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)
- 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).
- 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)
- 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