Socially Engaged Buddhism

By Matthieu Ricard on August 24, 2010

On August 9 in Massachusetts, I had the opportunity to participate in the first ‟symposium on socially engaged Buddhism,” organized by Bernie Glassman, where I spoke on the subject of ‟compassion in action.” Bernie is a remarkably warmhearted man, gifted with indefatigable diligence to serve those most in need. In the 1990s he founded ‟Z...

Change can come at any age

By Matthieu Ricard on August 21, 2010

The Dalai Lama often describes Buddhism as being, above all, a science of the mind. That is not surprising, because the Buddhist texts put particular emphasis on the fact that all spiritual practices—mental, physical and oral—are directly or indirectly intended to transform the mind. Nevertheless, as the meditation master Mingyur Rinpoche wri...

Saving the lives of a thousand lobsters and two thousand yaks

By Matthieu Ricard on August 14, 2010

A few days ago, in Portland in the USA, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, a 17 year old Tibetan lama whom I am accompanying in his travels, put back to the sea over one thousand lobsters who were destined to be boiled alive and eaten by gourmets. In June, the same lama, while visiting eastern Tibet, similarly saved over 2000 yaks from being s...

Banning Bullfights: Taking One Step toward Civilization

By Matthieu Ricard on August 05, 2010

In voting to ban bullfights, Catalan Parliamentarians have launched a national debate in Spain. Those who support bullfights put forward two arguments: bullfighting is a cultural tradition as well as an art. However, to kill is not an art, and torture is not culture. Let us consider this by going through the stages involved in bullfighting. ...

Inner Freedom - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on August 02, 2010

‟Our inner freedom knows no limits other than those we impose on it or allow to be imposed on it. And that freedom also holds great power. It can transform an individual, allow him to nurture all his capacities and to live every moment of his life in utter fulfillment. When individuals change by bringing their consciousness to maturity, the w...

Inner Freedom - 1

By Matthieu Ricard on July 25, 2010

To be free is to be master of oneself. For many people, such mastery involves freedom of action, movement and opinion, the opportunity to achieve the goals they have set themselves. This conviction locates freedom primarily outside oneself and overlooks the tyranny of thoughts. Indeed, it is a commonplace in the West that freedom means being ...