I mentioned Matthieu in my last post, but if you want to know more about this remarkable person, I would recommend you to visit his personal website.
He is a Buddhist monk, photographer, and author. He has lived and worked in the Himalayan region for forty years. After completing his doctoral thesis in 1972, Ricard decided to forsake his scientific career and concentrate on the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. His photographs of the spiritual masters, the landscape, and the people of the Himalayas have appeared in numerous books and magazines.
For the last few years, Dr. Ricard has dedicated his effort and the royalties of his books to various charitable projects in Asia, that include building and maintaining clinics, schools and orphanages in the region.