Archive for 2014

"Don't Forget to be Happy"

By Matthieu Ricard on February 10, 2014

In Don't Forget To Be Happy (just published in French under the title Et n'oubliez pas d'être heureux , Christophe André, gives us, once again, a treasure trove of inspiration and wisdom deeply rooted in the experience of daily life and authentic science. Christophe is careful not to promise us the moon — the Dalai Lama once said that one of ...

How to combine meditation on loving-kindness, compassion, joy and impartiality - 4

By Matthieu Ricard on January 22, 2014

If you meditation strays into biased attachement to only those who are dear to you, switch to the meditation on the impartiality, extending this love to all without discrimination, dear ones, strangers and enemies. If, instead of being concerned equally with all beings, impartiality strays into a vague indifference to all and ceases to be int...

Meditation on joy and impartiality - 3

By Matthieu Ricard on January 13, 2014

There are many beings in this world who possess immense qualities and benefit others in multiple ways. Let's sincerely rejoice in their accomplishments, and wish that their qualities may never decline but endure and grow. The capacity to celebrate the best qualities of others also acts as an antidote to envy and jealousy. The latter reflects an...

Meditation on compassion - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on January 05, 2014

Altruistic love turn into compassion when confronted with the suffering of others. Compassion is the wish that others may be free from suffering and its causes. For this to happen, we must be concerned about the fate of the other, be aware of their sufferings, wish that these be healed, and be ready to do whatever is possible to do so. To gen...