Girls, not brides

By Matthieu Ricard on May 06, 2012

A few month ago, a heard, Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaking about his passionate campaign against the marriage of girls in childhood or just after puberty, still widespread in Africa and Asia (Every day, 25,000 girls are married too young, without any freedom of choice). In general, a married teenager quits school if, by chance, she atten...

The disproportionate fear of terrorism

By Matthieu Ricard on May 02, 2012

Despite the enormous media coverage of terrorist acts, according to the largest database available, the number of terrorism deaths is very small compared with other causes of violent death. According to the Global Terrorism Database, since the attack of September 11, terrorism has killed 30 U.S. citizens, which is 3 per year as against 18,000...

First International Symposia for Contemplative Research

By Matthieu Ricard on April 27, 2012

From April 26 to 29, In Denver, Colorado is being held the first International Symposia for Contemplative Science Research, which brings together more than seven hundred participants —psychologists, clinicians, neuroscientists, philosophers and contemplatives of different traditions, mainly Buddhists and Christians. Plenary session prese...

Magic moments-8

By Matthieu Ricard on April 18, 2012

MR 913. Even in August, the path around the sacred mountains of the Amnye Machen range in the Golok province in eastern Tibet remains covered in snow.

Magic moments-7

By Matthieu Ricard on April 12, 2012

MR 1076. Tibetan monks in clouds of sweet smoke from branches of burning juniper lit to greet a great Tibetan master, who will arrive soon at the monastery.

UN High Level Meeting on Wellbeing and Happiness : Defining and New Economic Paradigm

By Matthieu Ricard on April 06, 2012

In 19 July last year, 68 countries joined the Kingdom of Bhutan in co-sponsoring a resolution entitled ‟Happiness: Towards a holistic approach to development,” which was adopted by consensus by the 193-member UN General Assembly. In follow up to the resolution, the Government of Bhutan has convened a high level meeting on 2nd April 2012 at th...

Magic moments-6

By Matthieu Ricard on March 31, 2012

MR 1180 Riders from Dzongsar Valley in Eastern Tibet who have come to greet a great lama returning to visit them.

Our happiness depends on that of others

By Matthieu Ricard on March 26, 2012

Among all the clumsy, blind and extreme ways we go about building happiness, one of the most sterile is egocentrism. ‟When selfish happiness is the only goal in life, life soon becomes goalless,” wrote Romain Rolland. Even if we display every outward sign of happiness, we can never be truly happy if we dissociate ourselves from the happiness...

About Gross National Happiness and Gross National Product — 5 (end)

By Matthieu Ricard on March 21, 2012

Excerpts from a statement from the Prime Minister of Bhutan, H.E. Jigmi Y. Thinley, in preparation to the 2nd of April debate on GNH at the United Nations, to which I shall participate Some will undoubtedly ask: Why is all this number crunching necessary? And others might also ask — aren't our GNH indicators enough? Well first, the new me...

About Gross National Happiness and Gross National Product — 4 (continued)

By Matthieu Ricard on March 17, 2012

Excerpts from a statement from the Prime Minister of Bhutan, H.E. Jigmi Y. Thinley, in preparation to the 2nd of April debate on GNH at the United Nations, to which I shall participate Drs. Kubiszewski and Costanza have worked hard to give us the first ever estimate of the economic value of Bhutan's natural capital, which provides Nu 760 ...