Matthieu Ricard, A French writer and Buddhist monk

I chose to become a Buddhist Monk over a Bio-Chemist

is a popular name we hear when talking about and . He is from an intellectual family; his father is a renowned French philosopher and mother is the abstract lyrics painter and called nun Yahne Le Toumelin. Seems like he’s following his mom’s path.

After completing the PhD degree in molecular genetics at Pasteur Institute, Matthieu decided to become a instead of becoming a geneticist. He then moved to the in search of Tibetian Buddhist . He started learning Buddhism with   and other great of that . Currently, he is residing at Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling  in .

He is also a and has written over six books. His books vary from one another. Like some are about the life of the monk, some are about and some of the . He truly supports and has been raising awareness about the . His famous book on animal and their right is “A Plea for the Animals.”  He also has written a book on how motionlessly one can enter the journey of . He is also the translator of the number of a Buddhist text.

Ricard has been using three types of : , open awareness, and analytics. He has spent a total of  5 years in solitary meditation in remote mountain regions.

For his outstanding in the East, the French government awarded him with  French National Order of Merit for his outstanding humanitarian work.

Richard has been living in Nepal for past 50 years, often with no electricity or running , and yet he doesn’t feel isolated in the Himalayas. He’s the best selling author, has been two viral TED talks. Neuroscientists found that this Buddhist monk possesses some of the highest levels of positive emotions that they’ve ever studied in anyone. Hence, he is called “the happiest man .”

In the episode of the podcast, ! How I did it, he explains about his journey from French intellectual society to a Tibetan .

Let’s have a glance at his books.

  • A Plea for the Animals
  • Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World
  • Why Meditate: Working with and Emotions
  • The Art of Meditation
  • The Skill of
  • Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill
  • The of : The Life and World of Khyentse Rinpoche, Spiritual Teacher
  • The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life, with Jean-François Revel




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