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Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World

Altruism, Matthieu Ricard’s new masterwork, presents a global vision based on decades of personal experience and insight,
a road map for the 21st century. This English translation of his best-selling book will be available in late May-early June.

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Sacred Dances, by Matthieu Ricard - 2



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

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Little boy and girl from Gemang school (Eastern Tibet, 2003)

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The mind is malleable: it is capable of change. So we need to learn to see how we can transform it. We need to identify the ways to achieve that transformation and put them into action. Samsara, the circle of existences, and nirvana, the state beyond it, are not like geographical locations far from one another. They are two states of mind. Samsara is a deviation from knowledge, a distorted vision of reality that makes the mind the slave of negative emotions, while nirvana is a state of inner freedom, free of any conceptual and emotional obstacles.
Oral Teachings given in Schvenedingen Germany, 1998.
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