Women for Positive Change

Drouk-kar Tsho, our little “Karuna Girl,” turns 20 this year. I first met her in 2005 when she was five years old, while I was visiting a clinic our organization Karuna-Shechen supports in Eastern Tibet. I walked into a dark kitchen, and standing near the hearth was a little girl with a face so pure,… Read more »

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Action Alone Does Not Define Altruism

The blog below is an excerpt from Matthieu Ricard’s book Altruism. If you wish to know more about it, please follow the following link: https://www.matthieuricard.org/en/books In her book entitled The Heart of Altruism, Kristen Monroe, professor of political science and philosophy at the University of Irvine at California, suggests we reserve the term “altruism” for… Read more »

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What Mental State Leads to Altruism ?

The blog below is an excerpt from Matthieu Ricard’s book Altruism. If you wish  to know more about it, please follow the following link: https://www.matthieuricard.org/en/books Among the eight types of empathy listed by Daniel Batson, only empathic concern was necessary and sufficient to engender an altruistic motivation. What about the categories outlined by Tania Singer… Read more »

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About patience

True patience isn’t a sign of weakness, but of courage. It certainly doesn’t mean to let everything happen passively. Patience gives you the capacity to act correctly without being blinded by hatred and a thirst for revenge, which deprive you of any capacity for judgment. As the Dalai Lama often says, true tolerance isn’t a… Read more »

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Abandonment

It is good to abandon what is superfluous, futile, and useless as quickly as possible and not cling to these from force of habit. If I go hiking in the mountain, and midway I find that my backpack is half-filled with provisions and half-filled with stones, I would, of course, gladly get rid of the… Read more »

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No Identification With Our Suffering

We usually identify completely with our suffering and become one with it. Yet, even when they torment us the most, we are not our suffering in the same way that we are not the sickness when afflicted by some ailment. To achieve fulfilment in this life, it is most important to understand that suffering is… Read more »

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Ecological Footprint

The blog below is an extract from Matthieu Ricard’s book Altruism. If you would like to deepen your reading experience, we invite you to have a look at the entire book, which you can get from there: https://www.matthieuricard.org/en/books. The way of life of this individualist minority—often the most rich—is such that its ecological footprint is… Read more »

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The Environmental Challenge at the Heart of the Himalaya

The ecological crisis that we have unleashed is the great challenge of the twenty-first century. It is vital to act with determination and discernment to implement solutions, both at the government level, following scientists’ recommendations, through our own actions in our everyday lives, and in support of those who are most impacted by the effects… Read more »

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Protecting Children from Violence is Their Fundamental Right

Some countries argue that the Declaration of Human Rights does not apply to their culture or political system. Fortunately, France is not one of them, and was in fact one of the first signatories of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The UN committee, which ensures that these fundamental rights are… Read more »

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About Creativity

The Process of Creativity In order for creativity to develop, the mind needs to be free from the automatic and habitual thinking that runs around in circles. It should remain in a state of openness, lucidity, flexibility, clarity, and wisdom. This will allow it to stop superimposing its own projections on to reality. A new… Read more »

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