Matthieu Ricard left a promising career in cellular genetics in France to devote himself to study Buddhism in the Himalayas 40 years ago. Since then he has lived with the greatest living teachers of that tradition. He became the close disciple of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche until his death in 1991. Now he devotes his live, together with Rabjam Schechen Rinponche, to the completion of the projects initiated by Khyentse Rinpoche.
Born in France, Ricard is a best-seller author and a well-known photographer. He captures the spiritual life of what surrounds him with his camera. As a trained scientist and Buddhist monk, he mediates the dialogue between Tibetan Buddhism and the West through understanding and compassion. Matthieu became internationally known for his book The Monk and the Philosopher, an account of an extended dialogue with his father Jean Revel.
This ﬁlm explores the many phases and aspects of Matthieu Ricard’s life, 'the happiest man alive' as Time magazine calls him. We see him accompanying the Dalai Lama as his personal interpreter, as an active participant in the current scientiﬁc research on the effects of meditation on the brain, and working on humanitarian projects (schools, hospitals, orphanages, etc) in different locations in Asia, such as Tibet, Nepal and India.
Directed by: George Schouten & Babeth M. VanLoo
With: Matthieu Ricard, Kangyur Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, Yahne le Toumelin, Eve Reneleau, Gerard Godet, Madelèine Trehin, dr. Tania Singer, Uttam Sanjei
Producer, commissioning editor: Babeth M. VanLoo Camera: Bernd Wouthuijsen
Sound: Martijn van Haalen
Editing: Chris van Oers
Music: Jacob ter Veldhuis
Soundmix: Marco Vermaas
Films in Tibet and photographs: Matthieu Ricard
With gratitude to: Matthieu Ricard and family, Trulchik Rinpoche, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Shechen Monastery, Kathmandu; Tulku Pema Wangyal, Dordogne; University of Zurich, Branco Weiss Laboratory; University of Maastricht, Dept. Of Neurocognition; Karuna-Shechen humanitarian projects (www.karuna-shechen.org)
Length: 66 min