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Matthieu Ricard on Happiness

"Happiness isn't a series of pleasurable experiences. It's a way of being that helps us deal with life's ups and downs" - Matthieu Ricard

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On 28th September 2011 Matthieu Ricard - one of the world's leading thinkers and experts on happiness - spoke to a packed out audience of 450 people at Conway Hall in London for the inaugural Action for Happiness evening seminar.

It was an evening of inspiration, humour, science and meditation as the former biochemist turned Buddhist monk explained how we can train our minds in habits of well-being.

Below are a set of videos from the event for those who couldn't make it.

About Matthieu Ricard

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Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer who has lived in the Himalayan region for over forty years. He was born in France and has a PhD in cell genetics from the renowned Institut Pasteur. Since completing his doctorate he has focused on Buddhist practices, living in India, Bhutan, and Nepal and studying with some of the greatest Buddhist teachers. Matthieu has served as the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989. He is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to collaborative research between scientists and Buddhist scholars and meditators. He is engaged in research on the effect of mind training and meditation on the brain at universities around the world.

Matthieu is the author of several books including The Monk and the Philosopher, The Quantum and the Lotus, Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill and The Art of Meditation. He donates proceeds from his books and much of his time tohumanitarian projects in the Himalayan region and preservation of Tibetan cultural heritage.


Launch event

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