Notable Living Contemporary Teachers

Home Base
Kathmandu, Nepal

Foundation of Teaching
Tibetan Buddhism, Compassion, Love, Peace, Presence

Example of Teaching
“Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.”

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Matthieu Ricard, Ph.D.

Matthieu Ricard, PhD, is a Buddhist monk who went from a scientific career as a molecular biologist in France to the study of Buddhism in the Himalayas 40 years ago.

Born in Savoie, France, Matthieu, son of noted French philosopher Jean-Francois Revel grew up in the French intellectual circles. His mother Yahne Le Toumelin, an abstract painter has been a Buddhist nun since 1968.

Matthieu is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute which is devoted to collaborative research between scientists and Buddhist scholars. He is an active participant in the scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain.  His photographs of the spiritual masters, the landscape, and the people of the Himalayas have appeared in numerous books and magazines.

Author of several books, including “The Monk and the Philosopher”, with his father J.F. Revel, “Happiness”, “How to Cultivate Life’s Most Important Skill” and “Why Meditate”?  Matthieu is the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989.

Matthieu Lives in Nepal and runs Karuna-Shechen which oversees 120 humanitarian projects, to which he donates all the proceeds of his books and activities.



  1. “Let us live simply in the freshness of the present moment, in the clarity of pure awakened mind.”
  2. “Children, old people, vagabonds laugh easily and heartily: they have nothing to lose and hope for little. In renunciation lies a delicious taste of simplicity and deep peace.”
  3. “Happiness is a skill, emotional balance is a skill, compassion and altruism are skills, and like any skill they need to be developed. That’s what education is about.”
  4. “There is no such thing as good and bad in an absolute sense. There is only the good and bad- the harm in terms of happiness and suffering- that our thoughts and our actions do to ourselves and others.”
  5. “Prepare yourself so that you have no regrets. Think now. The things that you do, like trying to get rid of your competitors, and making one more million dollars, are they going to bring you a peaceful death? Are you really going to be happy when you die?”
  6. “Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.”
  7. “Pure consciousness without content is something all those who meditate regularly and seriously have experienced—it is not just some sort of Buddhist theory.”
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