Matthieu Ricard with Pico Iyer

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

Matthieu Ricard
in conversation with Pico Iyer

The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself
and the World

Moss Theatre
New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.  Please note that we are also hosting Matthieu Ricard in our morning Live Talks Business Forum on June 10. To purchase tickets to the morning event visit here.

$20 General Admission
$30 Reserved Section Seats
$43 Includes Ricard’s book + Reserved Section Seats
$95 Includes pre-event reception and + Reserved Seats
        + Ricard’s book as well as Iyer’s book.

This event presented in association with InsightLA

Born in France in 1946, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who left a career in cellular genetics to study Buddhism in the Himalayas nearly 40 years ago. He is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos and at TED where his first talk on happiness has been viewed by over four million people.

His new book is Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World. His previous books have been translated into over twenty languages and include The Monk and the Philosopher; The Quantum and the Lotus; Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill; and Why Meditate?, as well as five photography books.

As a trained scientist and Buddhist monk, he is uniquely positioned in the dialogue between East and West. He is an active participant in the current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. He lives in Nepal and devotes much of his time to the preservation of Tibetan literature and to humanitarian projects in Tibet, India, and Nepal.

Pico Iyer is the author of twelve books, on subjects as varied as Cuba, globalism, Graham Greene and the XIVth Dalai Lama, and writes up to 100 articles a year for magazines from The New York Review of Books to Harper’s, and Vanity Fair to Wired. He delivered popular TED talks in both 2013 and 2014—his most recent book is a small TED Original on the theme of stillness, and his talk on the nature of home attracted millions of viewers—and he has written a film script for Miramax, done many liner notes for Leonard Cohen and written introductions to more than 50 other books. Born in Oxford, England, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard, he has been based, since 1987, in Western Japan, while traveling widely, everywhere from North Korea to Ethiopia and Yemen to Easter Island.



May 17 — Pico Iyer in conversation with Lisa Napoli

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pico Iyer in conversation with Lisa Napoli
The Joy of Quiet: Desperate to Unplug (or coping with the age of always-on)

Books for sale at the event by both authors.

The Fowler Museum at UCLA
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Join us for a lively discussion about the impact of the modern era of connectedness on our ability to think, create, and participate in the world.

TV-free resorts.  Internet addiction camps.  Yoga retreats that promise restoration from our busy lives.  In this busy, always-on age, more of us are eager than ever to find ways to disconnect.  This winter, Pico Iyer (who has yet to own a cell phone) extolled the virtues of peace and quiet. In the NY Times, he wrote:

“In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them — often in order to make more time. The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. Like teenagers, we appear to have gone from knowing nothing about the world to knowing too much all but overnight.”

Pico Iyer was born in Oxford, England, to parents from India, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard, while officially growing up in Southern California. He is the author of eight works of non-fiction, including Video Night in Kathmandu (cited on many lists of the best travel books ever), The Lady and the Monk (finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in the category of Current Interest) and The Global Soul (subject of websites and theatrical productions around the world). He has also written the novels Cuba and the Night and Abandon.

For a quarter of a century, he has been an essayist for Time magazine, while also writing constantly on literature for The New York Review of Books, on globalism for Harper’s, and on many other topics for venues from The New York Times to National Geographic. His 2oo8 book, The Open Road, describing more than 30 years of talking and traveling with the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, came out in a dozen countries.  His most recent book, on Graham Greene, hauntedness and fathers—The Man Within My Head—came out earlier this year.

Lisa Napoli is a journalist and author. She was as reporter and back-up host for public radio show Marketplace. She covered the Internet revolution and the cultural impact of technology as a columnist and staff reporter for the New York Times’ CyberTimes, and as a correspondent for MSNBC.  In her 25 year career in media, she has also worked for CNN. She is author of  RADIO SHANGRI-LA: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth. Presently, she is the local host of NPR’s All Things Considered on KCRW. Visit her website.