« Moving Toward Global Compassion », a new book by Paul Ekman

By 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 - 1

By 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 ...

From hunter-gatherers to modern society and the work place : some thoughts from the respected psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi

By 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 ...

On Forgiveness

By Matthieu Ricard on July 28, 2014

Forgiveness does not mean that we forgive the act perpetrated, but rather, that we forgive the imperfection that lies within most of us. It is also about recognizing the potential for change. With this view, even if the person does not regret his action and does not seem to be changing his attitude and behavior, forgiveness is still possible...

Sights of Bhutan, by Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard on July 23, 2014

The monumental dzong of Paro, Bhutan, was originally built in 1646, but it had to be restored on several occasions after it was damaged by fire and earthquakes. Bhutan, 2014. Primitive forest, during a pilgrimage to Chumbu (Chumophuk or Chimpu), a sacred place four-hour walk up from Paro valley, along the Doteng, between 8000 and 9300 f...

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche by Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard on July 16, 2014

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Yangsi (Orgyen Tendzin Jigme Lhundrup) se tientaux côtés de la statue en terre et en cire de son prédécesseur Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991), l’un des plus grands maîtres du bouddhisme tibétain. Paro Kyichu, Bhutan, April 2014. Buddhist monks and nuns, led by their abbot Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, perfo...