Matthieu Ricard in France

    On the Path to Enlightenment: Heart Advice from the Great Tibetan Masters   Matthieu Ricard’s new book, a selected anthology of some of the most profound and inspiring Buddhist teachings gathered by Matthieu over the course of his life, is now available. It can be purchased online here. All of Matthieu’s profits from […]

7 billion of us

KarmaTube is a project of ServiceSpace, an all- volunteer run non-profit organization. Their aim is to enable individuals to contribute in meaningful ways to the world around them. Together, they hope to “be the change we wish to see in the world”.   This week they have shared a video about all of us. We […]


KindSpring was founded in the summer of 2003 with the idea of playing  kindness pranks on each other instead of mean jokes. What if people left an anonymous calling card behind inviting the recipient to pay-it-forward and keep the spirit going? Within one month the first set of Smile Cards had been printed and were […]

Small Money, BIG CHANGE!

Recognizing that the communities we serve are the experts on their own needs, small money, BIG CHANGE is a development program that empowers local communities to be active participants at the center of all local development decisions and solutions. This approach, used in all of our village outreach programs in India, is founded in the […]

Save water

According to the Guardian, it takes 100 litres of water to produce a cup of coffee. And that’s before any water has actually been added to your coffee. We probably drank about 20 billion cups of coffee last year in the UK. And – irony of ironies – it takes something like four litres of water […]

The present moment

Come to a halt for a minute. Now. Yes, you can. Close your eyes. Appreciate the present moment. People tend to regret the past, to say “I should rather have acted in a different way…” People are also good at projecting themselves in the future “When I have more money… When I retire… When I […]

Advocacy for altruism

Advocacy for Altruism, the Strength of Kindness is the new book by Matthieu Ricard.   Matthieu will be making several appearances in France to support the occasion of its official release on September 19th 2013. He will be presenting in Lyon on September 20th, Chalon sur Saône on September 21st, Brantôme on September 22nd, Cannes […]

Conference on happiness

  A conference on happiness, adversity, the joy and challenge of life will be held in Brussels, Belgium from September 27-28, 2013.   Guest speakers, including Karuna-Shechen’s co-founder and president, Matthieu Ricard, Anne-Dauphine Julliand, Magda Hollander-Lafon, Michel Lacroix, Patrice Gourrier et Christophe André, will share their thoughts and reflections on how positivity can suprise us […]

Pay it Forward

In this film by Mimi Leder, one school assignment is about to have unprecedented positive consequences: think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor, the kid and heroin of the movie, conjures the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward–repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new […]