Matthieu Ricard, Ph.D., is a Buddhist monk at Schechen Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Born in France in 1946, he received his Ph.D. in Cellular Genetics at the Institut Pasteur under Nobel Laureate Francois Jacob. As a hobby, he wrote “Animal Migrations” in 1969. He first traveled to the Himalayas in 1967 and has lived there since 1972, studying with Kangyur Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, two of the most eminent Tibetan teachers of our times. Since 1989, he served as French interpreter for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is the author of “The Monk and the Philosopher,” with his father, the French thinker Jean-Francois Revel; “The Quantum and the Lotus,” with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan; “Happiness, A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill;” and “Why Meditate?” He has translated several books from Tibetan into English and French, including “The Life of Shabkar,” and “The Heart of Compassion.”

As a photographer, Ricard has published several albums, including “The Spirit of Tibet,” “Buddhist Himalayas,” “Tibet,” “Motionless Journey,” and “Bhutan.” He devotes all of the proceeds from his books and much of his time to 120 humanitarian projects involving schools, clinics, orphanages, elderly people’s homes, and bridges in Tibet, Nepal, and India. He supports these projects through his charitable association, Karuna-shechen. Ricard is devoted to the preservation of Tibetan cultural heritage. He has been deeply involved in the work of the Mind & Life Institute for many years, and is a Founding Steward of the Mind & Life Institute.


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2021

2021 Summer Research Institute Session

Altruism and Wonderment: Towards a Sustainable Harmony

Matthieu Ricard

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2018

2018 Mind & Life Dialogue XXXIII Session

Ethics and Compassion in Education Research

Daniel Goleman, Robert Roeser, Matthieu Ricard, Sona Dimidjian

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2016

2016 Mind & Life Dialogue XXXI

Power & Care

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2015

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Mind and Life Institute • December 17, 2015

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Mind & Life XXVII – Session 4

Mind and Life Institute • November 1, 2013

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2013 Mind & Life Dialogue XXVII

Craving, Desire, and Addiction

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Mind and Life Institute • January 22, 2013

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2012

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Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

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Mind & Life XXV – Part 8

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

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Mind & Life XXV – Part 7

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

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Mind & Life XXV – Part 6

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

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2011

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Mind & Life XXIII – Session 10

Mind and Life Institute • October 21, 2011

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Mind & Life XXIII – Session 6

Mind and Life Institute • October 21, 2011

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Mind and Life Institute • October 21, 2011

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Mind and Life Institute • October 23, 2010

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Mind & Life XX – Session 4

Mind and Life Institute • April 10, 2010

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Mind & Life XX – Session 2

Mind and Life Institute • April 9, 2010

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Mind & Life XX – Session 1

Mind and Life Institute • April 9, 2010

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Mind & Life XIV – Session 3

Mind and Life Institute • April 14, 2007

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2007 Mind & Life Dialogue XIV

The Universe in a Single Atom

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Mind & Life XI – Session 4

Mind and Life Institute • September 14, 2003

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Mind & Life XI – Session 3

Mind and Life Institute • September 14, 2003

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Mind & Life XI – Session 2

Mind and Life Institute • September 14, 2003

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Mind & Life XI – Session 1

Mind and Life Institute • September 14, 2003

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