Wilber Rideau: Spared to Do Good

By Matthieu Ricard on November 05, 2011

The New York Times called Wilbert Rideau the ‟Most Rehabilited Man in the America”. He was born into poverty and raised in Louisiana in a heavily racist environment. He was abandoned by his brutal father and his mother worked as a maid and later had to go on welfare. In 1961, when he was 19, Wilbert robbed a bank, hoping to steal enough m...

The Danger of Crossing ‟Ecological Planetary Boundaries”

By Matthieu Ricard on October 28, 2011

The Mind and Life XXIII meeting on ‟Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence” recently took place in Dharamsala, India, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a host of eminent scientists and thinkers. (These meetings can be seen on Youtube, or on www.dalailama.com, and www.mindandlife.org) Professor Diana Liverman from the University of Arizon...

Bhutan, Champion of Environmental Preservation

By Matthieu Ricard on October 23, 2011

Prior to attending the Mind and Life XXIII conference on Ecology, Ethics and Interdependence (which can be viewed on www.dalailama.com, or on Youtube) in India, neuroscientist Richard Davidson, his wife, Dr. Susan Davidson, Jonathan Patz (a leading author of the report prepared by the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change, IPCC...

Parinirvana of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche

By Matthieu Ricard on October 21, 2011

Yesterday, from 4 am till late in the date, almost 50,000 people filed passed the body-relic (Kudung) of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, in Nepal, to pay hommage to the late MasterKudung of Kyabje Trulshik RinpocheSitapala Hill and Monastery Nepalese devoteesCeremony

Meeting with Jean Vanier - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on October 21, 2011

Matthieu: Some people speak of ‟compassion fatigue”, or ‟burn-out”. But do you think that love, kindheartedness, compassion can really become strained? Jean Vanier: When I meet someone with a heavy disability, who looks at me with such tenderness, this shakes things up. A ‟burn-out” comes when we are too busy and do not spend enough time ...

Ceremonies of the 49th day in honor of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche

By Matthieu Ricard on October 19, 2011

The ceremonies and offerings marking the 49th day of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche's passing away will be held in an elaborate way on 20th and 21st of October, at Sitapala in Nepal and in many other places in the world. In Nepal, many teachers and disciples have gathered for this occasion. Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche, Sh...

Jean Vanier founder of L'Arche

By Matthieu Ricard on October 17, 2011

For many years, I had hoped to have the chance to meet with Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche. The opportunity finally presented itself at the MEDEF Summer University, which gathers not only business leaders, but also social entrepreneurs and big-hearted individuals who seek to be of service to others. It was during a round table whose them...

Flying over the Himalayas

By Matthieu Ricard on October 14, 2011

In flight from Bhutan to Delhi, on October 14th, the Everest (8848m) in the middle and the Makalu (8463 m) on the right The Annapurna range

108 Smiles-1

By Matthieu Ricard on October 05, 2011

‟A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” From ‟108 Smiles”, a photo book recently published in French under the name ‟108 sourires” at Editions La Martinière