A Plea for the Animals

Every cow just wants to be happy. Every chicken just wants to be free. Every bear, dog, or mouse experiences sorrow and feels pain as intensely as any of us humans do. In a compelling appeal to reason and human kindness, Matthieu Ricard here takes the arguments from his best-sellers Altruism and Happiness to their logical conclusion: that compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire. 

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Power and Care with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

By Matthieu Ricard on March 29, 2016

“One of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites, so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love,” said Martin Luther King. “We’ve got to get this thing right, ” he added, emphasizing that power without care, without love and compass...

Sacred Dances, by Matthieu Ricard - 3

By Matthieu Ricard on February 02, 2016

Inside the main temple, the monks are getting ready to come out in the courtyard of Shechen monastery, in Nepal, to engage in the Tsechu Festival of Sacred dances. (March 29th, 2015)

Altruism Meets Effective Altruism: Thoughts on Conversations with Peter Singer

By Matthieu Ricard on January 12, 2016

In October, I had the honor of participating in a public discussion at Princeton University with philosopher Peter Singer, Professor of Ethics and author of The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically (Yale University Press). “Effective altruism," writes Peter Singer, "is based on a very simple id...

This week

The smile of the week


Bhutanese little girl during the Trongsar annual festival of sacred dances in Bhutan (2007)

The thought of the week

I have shown you the methods
Leading to liberation,
But know that liberation
Only depends on yourself.

SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA (fifth century BC.) no reference


The Writings of Shabkar

Published on June 22, 2016

zhabs dkar tshogs drug rang grol (1781-1851) - A descriptive catalogue - Shechen Publications

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Humla: Eight Schools on the Roof of the World

Published on July 01, 2016

As many children all around the world are enjoying their summer vacation, high up in the mountains of Humla, the school year is in full swing. The school year begins at the end of March in this isolat...