Inner Freedom - 2By 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 - 1By 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 ...
A few recent glimpses from eastern Tibet-4By Matthieu Ricard on July 19, 2010
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A few recent glimpses from eastern Tibet-3By Matthieu Ricard on July 16, 2010
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A few recent glimpses from eastern Tibet-2By Matthieu Ricard on July 12, 2010
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A few recent glimpses from eastern Tibet-1By Matthieu Ricard on July 08, 2010
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True potentialBy Matthieu Ricard on June 28, 2010
Every being has the potential for perfection, just as every sesame seed is permeated with oil. Ignorance, in this context, means being unaware of that potential, like the beggar who is unaware of the treasure buried beneath his shack. Actualizing our true nature, coming into possession of that hidden wealth, allows us to live a life full...
True noveltyBy Matthieu Ricard on June 21, 2010
If you're always looking for novelty, you're often depriving yourself of the most essential truths. The antidote to suffering and to the belief in a self consists of going to the very source of your thoughts and recognizing the ultimate nature of the mind. How could such a truth ever grow old? What novelty could ‟outmode” a teaching that lays...
Wonder and SorrowBy Matthieu Ricard on June 08, 2010
For years ornithologists were intrigued by the fact that bar-tailed godwits (a species of waders, in the family of birds who live principally near water, but who cannot land on or dive in water to fish) became so fat before their winter migration. ‟They looked like flying softballs,” noted the researcher Robert Gill. Indeed, they had to travel ...
Magic momentsBy Matthieu Ricard on May 11, 2010
For the last ten years, I have been fortunate to spend a few months a year in a small hermitage in the Himalayas, in Nepal where I live. In the summer, during the rainy season, as well as during the cold winter mornings, mist occasionally forms in the valley below. There is also a monastery, lying atop another hill about 2 miles awa...