Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who had a promising career in cellular genetics before leaving France to study Buddhism in the Himalayas thirty-seven years ago. He is a best-selling author, translator, and photographer, and an active participant in current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. His many books include Why Meditate?, Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, and The Quantum and the Lotus. He lives in Nepal and dedicates much of his time to humanitarian projects in the Himalayas through his nonprofit organization Karuna-Shechen ( For more information, visit


Omnivore's Blog: The Experience of A Translator

Sherab Chödzin Kohn,  translator of Matthieu Ricard’s new book  A Plea for the Animals, gives us a hilarious and poignant glimpse into his experience, as an “unreconstructed omnivore,” of going deep into this call for animal rights. I am an unreconstructed omnivore. I shun...
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Global Compassion: Beyond the Self with Matthieu Ricard and Richard Gere

October 27, 2017 | 8:00 p.m. | New York, ny

In his only New York City appearance, internationally renowned Buddhist monk, humanitarian, author, and scientist, Matthieu Ricard joins Omega Institute Friday, October 27th at 8:00 p.m. at the Symphony Space in Manhattan. Ricard’s talk will explore the global and inner movements for a more...


The Life of Shabkar

  The following article is from the Winter, 2001 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here. The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin translated by Matthieu Ricard foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama...
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