The Land of the Free…

Americans pride ourselves as living in “The land of the free and the home of the brave.” But are we really free? Many of us are slaves to our jobs and can’t really make end meet. Others are slaves to alcohol, drugs and food. But we all want peace and security. Meanwhile, the rich are […]

The Goal of Meditation

Many people think that the goal of meditation is to achieve a state called “enlightenment,” nirvana, the ultimate dimension, the other shore, or God. In actuality, many of the states are not achievable when we are caught in our thoughts, feelings, emotions, plans, dreams, fantasies, and memories. However, there is a state of well-being that […]

Meditation and the Science of Human Flourishing

Meditation and the Science of Human Flourishing was the name of a workshop which took place last Saturday, June 11, 2016 with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Dr. Richie Davidson at Stanford University sponsored by The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and Tergar, Rimpoche’s meditation community. Richie talked about how he was […]

The Search for Happiness

Matthieu Ricard has often been called “the happiest man in the world.” I tend to agree with this statement based on my limited encounters with the man through Tricycle, Buddhadharma, Shambhala Sun, and other articles; Ted Talks, Google Talks and other videos; audio recording and books. Whenever I see his name arise in an email […]

Thoughts on Climate Change by Matthieu Ricard

In this video, we learn about altruism and thoughts on climate change by Matthieu Ricard. The video is from a Ted Talk from last October that was posted recently. He says, It is all the more important to foster an altruistic motivation rather than a selfish one… We are now the major agent of impact […]

The Dalai Lama Learns Quantum Theory

This video was recorded during the fourteenth meeting of the Mind and Life Institute. In it, the Dalai Lama learns quantum theory. In this session, noted physicist, Anton Zeilinger, who had been with the Dalai Lama at previous Mind and Life conferences, updated His Holiness on the latest research since their prior meeting nine years before. […]

Wisdom and Compassion

Wisdom and compassion are the cornerstones of Buddha’s teachings. Wisdom includes the teaching of emptiness. Compassion includes the teaching of interbeing or interdependence and altruism based on the insight of interbeing. What do we mean by emptiness? When you say that something is empty, you must ask, “Empty of what?” Take that mug on the […]

Search Inside Yourself

Search Inside Yourself is a popular course at Google and it is also a book describing the course. It was written by Google’s “Jolly Good Fellow,” Chad-Meng Tan, usually called Meng. Meng is associated with The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and The course and the book take the ideas of […]

How to Train Compassion

This video, Raising Compassion, brings together a diverse group of neuroscientists, mental health professionals, and Buddhist monks in a remarkable exchange between science, art, and contemplative practice. In a series of informal conversations about compassion, initiated by neuroscientist Tania Singer and artist Olafur Eliasson, the protagonists discuss the public perception of compassion, talk about compassion-training […]

Matthieu Ricard On Happiness

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, photographer and a man of science. He got his Ph. D. in molecular genetics from the Pasteur Institute, and left science behind to practice meditation. He is also well known as the Dalai Lama’s translator for the French language. He has presented scientific and Buddhist thought at the […]