Born in France in 1946, son of philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Ph.D. in cell genetics turned Buddhist monk who has studied Buddhism in the Himalayas for the last 50 years under respected masters such as Kangyur Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He is a humanitarian, an author, a photographer, and a speaker at various international events. His books in English include The Monk and the Philosopher; The Quantum and the Lotus; Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill; Why Meditate?; Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World, A Plea for the Animals, Enlightened Vagabond, Beyond the Self: A conversation between Neuroscience and Buddhism, In Search of Wisdom, Freedom for All and Our Animal Neighbours. Matthieu Ricard has been a friend to Tsadra Foundation since its inception and along with many publication projects in Tibetan language, has also been supported at various times to translate Buddhist texts.
Current Projects as a Tsadra Foundation Fellow
The Nectar of Brilliant Moon, The Treasury of Essential Instructions, 800-page commentary by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991) on Longchenpa’s (1308-1364) Mengag Dzö (man ngag rin po che’i mdzod).
- Translation project into English and French simultaneously.