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Matthieu Ricard is Buddhist monk,an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the NGH forums at the United Nations, and at TED where nearly six million people have viewed his talk on happiness. http://youtube/vbLEf4HR74E.

For more than two decades, Ricard has been at the forefront of the movement where neuroscience and meditation intersect, leading the dialogue between western science and the contemplative traditions.

His new book, Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World, is currently is in its seventh printing in France and will be published in the U.S. in June, 2015. During June, Ricard will be on a book tour in the U.S., giving public talks in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York. His talk at TED Global in Rio highlighted the themes in the new book -

He is the author of several best selling books: The Monk and the Philosopher, a book of dialogues with his father, the French philosopher Jean-François Revel, The Quantum and the Lotus, a dialogue with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan and Happiness, A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, and Why Meditate? His books have been translated into twenty languages. His new book, Altruism is in its seventh printing in France.

Born in France in 1946, as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Ricard grew up among the personalities and ideas of Paris’ intellectual and artistic circles. He earned a Ph.D degree in cell genetics at the Institute Pasteur under the Nobel Laureate Francois Jacob.

In 1967, Ricard travelled to India in 1967 to meet the spiritual masters from Tibet. After completing his doctoral thesis in 1972, he decided to forsake his scientific career and concentrate on Buddhist contemplative practice. Since then, he has lived in India, Bhutan and Nepal with some of the greatest living teachers of that tradition.

For more than four decades, he has been photographing the landscapes and the people of the Himalayans. He is the author and photographer of Buddhist Himalayas, Journey to Enlightenment (The Spirit of Tibet in paperback), Tibet: An Inner Journey, Motionless Journey, and Bhutan, Land of Peace. He also translated several books from Tibetan into English and French.

Ricard devotes all the proceeds of his books and much of his time to over 140 humanitarian projects in the Himalayan region. He lives at Shechen Monastery in Nepal. and

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Caring Mindfulness

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 6:31 PM


The practice of mindfulness, based in particular on the method of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and has become immensely successful.

Over the last 30 years, it has gained worldwide recognition and interest, not only in the...

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Born to Be Good

(3) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 7:09 PM


I have been very inspired by the research done over the recent years demonstrating that even as infants we are wired to be cooperative and helpful.

At the Max Planck Institute of Leipzig, Michael Tomasello and Felix Warneken have...

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Towards Sustainable Harmony: An Altruistic Approach

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 2:09 PM


Articles in the New York Times and other news agencies reported on the latest scientific findings on climate change and global warming. How does this relate to what is called sustainable development?

The term, sustainable development, is a contradiction....

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In Defense of Animals

(6) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 12:46 PM


When my book, In Defense of Animals, was published last fall in France, the complaint I most often heard during interviews and television and radio talk shows was that my concern over the fate of animals was "offensive." Why? "Because so much suffering...

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Let Altruism Be Your Guide: TED Talk

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 10:10 AM

Excepts From My Latest TED Talk


We have an extraordinary potential for goodness but also an immense power to do harm. Any tool can be used to build or to destroy, and it all depends on our motivation. Therefore, it is all the more important to foster...

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Altruism in the Face of Violence

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 2:01 PM


Almost every day a massacre occurs somewhere in the world. A few days ago the world was shaken by the murder of 17 people, including 12 journalists and collaborators of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Paris.

In their tragic delusion, perpetrators...

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What Is the True Meaning of Forgiveness? (VIDEO)

(158) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 8:45 AM

At personal level forgiveness is always possible, and one should always forgive. Although many claim that one has no right to forgive harm that has been done to others, one must consider forgiving in terms of the well-being of society. Society does not need the kind of forgiving that goes...

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Why Pleasure Is Not Happiness (VIDEO)

(34) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 7:58 AM

No one wakes up in the morning thinking, "I wish I could suffer all day, and if possible my whole life." We all strive, consciously or unconsciously, competently or clumsily, to be happier and to suffer less. Nevertheless, we often confuse genuine happiness with merely seeking enjoyable feelings. Happiness is...

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Is Compassion Meditation the Key to Better Caregiving? (VIDEO)

(23) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 7:00 AM

Empathy is the faculty to resonate with the feelings of others. When we meet someone who is joyful, we smile. When we witness someone in pain, we suffer in resonance with his or her suffering. Neuroscience has proven that similar areas of the brain are activated both in the person...

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Why Meditate? (VIDEO)

(158) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 7:00 PM

If we take an honest look at ourselves, it is easy to see that we are a mixture of light and shadow, of good qualities and defects. One of the main obstacles we face is a deep-seated and often unconscious conviction that we're born the way we are and nothing...

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