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Conversations on Compassion with Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard | 1:10:23


 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, uh, ultimately it's led to an extraordinary life, uh, uh, studying with many of the, uh, leading Tibet masters, uh, doing humanitarian work, running a monastery, and also being an incredible human being as well as an incredible photographer.

And as you can see from his latest book on altruism, an extraordinary writer. Many of you probably have all seen his book, uh, happiness, I think it's life's most Important Skill, something like that. Something like that. But it's a wonderful book as well. So, uh, tonight, uh, we're gonna start with Machu saying a few words, showing some slides.

Then we're going to have a conversation, and then we'll have some question and answers, if that's okay with you guys. Okay. Thank you.

So thank you so much, Jim. It was a pleasure to be back together. I've seen many friends here. I'm so happy. So I'm going to try to, you know, I did the same presentation in five minutes and in six hours, , I did six hours recently in Sao Paulo. The five minutes was not really a success, I must say. So I'm going to try a short one so that we have time to converse, but I thought instead of speaking about the book, uh, accompanying that with images would make, uh, a better, stronger case.

So first of all, we are often in this situation, you know, sort of being a little bit on the brink, uh, or the edge of something. It could be in our personal life, you know, our mind can be our best friend, our worst enemy, and we have to deal with the mind for morning, evening. So that could be, could be quite challenging.

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