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Kathmandu, Nepal

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Tibetan Buddhism, Compassion, Love, Peace, Presence

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“Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.”


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Matthieu Ricard, Ph.D.

Matthieu Ricard, PhD, is a Buddhist monk who went from a scientific career as a molecular biologist in France to the study of Buddhism in the Himalayas 40 years ago.

Born in Savoie, France, Matthieu, son of noted French philosopher Jean-Francois Revel grew up in the French intellectual circles. His mother Yahne Le Toumelin, an abstract painter has been a Buddhist nun since 1968.

Matthieu is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute which is devoted to collaborative research between scientists and Buddhist scholars. He is an active participant in the scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain.  His photographs of the spiritual masters, the landscape, and the people of the Himalayas have appeared in numerous books and magazines.

Author of several books, including “The Monk and the Philosopher”, with his father J.F. Revel, “Happiness”, “How to Cultivate Life’s Most Important Skill” and “Why Meditate”?  Matthieu is the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989.

Matthieu Lives in Nepal and runs Karuna-Shechen which oversees 120 humanitarian projects, to which he donates all the proceeds of his books and activities.


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    Neuroscience Has A Lot To Learn From Buddhism - Matthieu Ricard

    by Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer: A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain… Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing [...]

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    Why Should I Meditate?

    by Matthieu Ricard: Matthieu Ricard answers everyone’s first question… Take an honest look at yourself. Where are you in your life? What have your priorities been up till now and what do you intend to do with the time you have [...]

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    Matthieu Ricard The World's Happiest Man On Altruism

    by Oliver Haenlein: Matthieu Ricard, also known as ‘the world’s happiest man’, spent the best part of 25 years in the Himalayas with barely any contact with the Western world he was born into… At 26-years-old he left behind his molecular biology [...]

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    Matthieu Ricard The Urgent Need To Slow Down

    by Sam Mowe: A Conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert and Matthieu Ricard… Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard each had big books in 2015. Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History—winner of the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction—takes an unflinching [...]

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    Matthieu Ricard, Ph D Personal Development: Who Benefits?

    by Matthieu Ricard, Ph D: Nowadays, there’s more and more talk of “personal development,” an expression that is used very loosely and adapted to every pretext… it has become a sort of catch-all, which does not distinguish between a seven-step formula to [...]

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  1. "Let us live simply in the freshness of the present moment, in the clarity of pure awakened mind."
  2. "Children, old people, vagabonds laugh easily and heartily: they have nothing to lose and hope for little. In renunciation lies a delicious taste of simplicity and deep peace."
  3. "Happiness is a skill, emotional balance is a skill, compassion and altruism are skills, and like any skill they need to be developed. That's what education is about."
  4. "There is no such thing as good and bad in an absolute sense. There is only the good and bad- the harm in terms of happiness and suffering- that our thoughts and our actions do to ourselves and others."
  5. "Prepare yourself so that you have no regrets. Think now. The things that you do, like trying to get rid of your competitors, and making one more million dollars, are they going to bring you a peaceful death? Are you really going to be happy when you die?"
  6. "Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things."
  7. "Pure consciousness without content is something all those who meditate regularly and seriously have experienced—it is not just some sort of Buddhist theory."
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