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The Devotion of Matthieu Ricard


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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.


Filmed on location in Europe, Tibet, India and Nepal, with footage and photographs from Tibet by Matthieu Ricard


Bonus features:

additional scenes and interviews

gallery of photographs


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


A portion of the net proceeds from sales of this DVD support Karuna Shechen projects.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Matthieu Ricard, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • Directors: George Schouten, Babeth VanLoo
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Festival Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002CO78ZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By yeshe11 on September 21, 2010
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Every moment of this DVD is wonderful. From the uplifting joyfulness of Mathieu Ricard and his late teacher, Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche, to the mesmerizing photography and cinematography, the fascinating portrait of his family and of himself, and the way Mr. Ricard gently and humbly lives his very busy and amazing life. We are continually captivated by this inspired and inspiring man. One cannot help feeling touched by his devotion and humility. Highly recommended!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Diogo on August 14, 2010
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This film is a great overview over a fantastic case of total life transformation... Starting off as a biologist at the Pasteur Institute in France, Matthieu's life took a completely different direction and he went on to the Himalayas to study with the last generation of great Tibetan masters that still lived in Tibet...

This film, very well shot, depicts very up and closely not only his life story, but also the humanitarian work that Matthieu has developed since, something he assures us, has also been his source of fulfillment in life!

A must see for buddhists and non-buddhists!
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23 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Clarity on January 17, 2010
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I regret having to give this film only 3 stars. I wish it were possible to write a review without needing to give a rating.

I was disappointed with this film, but maybe I had ungrounded expectations. The film never promised to deliver what I had hoped to receive.

This film is an autobiography of somebody I don't know. He interacts with a number of high-ranking monks whom I have no understanding of (and therefore no interest in). The film is in part a promotion for some orphanages. Nothing wrong with that, but not what I was hoping for.

I was hoping for something that offered sustenance to the viewer - some useful insights - something that could be pondered and learned from. But this was more like a travelogue.

One valid complaint is that no subtitles are provided for the English dialogue. The speakers are non-native English speakers and it is difficult to understand what they are saying. I had to watch it a second time to understand it better.

There is indeed some beautiful photography. The monk who is the subject of the film seems a likeable fellow and I'm sure his fundraising is doing some good. Nonetheless, if I had it to do over again, I would not have purchased this film.
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