Matteo Pistono

Matteo Pistono

Writer, teacher of meditation, and student of engaged Buddhism


MATTEO PISTONO is known as a writer, teacher of meditation, and student of engaged Buddhism. He was born in an Italian-Irish family and raised in Wyoming. Pistono completed his undergraduate degree in the field of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. In 1997, he achieved a Master of Arts degree in Indian philosophy at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He lived and travelled throughout the Himalayas, after working with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. on Tibetan cultural programs. And, during this time he documented evidence of human rights abuses in Tibet.

Matteo has also studied meditation extensively with Tibetan Buddhist teachers and shares meditation and pranayama techniques in Washington, D.C. Pistono is also known as the founder of Nekorpa, which is a foundation working to protect pilgrimage sites around the world, and he sits on the executive council of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists.

Matteo’s photos and writings about meditation, Buddhism, yoga, and Himalayan and Southeast Asian cultural, political, and spiritual landscapes have appeared in The Washington Post, The Global Post, Buddhadharma, Tricycle, BBC’s In-Pictures, Men’s Journal, Kyoto Journal, and HIMAL South Asia.

He holds his name as the author of “Roar: Sulak Sivaraksa and the Path of Socially Engaged Buddhism”, Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal and In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet, and has written about Tibetan, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian cultural, political, and spiritual landscapes for several outlets including The Washington Post, Global Post, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Lion’s Roar, BBC’s In-Pictures, Men’s Journal, Kyoto Journal, and Himal Southasia.

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BOOKS by Matteo Pistono

  • Fearless in Tibet
  • Meditation Made Easy: Coming to Know Your Mind
  • In the Shadow of the Buddha: One Man’s Journey of Discovery in Tibet
  • Roar: Sulak Sivaraksa and the Path of Socially Engaged Buddhism

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