In designing Search Inside Yourself, a popular course at Google, early Google engineer and personal growth pioneer Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) has distilled emotional intelligence into a set of practical and proven tools and skills that anyone can learn and develop. Created in collaboration with a Zen master, a CEO, a Stanford University scientist, and Daniel Goleman (the guy who literally wrote the book on emotional intelligence), this program is grounded in science and expressed in a way that even a skeptical, compulsively pragmatic, engineering-oriented brain like Meng’s can process.
Search Inside Yourself reveals how to calm your mind on demand and return it to a natural state of happiness, deepen self-awareness in a way that fosters self-confidence, harness empathy and compassion into outstanding leadership, and build highly productive collaborations based on trust and transparent communication. In other words, Search Inside Yourself shows you how to grow inner joy while succeeding at your work. Meng writes: “Some people buy books that teach them to be liked; others buy books that teach them to be successful. This book teaches you both. You are so lucky.”
When you go to the movies, you’re ready for a story to be told—through action sequences, the words of the screenwriter, the choices made by the director, and the expressions and emotions offered by the actors. Imagine going to the cinema where the feature-length film is devoid of words, where the action sequences and emotions come through based on truth, on reality, a film that goes beyond a documentary but still captures our imagination in a manner that draws goosebumps from our flesh.
Filmed entirely on 70mm film—the first full-length feature film in this format in over ten years—Samsara is the brainchild of cinematographer and director Ron Fricke and his team of filmmakers who spent nearly five years and traveled to twenty-five countries to capture the images presented in 92 minutes of film.
In Sanskrit, Samsara means “the ever-turning wheel of life.” The purpose of the film is to find the interconnectedness that runs amongst and through us all, as individuals and a collective whole, on conjunction with the “rhythm of the planet,” as we move through this one-shot experience called life.
How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug? In this wise and soulful talk, peace activist Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need — as nations and individuals — to fight extreme force without using force in return. To answer the question of why and how non-violence works, she evokes historical heroes — Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela — and the personal philosophies that powered their peaceful protests. (Filmed at TEDxExeter.)
For the past two years, Dorje Denma Ling has offered a very special winter holiday family gathering, which begins December 26th and culminating in a New Year’s Eve banquet and dance party. Each day begins and ends together with chants and meditation, with children from age 3 to 15 learning how to ring the gong, drum the drum, and offer incense for a daily lhasang. After morning chants, as the adults go off to their respective days of intensive shamatha and vajrayana practice (which fulfills group practice requirements), the children go to their own program activities, which are different each day. View the video below!
Highlights of this year’s retreat included a beautiful “basic goodness” book that was handmade by the kids; a profound and lively discussion about Shambhala household practice; a traditional Maritime “kitchen party”; and a number of snowball sneak attacks, although the snow levels did not meet the kids’ high expectations from last year.
This film was recorded and produced by Anna Weinstein.
Madrone Phoenix speaks with a participant at the end of the weeklong Urban Retreat with Acharya Fleet Maull.
Buddhist teacher, former inmate and founder of several prison service organizations Fleet Maull talks about life behind bars. Even in the hostile prison environment, Fleet found that people would eventually reveal their humanity, which inspired him to rededicate his life to spiritual practice and service.
How prisoners transformed their culture of violence and despair to one of inner peace and redemption.
Psychotherapist Jenny Phillips describes how the tranquility of ancient Buddhist meditation at a maximum-security correctional facility helps prisoners emerge from a rigorous Vipassana program with a renewed self-image and a greater sense of personal responsibility.