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...

Meditation on altruistic love -1

By Matthieu Ricard on December 16, 2013

To cultivate altruistic love, we must first become fully aware of our own desire to be free from suffering and to experience well-being. This step is especially important for those who have a negative image of themselves or have suffered so much that they feel that they are not made for happiness. We must thus generate warm, tolerant and benevo...

A Meditation on Optimism

By Matthieu Ricard on December 08, 2013

Sit comfortably and breathe calmly and naturally. For a few moments, focus your attention on the going and coming of the breath. Be aware of the sensation created by the passage of air into the nostrils. Be aware of the short moment when the breath is briefly suspended between the expiration and the next inhalation. Whether your breath slows do...

The European Parliament to Vote on Deep-sea Trawling : support a ban and the Bloom Association

By Matthieu Ricard on December 02, 2013

On December 9th, the European Parliament votes on the legality of fishing in deep waters (‟deep-sea” or ‟bottom trawling”). The fragile and rich biodiversity of the sea bottom has taken tens of thousands of years to form. Today, we are brutally destroying it. Just imagine if the Notre Dame Cathedral was leveled by bulldozers! In fact, 10 deep-s...

Religion and Spirituality: Acknowledging Interdependence

By Matthieu Ricard on November 29, 2013

"Religion" comes from the Latin word religare which means to link, connect, or relate to. Thus, the view in each religion depends on what one is connecting with. In the case of theistic religions, one establishes a link with God, who is regarded as a creator or as infinite love. Therefore one should relate to all the beings he created with th...

Encouraging Cooperation

By Matthieu Ricard on November 18, 2013

‟Cooperation and partnership are the only routes that offer any hope for a better future for all humanity.” - Kofi Annan The French anthropologist Joel Candau wrote that ‟Our species is the only one where strong, fair, diverse, risky, extended, and sometimes costly cooperation is observed between unrelated individuals.” Mutual giving, sha...

The World Food Prize is Presented to Monsanto & Co: what a farce!

By Matthieu Ricard on November 04, 2013

On October 17, the” World Food Prize” was presented misleadingly as a ‟Nobel Prize for Food". It was given to the Vice President of Monsanto, and a founding member of the group Syngenta and Marc Van Montagu, a? Belgian part of a powerful European pro-GM lobby (European Federation of Biotechnology). This presentation is like giving the Nobel Pea...