The world’s happiest man reveals what makes him unhappy

I was fortunate to hear Matthieu Ricard speak a couple of years ago when the Dali Lama talked in London, he is such an inspiring speaker and human being.

Matthieu Ricard, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, is said to be the world’s happiest man. But there is one thing that grinds even his gears.

Scientists gave the 70-year-old the moniker after he took part in a 12-year study into meditation and compassion at the University of Wisconsin.

But Ricard, who is originally from France and lives in a monastery in Nepal, revealed to GQ magazine that he finds the title “absurd.”

“I know happier monks,” the Buddhist who can meditate for days at a time told the magazine. “I really do. It’s absurd,” he added.

Full article: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/matthieu-ricard-worlds-happiest-man-unhappy-buddhist-nepal-book-photographer-a7365191.html

Photograph: French Buddhist monk, writer and photographer, Matthieu Ricard who scientists believe is the world’s happiest man KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images

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