Books & Buddhism
Vincent Thibault is a Canadian writer who has published 15 books in French, including both fiction and nonfiction, with various 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 Buddhism for nearly twenty years. His practice is mostly focused on the Nyingma tradition, but he has also received teachings from different lineages. He has translated numerous texts for Lotsawa House (from English to French), as well as books by prominent Buddhist teacers: Tulku Thondup Rinpoche (The Heart of Unconditional Love, released in French by Courrier du Livre), Traleg Kyabon (The Practice of Lojong) and Dza Kilung Rinpoche (The Relaxed Mind). These last two projects were published by Éditions Carrefours azur in French, and graciously supported by the Khyentse Foundation.
Vincent regularly organizes activities to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Here is the transcription of two talks he recently gave on foundational topics:
He has also published articles in magazines (Nuit blanche, Le libraire, Shambhala Sun), translated William Gilkerson’s award-winning novel, Pirate’s Passage (to be released by Éditions du Septentrion), penned prefaces for half a dozen books (new editions of literary classics), and gathered extensive experience in the book publishing industry (including as creative director and acquisitions editor). Furthermore, he has given talks in different countries, worked on film projects, and directed a short documentary that was released in 2020 (you can watch it here; English captions are available).
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