In this dialogue CCARE’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. As a trained scientist and Buddhist monk, he is uniquely positioned in the dialogue between East and West. He is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos and at TED where over four million people have viewed his talk on happiness. He also founded Karuna-Shechen, which provides health care, education, and social services for the under-served people of India, Nepal, and Tibet.