Sacred Dances, by Matthieu Ricard - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on August 25, 2015

During the public rehearsal of an annual festival of sacred dances at Shechen Monastery in Nepal, the dancers do not wear masks or costumes but add multicolored scarves to their monastic dress. Here, they practice the dance of one of the Eight manifestation of Guru Padmasambhava, Senge Drakdrok (Lion’s roar). 29 March 2015

Sacred Dances, by Matthieu Ricard - 1

By Matthieu Ricard on August 19, 2015

During the public rehearsal of an annual festival of sacred dances at Shechen Monastery in Nepal, the dancers do not wear masks or costumes but add multicolored scarves to their monastic dress. Here, they practice a dance in honor of sixteen spiritual ‘heroes’ called gings in the monastery courtyard. 29 March 2015. Ceremony of Lama Sang...

We are all humans, Greeks, Europeans...

By Matthieu Ricard on July 30, 2015

Today, I would like to give our friend Ilios Kotsou the opportunity to draw attention to an often neglected aspect of the suffering endured by the Greek people, caused by the malfeasance of a few of their leaders and of global financial institutions. A documentary* by French “Le Monde” journalist Marc Roche, released on the French channel Arte,...

Mount Everest, by Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard on July 22, 2015

Mount Everest (29,028 ft), the highest mountain in the world, on the right Lhotse (27.939 ft), Nuptse (25,791 ft) and other peaks. By helicopter, April 8, 2015. Nepal

A license to kill? Six millions lives at stakes every year

By Matthieu Ricard on July 15, 2015

If Philip Morris wins its case against Uruguay forcing them to scrap its laws aimed at safeguarding public health, smoking bans in other countries will also be threatened, and this will give the company a license to kill. A ruling is expected soon from the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a branch of the Wo...

Born to Be Good

By Matthieu Ricard on July 07, 2015

I have been very inspired by the research done over the recent years demonstrating that even as infants we are wired to be cooperative and helpful. At the Max Planck Institute of Leipzig, Michael Tomasello and Felix Warneken have established that children, from the age of one who are just beginning to learn to walk and speak - spontaneously ...

An Ecology of Well-Being

By Matthieu Ricard on June 25, 2015

We place great emphasis on the environment in terms of natural wealth, and the importance of its preservation for the future of the biosphere. But we must also highlight the fact that the presence of a healthy natural environment has a remarkable effect on our subjective well-being. In his book An Ecology of Happiness, Éric Lambin, professor...

Children Don't Climb Trees Anymore

By Matthieu Ricard on June 17, 2015

Recently I was in eastern France and had a chance to walk in the countryside. A friend who had accompanied me said: “Once upon a time, during cherry season, we would all be up in the trees filling our boots and arms with cherries. Nowadays the cherries stay on the branches. The children don’t climb trees anymore.” In fact, several studies hav...

Nepal earthquakes: Karuna-Shechen's action - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on June 11, 2015

With our network of partners, since the first quake in Nepal, Karuna-Shechen has helped 140,135 people in 379 villages, bringing essential medical, food and relief aid to the most vulnerable populations. We have also put in place a special program for pregnant women and new mothers. On top of their normal food rations, they receive iron, cal...

Choyu, by Matthieu Ricard - 2

By Matthieu Ricard on June 03, 2015

The glacier that comes down in fronf of Choyu, or Cho Oyu, (8,201 metres, 26,906 ft), the sixth highest mountain in the world, located on the Tibet-Nepal border, 20 km west of Mount Everest. “Choyu” comes from the Tibetan name Jowo Yu (jo bo g.yu), "Turquoise Lord”. A few kilometres west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La (5,716m/18,753 ft), a pass tha...