Altruism and Societal Transformation

Dr. Matthieu Ricard

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Dr. Matthieu Ricard


Matthieu Ricard is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, and at TED where his talks on happiness and altruism have been viewed by over seven million people. His books have been translated into over twenty languages and include Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill; and Altruism. He is an active participant in the current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. As a trained scientist and Buddhist monk, he is uniquely positioned in the dialogue between East and West.

Matthieu devotes all the proceedings of his books and activities to 200 humanitarian projects in Tibet, India, and Nepal. You can see his website here. Karuna-Shechen provides education, medical care, and social development to underprivileged population, especially women and girls, and has been very active in helping rebuild villages hit by the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. You can check out Matthieu’s new book A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion for a compelling appeal to reason and human kindness. Matthieu Ricard takes the arguments from his best-sellers Altruism and Happiness to the conclusion that compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire.

Acharya Fleet Maull


Fleet Maull is an intrepid social activist/peacemaker and itinerant meditation teacher who travels the world leading retreats, peacemaker trainings, prison programs and transformational seminars. He is an empowered senior teacher in two Buddhist lineages, as an Acharya in the international Shambhala Buddhist Community and a Sensei in the Zen Peacemaker Order. Fleet is well known as a prison reform activist and the founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

Learn more about Fleet Maull by visiting his personal website and check out the work he is doing at the Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

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