Matthieu Ricard has been involved in Emergences, a yearly gathering in Brussels, since its inception ten years ago. For this year’s edition he was joined as usual by his dear friends Christophe André, Alexandre Jollien, Maria João Pires and founder Ilios Kotsu, along with other meditators, musicians, artists and engaged activists in the fields of education, ecology, animal welfare, care for the disadvantaged etc.
The theme of this year’s gathering was “Taking Care of Life” which clearly expresses the collective atmosphere, strongly focused on altruism in action. Many members of the audience already give their time and energy to projects to help others. Profits from the event go to Karuna Shechen, the NGO founded by Matthieu to help disadvantaged communities in Nepal India and Tibet.