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A series of practical instructions on wisdom, compassion and mindfulness shared by Matthieu Ricard.  

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The Moral Obligation to Treat All Beings with Compassion. An Interview with Matthieu Ricard, by Garrison Institute.

By Matthieu Ricard on December 29, 2016

In his most recent book, A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard makes a case for ending our exploitation of non-human animals. If we stopped eating animal products, he says, we could start to alleviate global hunger, significantly reduce ou...

Why I am a Vegetarian

By Matthieu Ricard on October 17, 2016

“It just takes just one second to decide to stop. The main reason not to eat meat and fish is to spare others' life. This is not an extreme perspective. This is a most reasonable and compassionate point of view.” My first Buddhist teacher, Kangyur Rinpoche, was a very strict vegetarian. I was inspired by him and also by a deep inner reasonin...

A Plea for the Animals: Dolphins Are Not Toys

By Matthieu Ricard on September 14, 2016

The dolphinarium industry is a perfect example of institutionalized selfishness. Money is the driving force that creates and runs them. Their educational, recreational, and environmental facades are covers for the merciless enslavement of species gifted with rare intelligence and who enjoy a rich and complex social life. In the people who run...

This week

Smile of the week


Wandering monk, hermit and scholar, with Rabjam Rinpoche, abbot of Shechen monastery (Tibet, 2002)

Thought of the week

When comes the time to carry
The load of life through death's door,
One can take neither relatives, friends,
Servants, nor possessions.
Attached mind is instinctual mind:
Abandon attachment.

SEVENTH DALAI LAMA, KELSANG GYATSO (1708-1757) Seventh Dalai Lama Kelsang Gyatso (skal bzang rgya mtsho, 1708-1757), Meditations to Transform the Mind, edited and translated by Glenn H. Mullin, Snow Lion 1999.


World's Happiest Man is Vegan

Published on October 27, 2016

Matthieu Ricard's brain was determined to be neurologically "happier" after a 12-year medical study at the University of Wisconsin.

Right now in Karuna-Shechen

India – Physiotherapy for Those in Need

Published on February 15, 2017

Two months ago, after he became partially paralyzed from a second stroke, walking was a challenge for 60-year-old Hari. He had to rely on family members to perform even the simplest tasks. Physiothera...