Matthieu Ricard had a scientific training, studied doctorate (Ph.d.) in cellular Genetics at the Pasteur Institute in Paris under the supervision of Nobel Prize in medicine, François Jacob. After finishing his Ph.d. thesis in 1972, he decided to abandon his scientific career and concentrate on Tibetan Buddhist studies.
Since 1972, Ricard has lived in the Himalayas where has already completed 37 years as a Buddhist monk at the Nepal at Shechen monastery. There, he shared with the best live teachers; During thirteen years was disciple and Assistant of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the teachers and most eminent Tibetans visionaries of our time, until the latter's death in 1991.
Since 1989 he has accompanied his Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama through la Francophonie, acting as his personal interpreter. The French President François Mitterrand, awarded the French national order; merit obtained by its implications and their efforts in the preservation of the cultures of the Himalayas. All rights derived from his literary works, Ricard has donated for humanitarian projects that he leads in Tibet, Nepal, and the India.
Matthieu Ricard is also a successful author. He has translated and published numerous books on Tibetan Buddhism and it is praised for its extensive knowledge of Tibetan culture and religion. He is the author of The Mystery of Animal Migration, Hill & Wang, NY, 1969, the monk and the philosopher, Publisher: Uranus, 1998, based on dialogues with his father, the French philosopher Jean-Francois Revel. This book has been translated into 21 languages. Infinity in the Palm of the hand, ediciones Urano, 2001 showing a conversation deepened with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan. According to his Holiness the Dalai Lama, "this book is the inspiring result of a deeply interesting dialogue between Buddhist philosophy and Western science, and contributes to a better understanding of the true of our world and the way nature as we live our lives."
He has also published The Spirit of Tibet, 2001 (also in video), 2001, a book of photos about the life of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Monk Dancers of Tibet, 2003. The book of photos Buddhist Himalayas, Harry N Abrams Inc, 2002. And numerous translations of Tibetan texts, including The Life of Shabkar, The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin, Snow Lion Publications, 2001; Dilgo Khyentse, The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones, The Practice of View, Meditation, and Action, Boston, Shambhala Publications, 1993.
In defense of happiness (Ediciones Urano, 2005), where Ricard continues building a bridge on the importance of the dialogue between the East and the West.
Matthieu Ricard photographs collected extraordinary moments of spiritual teachers, the people of the Himalayas and the landscapes, among others. These have been published internationally in numerous magazines and books. Henri Cartier-Bresson has said of his work "Matthieu, his spiritual life and his camera are one, which bloom images eternal and ephemeral".
In terms of its humanitarian projects, Matthieu has implemented projects to support Tibet sixteen clinics, seven schools, including one for 800 orphans spanning the Himalayas in search of a training culture in the India desperate, this program also welcomes hundreds of older people. It also holds nine bridges. (110 humanitarian projects)
Since the year 2000, Matthieu Ricard has been an active member of the Institute for thought and life and participate in current scientific research on mental training and the plasticity of the brain. This research is conducted by Professor Richard J. Davidson, an authority in the field of neuroplasticity.
He has participated in trials at the University of Wisconsin (USA). In one of them, researchers 256 electrodes were placed in his skull and subjected them to a set of functional resonance imaging (fMRI) nuclear magnetic. Find Matthieu Ricard attained the highest level of activity in the left prefrontal cortex, which is associated with positive emotions. Various scale of + 0.3 a - 0.3 (bliss), Matthieu Ricard reached results - 0.45, completely out of scale. Which