Matthieu Ricard


Friday, October 23, 2015, 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Starr Auditorium

Hear from Matthieu Ricard, known by many as the "happiest man on earth" about Altruism, his new masterwork presenting a global vision based on decades of personal experience and insight, a roadmap for the 21st century. Ricard demonstrates how altruism is not an abstract ideal, but an essential dimension of our nature that everyone can cultivate. He explains how it is the vital thread that can answer the main challenges of our time: economic inequality, life satisfaction, and environmental sustainability.


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 six million people have viewed his talk on happiness and altruism.