Workshop Dr. Matthieu Ricard

Exploring our capacity of mindfulness

Training of the mind, which is the true meaning of meditation, is crucial for dealing effectively with deluded thought and afflictive emotions that are the causes of suffering. We all experience moments of clear mindfulness and inner peace. But those are usually fleeting states of mind. In the same way that we cannot learn playing a musical instrument by practicing it a few minutes every month, we need to train our mind through sustained efforts. Mindfulness is an indispensable tool to succeed in meditation and transform the mind. It is a key component of inner balance and flourishing. In this workshop we┬┤ll explore our capacity for mindfulness and the potencials of our mind.

Dr. Matthieu Ricard

is a Buddhist monk, author, translator and photographer. He was born in France in 1946 and studied molecular genetics at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. After completing his PhD in 1972, decided to dedicate his life to studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism. He went to live in India, Bhutan and Nepal, where he studied with several great masters, including Kangyur Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He served as Khyentse Rinpoche's attendant until he passed away in 1991, and still lives at Shechen Monastery in Nepal.


Since 1989, Dr. Matthieu Ricard has been the Dalai Lama's principal French translator. He has also played an active role in the dialogue between science and Buddhism. He is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, and has helped to devise and take part in scientific experiments on meditation in Europe and the United States. He has written several bestselling books, including The Monk and the Philosopher and Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill. The proceeds from his books go towards his humanitarian projects in Asia ( and his efforts to help safeguard Tibet's cultural heritage (