Born in France in 1946 as the son of French philosopher Jean-Francois Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer. He first visited India in 1967 where he met great spiritual masters from Tibet. After receiving a PhD in Cellular Genetics at the Institut Pasteur under Nobel Laureate Francois Jacob, he moved to the Himalayan region in 1972 where he has been living for the past 45 years. Since 1989 he has served as French interpreter for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and within the Mind and Life Institute, he is an active participant in the scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain.
He is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos, forums at the United Nations, and at TED where his talks on happiness and altruism have been viewed by over seven million people. He is a charismatic figure who has captured the minds and hearts of people all over the world.
Matthieu Ricard is the author of Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World; Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill ; A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion ; Why Meditate?; The Quantum and the Lotus (a dialogue with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan), and The Monk and the Philosopher, a dialogue with his father, Jean Francois Revel. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. He donates all proceeds from his books and much of his time to 130 humanitarian projects in Nepal, India and Tibet.
“Matthieu Ricard brings together ancient wisdom and scientific insights to put forth a truly compelling global vision for the 21st century, and his voice, his message and his wisdom are greatly needed.” Arianna Huffington
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17:10 HAPFEST - Powered by Pecha Kucha | CULTIVATING ALTRUISTIC LOVE
8:55 | IN CONVERSATION WITH MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI & MATTHIEU RICARD
16:45 | PANEL: ONLY KINDNESS MATTERS