Archive for 2013

Teachings on compassion, par Shabkar Tsok Druk Rangdrol (1781-1851)

By Matthieu Ricard on May 20, 2013

Now I have some heart-advice to give you: a sky needs a sun, a mother needs a child, and a bird needs two wings. Likewise, emptiness alone is not enough. You need to have great compassion for all beings who have not realized this emptiness ? enemies, friends, and strangers. You need to have compassion that makes no distinctions between good and...

Teachings on compassion by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991)

By Matthieu Ricard on May 13, 2013

When we think of all the innumerable beings who have been wandering helplessly for so long in samsara, like blind people who have lost their way, we cannot but feel tremendous compassion for them. Compassion by itself, however, is not enough; they need actual help. But as long as our minds are still limited by attachment, just giving them fo...

More guns, less crime ? The world upside down.

By Matthieu Ricard on April 03, 2013

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said this as his response to the massacre of children at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Connecticut : ‟The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” According to Jim Wallis, an evangelical Christian who dedicate himself and his organ...

Spirituality and Life Philosophy 3

By Matthieu Ricard on March 28, 2013

During the conference on ‟Change Yourself, Change the World”, organized by Emergences in Brussels last September, Pierre Rabhi, a French thinker and pioneer in organic farming, and Matthieu Ricard discussed their views on life. Here is a selection of their answers to questions from this dialogue. You can find photos of these talks in a docum...

Spirituality and Life Philosophy 2

By Matthieu Ricard on March 19, 2013

During the conference on ‟Change Yourself, Change the World”, organized by Emergences in Brussels last September, Pierre Rabhi, a French thinker and pioneer in organic farming, and Matthieu Ricard discussed their views on life. Here is a selection of their answers to questions from this dialogue. You can find photos of these talks in a docum...

Spirituality and Life Philosophy 1

By Matthieu Ricard on March 10, 2013

During the conference on ‟Change Yourself, Change the World”, organized by Emergences in Brussels last September, Pierre Rabhi, a French thinker and pioneer in organic farming, and Matthieu Ricard discussed their views on life. Here is a selection of their answers to questions from this dialogue. You can find photos of these talks in a docu...

Fazel Abed and BRAC's extraordinary accomplishments

By Matthieu Ricard on February 20, 2013

I first met Fazel Abed in Vancouver during a Nobel Laureate Peace Conference with His Holiness the Dalai Lama that I was attending. I had no idea who he was. When he asked me what I did, I answered that I had founded a humanitarian organization that had built around 30 schools and 15 clinics. Without the least affectation, he replied ‟I have ...

Words of Alexandre Jollien — 3

By Matthieu Ricard on February 14, 2013

On violence in the media: ‟It is a trivialization of evil which suggests that what is sensational is to takeover the other. However, what is truly sensational is ordinary day to day heroism — a smile given every day to the old lady who is our neighbor, giving a hand to someone. We must rehabilitate gratuitous acts.” On the exploitatio...

Words of Alexandre Jollien - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on February 10, 2013

Can one change: ‟Real change has to be led by example. Nowadays, society makes the success a purely individualistic matter.” On the crystallization of the self: ‟This is a phenomenon of protection. While believing that one is protecting oneself, we create a prison that ends up feeling very stuffy.” On cooperation: ‟We must show th...