s Happiness & Its Causes | Pre-Conference Masterclass



Date & Time: Wednesday 21 June 2017 9:30-16:30

With Matthieu Ricard, leading humanitarian, Buddhist monk, acclaimed photographer and author on the art and science of meditation, happiness and altruism, Nepal/France


Instinctively, we tend to put all our hopes and fears in the outer world. Yet, our control over the world is limited, temporary and often illusory. Although outer conditions matter and we should improve them as much as possible, it is the mind that translates them into happiness or suffering.

Be uplifted and inspired by Matthieu Ricard, in this informative and engaging workshop. You will discover how to enhance your happiness and that of others by:

  • • Identifying the mental states that are conducive to your wellbeing and those that destroy it
    • Exploring how momentary emotions modify your moods and eventually lead to the formation of your temperament
    • Learning techniques to rid your mind of afflictive thoughts
    • Training in and meditating on loving kindness, compassion, rejoicing and impartiality
    • Examining how to go from the lose-lose situation of selfishness to the win-win attitude of altruistic love

In essence, through sustained training we need to familiarise ourselves with a new way of being, to transform ourselves to better transform the world and contribute to a more compassionate society.


Matthieu Ricard

"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

Biochemist turned Buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard is a longtime meditator and an active participant in scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. His brain scans when meditating on loving-kindness once led the media to dub him “the happiest man in the world”.

Matthieu Ricard is an international best-selling author, acclaimed photographer 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 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’s books include Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World and Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill. He donates all proceeds from his books and much of his time to 130 humanitarian projects in Nepal, India and Tibet.


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