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Conversations on Compassion


Dr. Matthieu Ricard




CARE’s founder and director, Dr. James Doty, asks scientist and Buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard, about his life’s work and what role compassion may have played. Born in France in 1946, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who left a career in cellular genetics to study Buddhism in the Himalayas over 45 years ago.


Matt, you and I have been Prince for some time and it's really been such a joy to be Prince with him because he is an extraordinary individual. Um, as many of you may know, uh, he began life initially, uh, getting a PhD in, I think, molecular genetics at the Louis Pastor Institute. And when he got his PhD, he ultimately, uh, went to India and spent some time with, uh, some of the Tibet masters and that, and changed, uh, the direction of his life, ultimately don't leave.

Uh, and from then he has spent the last 30 years, uh, being a Tibetan monk, and a lot of that time was actually in retreat with himself. No newspapers, no electronics with all bes. Yeah, exactly. Maybe with everyone. Maybe that's a better way. Yes, but, ultimately it's led to an extraordinary life,  studying with many of the leading Tibet masters, doing humanitarian work, running a monastery, and also being an incredible human being as well as an incredible photographer.

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