The Devotion of Matthieu Ricard

The Devotion of Matthieu Ricard

A film by George Schouten and Babeth M. VanLoo


“The happiest man alive.” –Time


Nearly forty years ago Matthieu Ricard left his native France and a promising career in cellular genetics to become a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in Nepal. He is now a translator, photographer and bestselling author (The Monk and the Philosopher, Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill) and an active participant in scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. He is involved in a number of humanitarian projects in Tibet and Nepal, where he resides.

This intimate portrait journeys with Matthieu as he continues the work of his late teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, in the Himalayas, and as he serves as translator for the Dalai Lama in Europe and participates in scientific research there. His vivid photography and accessible stories of a monk’s life in the Himalayas feature throughout.

With: Matthieu Ricard, Kangyur Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Yahne le Toumelin, Eve Reneleau, Gerard Godet, Madelèine Trehin, Dr. Tania Singer, Uttam Sanjei


  • additional scenes and interviews
  • gallery of photographs

To learn more about Matthieu Ricard and his humanitarian projects, teacher and photography, visit:

A Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation (BOS) production
Directed by George Schouten and Babeth M. VanLoo
Filmed on location in Europe, Tibet, India and Nepal, with footage and photographs from Tibet by Matthieu Ricard



67 min / Color / English (and Dutch and French w/English subtitles) / Stereo / NTSC / All Region
SRP $24.95
A portion of the net proceeds from sales of this DVD support Karuna Shechen projects.