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“If you see the humanity in the world, grains of sand that bring everything to a halt — it’s corruption, clashes of egos, human factors more than resources. So, how to avoid that? There’s a lack of human maturity. So it’s not a vain or futile exercise to perfect yourself to some extent before you serve others, otherwise it’s like cutting the wheat when it’s still green. And nobody is fed by that. So we need a minimum of readiness to efficiently and wisely be at the service of others. So compassion needs also to be sort of enlightened by wisdom. Otherwise, it’s blind.”
― Matthieu Ricard

After training in biochemistry at the Institute Pasteur, Matthieu Ricard left science behind to move to the Himalayas 35 years ago to become a Buddhist monk — and to pursue happiness, both at a basic human level and as a subject of inquiry. Achieving happiness, he has come to believe, requires the same kind of effort and mind training that any other serious pursuit involves.

He is a bestselling author, translator and photographer, and an active participant in current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. He lives and works on humanitarian projects in Tibet and Nepal.

Learn more about Matthieu by visiting his website.


Watch Below: What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

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