Matthieu Ricard

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Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard has lived for over thirty five years in the Himalayas, studying under the guidance of Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and other precious spiritual masters. He is is part of the Padmakara Translation Group and has acted as the the French interpreter of the Dalai Lama since 1989. He is part of the Mind and Life Institute, which is devoted to meetings and collaborative research between scientists and Buddhist scholars and meditators and is engaged in the research on the effect of mind training on the brain conducted at various universities.

He lives at Shechen Monastery in Nepal, under the guidance of Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and devotes much of his time to the preservation of the Himalayan cultural heritage and to managing humanitarian projects in Tibet, Nepal India, Nepal and Bhutan.

Selected Bibliography in English (these titles have also been published other languages)

Translations from the Tibetan: - The Life of Shabkar, (State University of New York Press, 1994, reprinted 2001, Snow Lion Publications), in collaboration with Jakob Leschly and Erik Pema Kunsang.

- The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones, teachings by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche on Patrul Rinpoche’s verses (Shambhala Publications)

- Hundred Verses of Spiritual Advice, teachings by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche on Padampa Sangye’s advice to the people of Tingri (Shechen Publications, New Delhi, 2003 and Shambhala Publications, 2004)

- The Wishfulfilling Jewel, teachings by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche on the Longchen Nyingthig Guru Yoga, (Shambhala Publications)

- The Excellent Path to Enlightenment, teachings by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche on Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s preliminary practice (Snow Lion Publications)

- The Heart of Compassion, teachings by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche on the Thirty-Sevenfold Practice of the Bodhisattva (Shechen Publications, forthcoming 2006)

Photo Books

- Journey to Enlightenment (Aperture, New Yokr, 1996, reprinted in 2001 as The Spirit of Tibet)

- Buddhist Himalayas (Abrams, New York, 2002, with Olivier and Danielle Follmi)

- Monk Dancers of Tibet, (Boston, Shambhala Publications, 2003)

- Tibet, a Compassionate Eye (Abrams, forthcoming 2006).

Other books

- Animal Migrations (Hill and Wang, 1969).

- The Monk and the Philosopher (Schocken, 1999), with his father J.F. Revel.

- The Quantum and the Lotus (Crown Publishing, 2002), with the astrophysicists Trinh Xuan Thuan

- Happiness, A guide to Developping Life’s Most Important Skill (Little, Brown and Co, New York, forthcoming 2006.

- La Citadelle des Neiges (NiL Editions, 2005)

Scientific Publications

- Antoine Lutz, Lawrence L. Greischar , Nancy B. Rawlings , Matthieu Ricard and Richard J. Davidson, “Long-term meditators self-induce high-amplitude gamma synchrony during mental practice” PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), November 16, 2004, vol. 101, no. 46.

- Ekman, P., Davidson, R. J., Ricard, M. & Wallace, B. A. (2005). “Buddhist and psychological perspectives on emotions and well-Being,” in Current Directions in Psychological Science, 14, 59-63.

Movie The spirit of Tibet Canadian National Film Board

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