Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Matthieu Ricard (Part 1) - How the World's Happiest Man Found His Way

September 10, 2020 Mo Gawdat and Matthieu Ricard Episode 42
Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Matthieu Ricard (Part 1) - How the World's Happiest Man Found His Way
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Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Matthieu Ricard (Part 1) - How the World's Happiest Man Found His Way
Sep 10, 2020 Episode 42
Mo Gawdat and Matthieu Ricard

I'm truly honored to have Matthieu Ricard on Slo Mo for this incredible two-part episode. This is Part 1.

There is a shroud of mystery surrounding the lives, intentions, struggles, and mindset of monks. What drives them to make such an apparently bold decision in the name of achieving true happiness? After speaking to Matthieu, it's clear that despite thinking the title of "World's Happiest Man" is nonsense, he exudes a joy, wisdom, and contentedness that speaks for itself. This conversation will refresh your priorities.

Matthieu Ricard is an icon on the global stage and one of the most influential happiness champions alive today. Born in France in 1946 as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, he is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer. He first visited India in 1967 where he met great spiritual masters from Tibet. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972, he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 45 years.

Listen as we discuss in Part 1:

  • What it's like to be a monk in the spotlight after 25 years of isolation
  • His lovely 97 year-old mother who spontaneously sings
  • That Matthieu felt "ripe" to leave his science career behind to live with Tibetan masters
  • Having no real happiness role models, despite growing up around successful people
  • His journey from becoming a monk to spending nearly 50 years in the Himalayas
  • Living in a cold 3 x 3 meter hermitage with no water or heat, yet loving it
  • How a book he wrote with his father led him on an unexpected path to stardom
  • Living "from one mountain pass to the other"
  • The futility of depending on the outer condition for happiness  (this is pure wisdom)
  • Pleasure vs. Happiness
  • Do we need to go as far as being monks to experience happiness?

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Connect with Matthieu Ricard on Facebook @matthieu.ricard.officiel, Twitter @matthieuricard, Instagram @matthieu_ricard, and his website matthieuricard.org

Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy

Show Notes

I'm truly honored to have Matthieu Ricard on Slo Mo for this incredible two-part episode. This is Part 1.

There is a shroud of mystery surrounding the lives, intentions, struggles, and mindset of monks. What drives them to make such an apparently bold decision in the name of achieving true happiness? After speaking to Matthieu, it's clear that despite thinking the title of "World's Happiest Man" is nonsense, he exudes a joy, wisdom, and contentedness that speaks for itself. This conversation will refresh your priorities.

Matthieu Ricard is an icon on the global stage and one of the most influential happiness champions alive today. Born in France in 1946 as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, he is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer. He first visited India in 1967 where he met great spiritual masters from Tibet. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972, he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 45 years.

Listen as we discuss in Part 1:

  • What it's like to be a monk in the spotlight after 25 years of isolation
  • His lovely 97 year-old mother who spontaneously sings
  • That Matthieu felt "ripe" to leave his science career behind to live with Tibetan masters
  • Having no real happiness role models, despite growing up around successful people
  • His journey from becoming a monk to spending nearly 50 years in the Himalayas
  • Living in a cold 3 x 3 meter hermitage with no water or heat, yet loving it
  • How a book he wrote with his father led him on an unexpected path to stardom
  • Living "from one mountain pass to the other"
  • The futility of depending on the outer condition for happiness  (this is pure wisdom)
  • Pleasure vs. Happiness
  • Do we need to go as far as being monks to experience happiness?

Instagram: @mo_gawdat
Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
Twitter: @mgawdat
LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat

Connect with Matthieu Ricard on Facebook @matthieu.ricard.officiel, Twitter @matthieuricard, Instagram @matthieu_ricard, and his website matthieuricard.org

Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy