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Paul Ekman, PhD and Matthieu Ricard, PhD

Matthieu Ricard Interviews Paul Ekman

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About Paul Ekman, PhD

Paul Ekman, PhD is a world renowned psychologist who pioneered the field of studying human emotion as well as truth and deception. Paul was greatly influenced by Darwin's belief in a universality of emotions among humans and dedicated three decades of laboratory research to exploring these ideas. The 2000 meeting with His Holiness drastically altered Paul's research and world view, producing a series of academic articles on emotion and contemplative practice, co-designing the cultivating emotional balance training with Alan Wallace, and co-authoring a book with the Dalai Lama, Emotional Awareness. Paul and his daughter created the Atlas of Emotions at the request and with the support of His Holiness from 2014-2016.

You can find online training tools for emotion recognition and Global Compassion Webisodes with Paul Ekman on his website.

About Matthieu Ricard, PhD

Matthieu Ricard is an author, photographer and translator. He first visited India in 1967, where he met many of the great spiritual masters from Tibet. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972, he moved to the Himalayan region where he became a Buddhist monk and has been living for the past 45 years. His books include Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World. He devotes all the proceedings of his activities to humanitarian projects in Asia, through Karuna-Shechen, his organization which benefits over 350,000 people every year. Matthieu has been part of the Mind and Life Institute since 2000.

You can learn more about his work by visiting his website.

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  1. Jim Musante, LPC May 3, 2021 at 4:40 am - Reply

    A much too brief exchange on the role of emotions in contrast to cultivating compassion and loving kindness through ACTIONS in the world. I appreciated Dr Ekman offering that emotions are usually quick alerts to the internal experience via one’s cognitive interpretations, whereas “compassion” is a cultivated “attitude” and that usually precedes actions of love towards ourselves and others. Both, I offer, are necessary, but the habituation of the cognitive-affective response is likely to support the attitude (not emotion) of compassion.

  2. Amir Ascher May 3, 2021 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Back in the day, I worked as a musical director for advertisements, a job I did not do well as you will soon see.
    I was once asked by a client to find an “emotional” song to accompany his commercial. I asked “What kind of emotion do you want to provoke?” to which he replied that I was being a wise guy 🙂
    Advertising is not right livelihood. 🙂
    Best wishes from Israel

  3. Valérie Manelfe May 3, 2021 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Emue d’assister à cet échange magnifique, Paul Ekman et Matthieu Ricard : merci beaucoup!!! Gratitude ++++ de Paris 🙂

  4. Muriel Soriano May 3, 2021 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Wonderful wisdom from all of you! Thank you so much, Paul and Matthieu! And thank you Eve for hosting this with such clear articulate use of words and poise in your speach.

  5. Muriel Soriano May 3, 2021 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Wonderful wisdom from all of you! Thank you so much, Paul and Matthieu! And thank you Eve for hosting this with such clear articulate use of words and poise in your speech.

  6. cecilia jimenez May 3, 2021 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    podremos acceder a los videos con traducción al español ?

  7. Sara May 3, 2021 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Wonderful presentations! Thank you, thank you!!!

  8. Rahul May 3, 2021 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Emotions are actions when we do things without thinking. Very profound and engaging.

  9. Sheena May 4, 2021 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Thank you for this brief and Beautiful conversation. I’m curious about how to use connection to others as determining factor for constructive emotion. For example, I am angry toward one group with different ideology, this anger brought me closer to people in my agreeing group but alienating me further from the opposed group. Is this still considered constructive ? At first I thought so, but on second thought maybe expansion and restriction are not linear.

    Thank you.

  10. Els Vanderheijden May 4, 2021 at 3:40 am - Reply

    Wow, so very clear and considered explanation. thank you very much.

  11. Diane Boover May 4, 2021 at 5:52 am - Reply

    It seems as if the great commandment, to LOVE, needs the vehicle of the emotional mind in order to accomplish the goal of LOVE for all. Easy yet difficult to cultivate, as is mentioned again and again in all of the lectures.
    Thanks again

  12. Margareta May 4, 2021 at 9:10 am - Reply

    So beautiful and wise. The last of day 1. Thank you! And thank you Eve Ekman!

  13. Dr. Jaya Mohan May 4, 2021 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Ekman for throwing light on the true nature of Compassion.
    A perfect end to day one of this deliberation on wisdom of emotions.

  14. Dr. Jaya Mohan May 4, 2021 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Ekman for throwing light on the true nature of Compassion.

  15. Tim Mitchell May 4, 2021 at 11:51 am - Reply


  16. Claudia Baigorri May 4, 2021 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Paul Ekman, you are truly light and give everything to be motivated for and want to look forward to in life. I’m 24 and I my jaw has dropped at how much hope you are giving to me. I am truly inspired. Ekman Junior, you’re doing fantastic work and keeping up very well. Very happy to have found you. From my heart!

  17. Ana May 4, 2021 at 2:33 pm - Reply


  18. Pippa May 4, 2021 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Paul Ekman. I am grateful that the world holds people like yourself, not only for your insight and wisdom but for the example of love between a parent and child so clearly demonstrated – something we yearn for in our own lives and strive to give to the next generation. That is truly how you teach compassion.

  19. Patricia Dellacha May 4, 2021 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    GraciaSSS !!Gracias!! GRacias!!!

  20. Els May 6, 2021 at 3:52 am - Reply

    I have question:
    Has there even been any research done on the link between the muscles and central energy channel?
    (Due to a long period of necessary relaxation of de facial muscles (because of dystonia, jaw clamp) I noticed that in meditation my face became like a chewing gum that is torn apart. And doing meditation with a smiling face opens up the central energy channel. It is so clearly observable. Just changing to smiling face even without emotion present is a click inside.)
    So, has there ever been any attention in all the meditation researches, for the movements in the face? (That gives away the true emotional state.)
    This things said, I am concerned about the facemasks that are necessary to wear these days. It changes our facial muscles. I feel the energy channel becomes blocked. So it makes us disconnected instead of connected. Maybe there is a better way to wear these masks so that the energy keeps flowing most of the time? Which muscles opens the channel, which one makes it closed?
    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with the world.
    (Warm greetings from Belgium.)

  21. Cecilia Closs May 8, 2021 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Thank you Matthieu and Paul for sharing your wisdom and thank you Eve for hosting this amazing event. Lots of love from Argentina!

  22. Fatima Sayles May 8, 2021 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Base on my experience, moods can undoubtedly last for a long time, and emotion is momentary. I am a full-time building substitute teacher at an elementary school, and my assignment varies each day. Sometimes I’ll be assigned to a child who is having a difficult day or subbing for a pre-K teacher or special ed teacher. I set a goal to dedicate an hour to yoga, meditation, and prayer before work to help me have a positive mood throughout the day. So far, I haven’t missed a day having an hour for myself before work. I found this goal beneficial for me to deliver quality work to the students and collaborative work to school staff. Thank you, Dr. Paul Ekman, for sharing the “Emotional Awareness” audible (I listened to it religiously along with “Destructive Emotions” on my way to work and home) and Dr. Even Ekman for the free summit. I sincerely enjoyed listening and learning all 4-day free summit sessions. Thank you 🙏🏽

  23. Tania Schmid May 9, 2021 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for giving us to access for free the whole sessions again. I have missed the whole 2 day and it was big gift to be able to watch it again to today.
    Simply wonderful .

    Tania, Rio de Janeiro.

  24. Michael Nugent May 10, 2021 at 1:42 am - Reply

    So good to see and hear.

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