Category Archives: Matthieu Ricard

What is “renunciation”? // Matthieu Ricard

True renunciation is not a constrain but a freedom. It comes from the strong desire to end the frustration inevitably created by the ordinary preoccupations of life…. Renunciation essentially means simplifying one’s mind, one’s words, and one’s activities, by letting go of what obstructs inner freedom. Constraint creates frustration; renunciation produces a real sense of… Read More »

What is “Freedom”? — II // Matthieu Ricard

To be free is to be master of ourselves. It is not a matter of doing whatever comes into our heads, but rather of freeing ourselves from the constraints and afflictions, that dominate and obscure our minds. It is a matter of taking our life into our own hands rather than abandoning it to the… Read More »

What is “Freedom”? — I // Matthieu Ricard

“To be free is to be master of oneself. For many people, such mastery involves freedom of action, movement and opinion, the opportunity to achieve the goals they have set themselves. This conviction locates freedom primarily outside oneself and overlooks the tyranny of thoughts. Indeed, it is a commonplace….that freedom means being able to do… Read More »

“….we need to get rid of the illusion of believing that we have “our whole life ahead of us.” // Matthieu Ricard

“Every moment of our lives has tremendous value. Yet we let the time go by, like gold dust running through our fingers. What is sadder than coming to the end of one’s life empty-handed? We need to be aware that every second of our life is inestimably precious and have the intelligence to decide to… Read More »

“….the goal of life is a deep state of well-being and wisdom at all moments….” // Matthieu Ricard

“Living on a pendulum between hope and doubt, excitement and boredom, desire and weariness, it’s easy to fritter away our lives, bit by bit, without even noticing, running all over the place and getting nowhere. Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things…. ….the goal of life… Read More »