Archive for 2014
Eastern Tibet by Matthieu RicardBy Matthieu Ricard on October 12, 2014
Eastern Tibet seen from the air A monk under a canopy of prayer flags
Toward a Meaningful ConversionBy Matthieu Ricard on October 06, 2014
During a speech given at the United Nations some years ago, the respected meditation teacher S.N. Goenka, who passed away in 2013, declared ‟Religion is religion only when it unites; religion is no more religion when it divides.” He also spoke about the meaning of the word ‟conversion” or change: ‟So much has been said about conversion: against...
The virtues of humility - 2By Matthieu Ricard on September 29, 2014
A humble person has nothing to lose or to gain. If he is praised, he thinks it's for what he has been able to accomplish, not for himself as an individual. If he is criticized, he thinks that bringing his faults out into the open is the best service anyone could do him. ‟Few are sufficiently wise to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise...
Amdo landscapes by Matthieu RicardBy Matthieu Ricard on September 21, 2014
Amdo (Eastern Tibet) landscapes from above
Tibet through the lens of Matthieu RicardBy Matthieu Ricard on September 16, 2014
A Tibetan monk High pastures, Eastern Tibet
« Moving Toward Global Compassion », a new book by Paul EkmanBy Matthieu Ricard on September 08, 2014
Renowned psychologist and emotions specialist Paul Ekman opens his recent book Moving Toward Global Compassion* with these words : « It would be a different world, a desirable world, if all of us felt global compassion : concerned about the suffering of all people, not just those in our family, not just those with whom we are familiar, not just...
The Virtues of Humility - 1By Matthieu Ricard on September 01, 2014
Humility is sometimes scorned, regarded as a weakness. The writer Ayn Rand proclaims, ‟Discard the protective rags of that vice which you called a virtue: humility.”* Pride, however, the narcissistic exaggeration of the self, closes the door to all personal progress, since in order to learn, you must first think that you don't know. Humility ...
Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche by Matthieu Ricard - 2By Matthieu Ricard on August 25, 2014
Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche performing a fire ceremony during a visit to the UK at the invitation of the Nepalese Buddhist community (Photos by Matthieu Ricard)
From hunter-gatherers to modern society and the work place : some thoughts from the respected psychologist Mihaly CsíkszentmihályiBy Matthieu Ricard on August 17, 2014
Recently during the ‟Happiness and its Causes” conference in Australia, I had the opportunity to spend a few days with the respected psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi. Mihaly is best known as the architect of the notion of flow and for his years of research and writings on the topic. I took some notes during a workshop with him on the ‟What ...
Two rivers meet by Matthieu RicardBy Matthieu Ricard on August 11, 2014
Confluence of the Paro and Thimphu rivers, Bhutan