Literature & Buddhism

Vincent Thibault is a Canadian writer who has published 15 books in French, including both fiction and nonfiction, with different publishing houses in Quebec. From novels to travel memoirs and philosophical essays, his work is surprisingly varied, but keeps exploring key themes—the meaning of kindness; the quest for clarity and wisdom in a hectic and noisy world; courage in the face of uncertainty; and the reconciliation of tradition and modernity.

 

A proponent of what he calls “lucid optimism,” Vincent has been studying Tibetan Buddhism for over 15 years. His practice is mostly focused on the Nyingma tradition, but he has also received teachings from different lineages. He has translated some short texts for Lotsawa House (from English to French), and his translation of Tulku Thondup Rinpoche’s book, The Heart of Unconditional Love, was recently released by Courrier du Livre in France. He is currently translating The Relaxed Mind by Dza Kilung Rinpoche and The Practice of Lojong by Traleg Kyabgon; these two projects are supported by the Khyentse Foundation.

Here is the transcription of two talks he recently gave on important Buddhist topics:

Vincent has also published articles in magazines (Nuit blanche, Le libraire, Shambhala Sun), penned prefaces for half a dozen books (new editions of literary classics), worked on film projects, and directed a short documentary that was released in 2020. You can watch it here (English captions available).

Photo Martin Cauchon novembre 2018 DSC_8

BOOKS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH

Parkour & Art du déplacement

Lessons in practical wisdom, 2015

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Parkour and the Art du déplacement

Strength, Dignity, Community, 2013

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Purity

Japanese short stories, 2014

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The Walker

Short ebook, 2014

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