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Matthieu Ricard, you present today Hymn to beauty / An Ode to Beauty . What does this book represent for you?A tribute to my Tibetan masters Kangyour Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoche, whose photo is in the mosaic below, note, but also the reason why I lived 50 years in the Himalayas: it was to be near of these masters. Being alongside these and also making their portrait to share the inner beauty, wisdom, compassion of these masters, I necessarily plunged into their world, and that of all those who live in these regions, who live around of them, peasants, nomads ...
You talk about your meditation experience and its benefits, especially in the book The Art of Meditation (NiL Editions, 2008).
Do you think there is an ideal place to meditate?Ideally, one can practice meditation everywhere, in all circumstances, in all places, whether there is noise or no noise. When you are faced with a mountain landscape, meditation is both outside and inside. In traffic jams, meditation can only be done indoors. For a beginner, what we are all from a certain point of view, it is a question of finding a place conducive to meditation even if one cannot go to the Himalayas, facing a mountain See l 'self-portrait of Matthieu Ricard, in full meditation in front of the Jomolhari glacier, in Bhutan, May 2007, Editor's note. A place at home where you are quiet, without your phone! A place where for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes… we know that the main occupation will be to train our spirit, to become familiar with selfless love, with benevolent mindfulness. So you must first train in suitable places, and once you have acquired more expertise, inner strength, inner freedom, you can use your skills to maintain this attitude at all times. Like these riders capable of bending over to pick up something on the ground in full gallop, this is the result of training.
Do you have any advice to give us to create a more serene interior, at home?
Children, do you think it is possible to make them meditate?
Is it possible to reproduce this at home?
We regularly talk about feng shui in the newsroom. Is it important to you?
One last question: what are the objects that you never part with?
Hymn to beauty / An Ode to Beauty Texts and photographs: Matthieu Ricard YellowKorner-La Martinière Coedition, 200 pages, 25 euros Matthieu Ricard's book and photos are on sale in the YellowKorner galleries and on Yellowkorner.com
Earthquake in Nepal: Matthieu Ricard's appeal for donations
Founded in 2000 by Matthieu Ricard, the Karuna-Shechen association works with the poorest populations in the Himalayas in Nepal, Tibet, and northern India. Construction of primary and secondary schools, creation of clinics and dispensaries ... these are more than a hundred humanitarian projects that the association has developed in the fields of education and access to care. Following the earthquakes in Nepal at the end of April 2015, all donations received by Karuna-Shechen until May 31 will be used to help the victims of the earthquake. To make a donation, visit the association's website: www.karuna-shechen.org. For each donation made, YellowKorner agrees to donate the same amount.