Notebooks of a Wandering Monk

Original title: Carnets d’un moine errant

Author: Ricard, Matthieu

Publication Date:

October 2021



Original language and publisher

French | Allary Editions

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French

Territories Sold

Brazil (Palas Athena)
Spanish (World) (Arpa, at auction)
English (World) (The MIT Press (at auction))
Italy (Piemme)



Notebooks of a Wandering Monk

Original title: Carnets d’un moine errant

Author: Ricard, Matthieu


The memoirs of Matthieu Ricard, the world’s most famous Buddhist monk

Matthieu Ricard was born in 1967, at the age of 21, in Darjeeling, India. His spiritual father, Kangyur Rinpoche, was a revered Tibetan teacher who enthralled him with his extraordinary quality of being. Five years later, with a doctorate in genetics from the Pasteur Institute and a promising career before him, Matthieu Ricard gave it all up to go live in the Himalayas. A decisive choice that he has been grateful for every day for the past 50 years.

His first life, in which his time was divided between the city and the countryside, had made him into a young man who loved both nature and classical music, who was open-minded about spirituality, and who hoped to unlock the mysteries of molecular biology.

His second life led him on the Path to Enlightenment, following in the footsteps of his teachers, who were models of coherence between their words and deeds. For 12 years, he lived alongside Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, the Dalai Lama’s admired teacher and a source of endless inspiration.

For three decades, Matthieu Ricard’s simple yet extraordinary life followed a path carved out by meditative retreats in extremely remote areas and fascinating journeys to Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet. Then, in 1997, the book The Monk and the Philosopher, which he co-wrote with his father, the philosopher Jean-François Revel, was published. The book’s unexpected international success plucked Ricard from his  tranquil life as a monk, and tossed him into a whirlwind of interviews and conferences the world over. From one book to the next, he has used his talent as both an author and a photographer to serve his message of altruistic love.

His Notebooks recount the life of a wandering monk, with neither material nor geographical ties, who is constantly on the path towards self-realization and compassion in action.

Marketing Information

  • Initial print run: 100,000 copies
  • English translation available