May joy and peace fill your heart. I was born disabled and today I am a philosopher and writer. I spent 17 years of my life in an institution for disabled people, and this experience is the cornerstone of my philosophy: seeing that joy is always possible, regardless of circumstances. It requires an art of life, spiritual exercises and asceticism. However, asceticism consists in doing less and less, in freeing oneself from false questions, in letting go of all those comparisons that harm us, so as to discover that the joy and peace that we look for outside of the self, are already at the center of our lives.

I am going to spend a year in Seoul to further my practice of Zen and Christian mysticism. These two sources nourish my heart. For me, all spiritual life builds on two projects: solidarity and inner freedom. Every day, I lie for one hour and practice zazen. During two half-hours, I let my thoughts, emotions, and fears rise, grow, and disappear. Christ and Buddha nourish me. One gives me love, faith and confidence, while the other drives me to compassion, to non-fixation, and to detachment. Both help me discover life beyond prejudice and regain the simplicity and spontaneity of a child.