June 10 — Matthieu Ricard

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
7:45-8:15am Continental Breakfast
8:15-9:15am Forum

Matthieu Ricard 

The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself 
and the World

in conversation with John E. Kobara,
Executive Vice President & COO, California Community Foundation (CCF).

500 South Figueroa Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90071

$20 General Admission
$43 Includes Ricard’s book 

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. www.matthieuricard.com

John E. Kobara is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the California Community Foundation (CCF). He is responsible for all of the development, marketing, administrative, grant making, civic engagement, program, and donor relations functions for the 48th largest foundation in the nation. CCF manages more than 1700 foundations and funds to assist high net worth families, individuals, corporations and non-profits pursue their philanthropic visions. Since 2004, CCF has made more than $1.5 billion in grants as investments in the future of local communities.

John has been engaged in successful three pioneering start-ups traversing a broad spectrum of industries. Previously, John was CEO of the CK12 Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, OnlineLearning.net, Vice Chancellor of UCLA, and VP General Manager of Falcon Cable TV. He has earned degrees from UCLA, USC, and Occidental College.

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