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Matthieu Ricard

President, Karuna-Shechen

PhD in Cellular Genetics, France. Buddhist monk studying Buddhism in the Himalayas for the last 40 years. Founder, Karuna-Shechen, a humanitarian organization that completed 130 projects in the Himalayan region; active in scientific research on the effects of meditation on the 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. 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.