Global Compassion: Beyond the Self with Matthieu Ricard and Richard Gere

October 27, 2017 | 8:00 p.m.  |  Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Symphony Space
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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 compassionate world. In the second half of the evening, he will be joined by acclaimed actor, philanthropist, and activist, Richard Gere to discuss ideas from Ricard’s new book, Beyond the Self: Conversations with Buddhism and Neuroscience. This event is one of a series of gatherings Omega has hosted in 2017, around the theme #BeingFearless.

Sometimes called the “happiest man in the world,” Matthieu Ricard has said, “To be able to feel unconditional compassion, one needs to develop fearlessness.”

“At Omega we’ve been talking a lot about what is necessary to make meaningful change, and looking at ways we can remain fearlessly open-hearted in the face of adversity, difference, and challenge,” said Robert “Skip” Backus, chief executive officer at Omega. “Matthieu Ricard’s teachings on the power of compassion to change yourself and the world are poignant and right on time. We are delighted to be hosting this important conversation.”

Ricard’s scientific collaborations and extensive contemplative studies have demonstrated that achieving positive states of consciousness, such as happiness, compassion, and fearlessness, requires the same effort and mind training involved with any other serious pursuit. Ricard says this training can help lead us beyond the self into a deeper engagement with the world around us.

With Ricard soon to enter a period of semi-retirement, this event offers a rare opportunity to hear about his insights firsthand. Ricard will offer practical advice for developing deeper altruism, and how to work together to expand global compassion.

The event will be held October 27, 2017 at Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., event begins at 8:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, please visit Symphony Space.

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