More than forty years ago, a Frence Scientist with a PHD in Bio Chemistry went to Nepal and became a Buddhist monk. Even now many people around the world still ask the question: “Where is Nepal?”. Matthieu Ricard is the biochemist who became a Buddhist monk. His back ground as a trained molecular biologist from the Institute Pasteur and his quest for achieving happiness has put him in a unique position to try to “demystify mediation to science”.
As a personal French interpreter to the Dalai Lama and his long practice of Buddhist Meditation, Matthieu Ricard is trying to find scientific answers on the “effect of meditation (short term and long term) on the human brain.
Please view this video on how Kathy Sykes a British Journalist met Matthieu in Kathmandu Nepal to learn about meditation as an alternative therapy for human ailments. At 5 min point you will see the start of their meeting in the video.
Matthieu Ricard shared his experience at Ted talk. He spoke in Monterrey California in 2004. Happiness is a vague word. Well being is more specific. According to Buddhist philosophy: “well being is not just a mere pleasure of sensation it is a deep sense of serenity and fulfillment”. “Can we have a state of well-being while being sad? Yes.”
A photographer and a writer Matthieu runs a very popular blog http://www.matthieuricard.org/en/
He has also written several books.
The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet.
Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill
Tibet: An Inner Journey