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Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard

Buddhist monk, founder of the humanitarian organization Karuna-Shechen

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Ph.D. degree in molecular genetics at the Pasteur Institute under François Jabob.
He has been living in the Himalayas for 45 years as a Buddhist monk.
He dedicates his actions to preserving the Himalayan cultural inheritance (he has supervised the publishing of closed to 400 volumes of Tibetan texts.
Author of several books, whose “The Monk and the Philosopher” (with his father J.-F. Revel), “Advocacy for happiness”, “The art of meditation”, “Advocacy for altruism” and “Advocacy for animals” and photo books among which “A motionless trip”, “Tibet: regards de compassion” and “The Land of Serenity”.
He participates to several collaborative research programs in neuroscience about the effect of the mind training on the brain.

ACHIEVEMENT / What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

Founder of Karuna-Sechen, a humanitarian organization which has conducted closed to 200 projects in Nepal, Tibet and in India in what extends to health, education and social services.
He promotes a model of society based on solidarity, altruism and collaboration.

LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Nepal, Tibet, India.

IMPACT / What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental … impact of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

Karuna-Shechen cures 120,000 patients per year and has schooling 25,000 children in schools built by the organization itself. It has helped more than 200,000 people in 540 Nepalese towns after the late earthquakes.
600 monks live in the Shechen monaster. This monastery had published 400 precious texts and has one of the biggest collection of iconographic archives on Tibetan art (20,000 paintings, statues, frescoes etc. photographed by Matthieu).

QUOTE / A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

Change ourselves to better help the others.