FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Matthieu Ricard spends the greater part of his time traveling to see the projects developed by his humanitarian association, Karuna-Shechen, and to the various events in which he participates. His schedule is very busy and he is unable to personally respond to mail.

Therefore, we have answered questions that are frequently sent to this website. We hope that the information below will answer your questions. For all other queries please use the Contact form and we will respond as soon as possible.

PERSONAL QUESTIONS OR QUESTIONS ON BUDDHISM, ADRESSED TO MATTHIEU RICARD

I have a personal question I would like to ask Matthieu Ricard
Matthieu Ricard spends the greater part of his time traveling to see the projects developed by his humanitarian association, Karuna-Shechen, and to the various events in which he participates. His schedule is very busy and he is unable to personally respond to mail.
However, his team is in charge of receiving messages addressed to him. You can therefore send your question by using the Contact form provided for this purpose.

I have a question on a particular point of Buddhism/meditation which I would like to ask Matthieu Ricard
Matthieu Ricard does not consider himself as a teacher. The answers that he could provide can be found in his written works. Matthieu thanks you for your understanding.

I wish to request teachings from Matthieu Ricard
Matthieu Ricard appreciates your request, but does not consider himself as a teacher and therefore cannot grant such requests. He suggests that you find a teaching center in your own country.

I wish to do a retreat in a monastery in the Himalayas, and would like to be advised on where I could go
Matthieu Ricard lives in a monastery that does not have the infrastructure to welcome retreatants.
The great majority of monasteries in India and Nepal represent authentic traditions, and we are therefore unable to recommend one over another. The best way to find a place for a retreat in the east is to travel in India and Nepal, make contact with monasteries, and see what possibilities they offer.

QUESTIONS ON MATTHIEU RICARD’S WORK

I wish to buy photos taken by Matthieu Ricard
To buy photos by Matthieu Ricard please go to the Photos tab on the website, where you will find Matthieu’s photos listed by category.

You can also directly go to the Photoby and Yellow Korner websites, which sell Matthieu’s photos.

REQUEST FOR MATTHIEU RICARD’S PARTICIPATION IN AN EVENT

I wish to ask Matthieu Ricard if he would accept to hold / participate in, a conference / an event / a photo exhibition
For all requests for Matthieu Ricard’s participation in a public or private event, please contact one of the Karuna-Shechen branches. Contact details for each branch are available on the Contacts page (link: http://www.karuna-shechen.org/en/about-us/contact-us.html) on Karuna-Shechen’s website.

QUESTIONS ON MATTHIEU RICARD’S HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION

I wish to obtain further information on Karuna-Shechen, Matthieu Ricard’s humanitarian organization.
For further information on Karuna-Shechen, visit www.karuna-shechen.org, to learn more about the various projects undertaken by the organization.
For all other questions please contact one of the Karuna-Shechen branches. Contact details for each branch are available on the Contacts page on Karuna-Shechen’s website.

I wish to make a donation to Karuna-Shechen
Matthieu Ricard and Karuna-Shechen thank you for your generosity. To make a donation, please go to the Donations page on Karuna-Shechen’s website.

QUESTIONS ON VOLUNTEER WORK FOR MATTHIEU RICARD’S HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION

I wish to work as a volunteer for one of the Karuna-Shechen branches
Matthieu Ricard and the Karuna-Shechen team thank you for your kind offer.
You can contact one of the Karuna-Shechen branches to offer your expertise. Contact details for each branch are available on the Contacts page on Karuna-Shechen’s website.

I wish to work as a volunteer with one of Karuna-Shechen’s projects in the field
Matthieu Ricard and Karuna-Shechen’s team thank you for your kind offer.
The only volunteers accepted to the field projects are medical professionals (doctors, dentists, nurses), who have at least 6 years work experience and can speak and write English. Volunteers have to be able to stay for at least 5 months.
If you fit this description you can contact one of the Karuna-Shechen branches to offer your expertise. Contact details for each branch are available on the Contacts page on Karuna-Shechen’s website.
Aside from medical volunteers Karuna-Shechen is not currently in need of volunteers in the field.