Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard
  • President and Co-Founder, Karuna-Shechen, France

PhD in Cellular Genetics, France. Buddhist monk studying Buddhism in Himalayas for last 40 years. Founder, Karuna-Shechen, a humanitarian organization that completed 140 projects in the Himalayan region; active in scientific research on effects of meditation on brain. Member, Mind and Life Institute. Author of several books, including: The Monk and the Philosopher; Happiness; The Art of Meditation and recently, in French, Plaidoyer pour l'altruisme and Plaidoyer pour les animaux. Published five albums as photographer, including: Buddhist Himalayas; Tibet; Motionless Journey; Bhutan: The Land of Serenity. Recipient of French National Order of Merit, for humanitarian works.