‟Bad World” Syndrome

By Matthieu Ricard on June 17, 2013

The media seems to play on the fascination that we seem to have with violent, malicious, and perverse actions. A criminal who commits a horrible crime will be discussed much more than a volunteer who helps the elderly. Perhaps this fascination arises because of the shock we feel by atrocities that deviate so much from our ordinary actions. Re...

A Visit to Barefoot College - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on June 10, 2013

It is 7pm in February 2013. In a little village in Rajasthan, we enter a small room in a house just bordering the village pond. The room is lit by two storm lamps, recharged during the day by solar panels. Approximately 30 girls ranging from 6 to14 years old, accompanied by 4 or 5 young boys are sitting against the walls on the earth-beaten gro...

A Visit to the Barefoot College in India — 1

By Matthieu Ricard on May 30, 2013

Last February, along with friends from our humanitarian association, Karuna-Shechen, I visited our friend Sanjit ‟Bunker” Roy at the Barefoot College he founded approximately 40 years ago. When he was 20 years old, Bunker, who was educated at one of the most prestigious colleges in India, was destined to have a successful career. His moth...

Teachings on compassion, par Shabkar Tsok Druk Rangdrol (1781-1851)

By Matthieu Ricard on May 20, 2013

Now I have some heart-advice to give you: a sky needs a sun, a mother needs a child, and a bird needs two wings. Likewise, emptiness alone is not enough. You need to have great compassion for all beings who have not realized this emptiness ? enemies, friends, and strangers. You need to have compassion that makes no distinctions between good and...

Teachings on compassion by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991)

By Matthieu Ricard on May 13, 2013

When we think of all the innumerable beings who have been wandering helplessly for so long in samsara, like blind people who have lost their way, we cannot but feel tremendous compassion for them. Compassion by itself, however, is not enough; they need actual help. But as long as our minds are still limited by attachment, just giving them fo...

More guns, less crime ? The world upside down.

By Matthieu Ricard on April 03, 2013

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said this as his response to the massacre of children at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Connecticut : ‟The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” According to Jim Wallis, an evangelical Christian who dedicate himself and his organ...

Spirituality and Life Philosophy 3

By Matthieu Ricard on March 28, 2013

During the conference on ‟Change Yourself, Change the World”, organized by Emergences in Brussels last September, Pierre Rabhi, a French thinker and pioneer in organic farming, and Matthieu Ricard discussed their views on life. Here is a selection of their answers to questions from this dialogue. You can find photos of these talks in a docum...

Spirituality and Life Philosophy 2

By Matthieu Ricard on March 19, 2013

During the conference on ‟Change Yourself, Change the World”, organized by Emergences in Brussels last September, Pierre Rabhi, a French thinker and pioneer in organic farming, and Matthieu Ricard discussed their views on life. Here is a selection of their answers to questions from this dialogue. You can find photos of these talks in a docum...

Spirituality and Life Philosophy 1

By Matthieu Ricard on March 10, 2013

During the conference on ‟Change Yourself, Change the World”, organized by Emergences in Brussels last September, Pierre Rabhi, a French thinker and pioneer in organic farming, and Matthieu Ricard discussed their views on life. Here is a selection of their answers to questions from this dialogue. You can find photos of these talks in a docu...