains

By Matthieu Ricard on June 27, 2013

Tibetan monk in meditation at the Yilung Lhatso lake at an altitude of 12 800 feet Stupas in Eastern Tibet Two Tibetan monks contemplating the vastness of the high plateaus of Eastern Tibet

‟Bad World” Syndrome

By Matthieu Ricard on June 17, 2013

The media seems to play on the fascination that we seem to have with violent, malicious, and perverse actions. A criminal who commits a horrible crime will be discussed much more than a volunteer who helps the elderly. Perhaps this fascination arises because of the shock we feel by atrocities that deviate so much from our ordinary actions. Re...

A Visit to Barefoot College - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on June 10, 2013

It is 7pm in February 2013. In a little village in Rajasthan, we enter a small room in a house just bordering the village pond. The room is lit by two storm lamps, recharged during the day by solar panels. Approximately 30 girls ranging from 6 to14 years old, accompanied by 4 or 5 young boys are sitting against the walls on the earth-beaten gro...

A Visit to the Barefoot College in India — 1

By Matthieu Ricard on May 30, 2013

Last February, along with friends from our humanitarian association, Karuna-Shechen, I visited our friend Sanjit ‟Bunker” Roy at the Barefoot College he founded approximately 40 years ago. When he was 20 years old, Bunker, who was educated at one of the most prestigious colleges in India, was destined to have a successful career. His moth...