Day 1: Chade-Meng Tan – The Art of Discovering The Happiness Within 2018-05-17T00:02:06+00:00

Day 1: Mind

The Art of Discovering The Happiness Within

Chade-Meng Tan

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What You’ll Learn

  • Learn three practical ways to create joy on the spot
  • Understand the relationship between mindfulness, calm and happiness

About Chade-Meng Tan

Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, thought leader and philanthropist whose work has received 8 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. He retired from Google as its Jolly Good Fellow at the age of 45. He is co-chair of One Billion Acts of Peace and chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and as an Executive Producer of the film Walk With Me.

At Google, Meng led the creation of a groundbreaking mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course called Search Inside Yourself, which was featured on the front page of the Sunday Business section of the New York Times. Search Inside Yourself is also the title of Meng’s New York Times bestselling book which has been endorsed by world leaders such as President Carter of the United States, business leaders such as Eric Schmidt of Google and John Mackey of Whole Foods Markets, and spiritual leaders such as the Dalai Lama. Meng hopes Search Inside Yourself will eventually contribute to world peace in a meaningful way.

Meng delivered a TED talk on compassion at the United Nations and spoke at the White House about the development of kindness. His personal motto is, “Life is too important to be taken seriously”.

Meng hopes to see every workplace in the world become a drinking fountain for happiness and enlightenment.

To learn more about Meng and his work, check out his website, or visit the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, the organization co-founded by Meng and charged with the wonderful task of sharing the SIY programs and curriculum globally. Also check out the Billion Acts of Peace Campaign, an international global citizens’ movement designed to tackle the most important problems facing our planet.

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  1. Lorna May 15, 2018 at 12:41 am - Reply

    Very helpful. He clarified some questions about how mindfulness works! I will remember his suggestions because he simplified describing the practice.

  2. Joyce May 15, 2018 at 12:46 am - Reply

    I really enjoyed this talk and the suggestions he made. However, I do have a question: i am not clear on the name of the Peace Prize winner of whom he spoke. Could someone please leave her name in the comments? Thank you.

    • Cathy Harris May 15, 2018 at 2:19 am - Reply

      Rigoberta Menchu

      • Joyce May 15, 2018 at 3:16 am - Reply

        Thank you for your response.

    • Kalpana Guttman May 15, 2018 at 2:27 am - Reply

      Rigoberta Menchu is her name. She is of Mayan descent.

      • Joyce May 15, 2018 at 3:16 am - Reply

        Thank you Kalpana. I appreciate you responding.

  3. Mariann May 15, 2018 at 12:46 am - Reply

    A deep bow of gratitude to you both for this lovely interview :-). I have heard Chade speak before and he always brings me joy and makes me smile because he is so joyful!! His motor that life is too important to be taken seriously is my motto too :-). I also feel strongly that being on the giving end of loving kindness creates instant happiness….it makes me MUCH more joyful to give rather than to receive!! Thank you for tonight and I look forward to the rest of the presentations this week!!

  4. Mary Fugiel May 15, 2018 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Chade-Meng Tan’s cheerful message inspired me to feel more joyful. I intend to follow his suggestion to wish someone happiness every day as a way of cultivating compassion.

  5. Susan Clark May 15, 2018 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Chade-Meng Tan was wonderful in explaining the simplicity of “attending to the present moment” – “free from worry and regret” – learn to “sustain calmness and joy, and access at anytime”. Wow, what more can one ask for in a lifetime!

  6. Sonya J May 15, 2018 at 12:51 am - Reply

    So wonderful. I plan to try practicing loving kindness every hour tomorrow. Thank you!

  7. KMendoza May 15, 2018 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your time and wisdom. This was so helpful as I work with clients who live with intense emotional or physical pain. It was helpful to hear the analogy that both joy and pain co-exist. The story butterfly illustrating the need for struggle to help us grow was so helpful. So often we desire a life without struggle and yet it is the struggle which makes us strong. _/\_

  8. Theresa Greenup May 15, 2018 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for your inspiration to notice all the slices of joy in life.

  9. Kathleen Rubin May 15, 2018 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Chade thank you so much for a lovely and useful session. I loved what I learned about baseline happiness! I have noticed this with my practice but didn’t know thats what it was. The 3 practices al jewels that I keep in my heart, specially noticing the slices of joy and uplifting the mind with short moments of wishing happiness to random people (which I will put into practice immediately. Loved the analogy about joy containing the pain and giving it the time to heal – just PRECIOUS.

  10. Jana May 15, 2018 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Love listening to Chade Meng Tan. He always inspires me to work on my own personal happiness. I really like his explaiantionof joy as our default mode.

  11. Melanie Elliott May 15, 2018 at 1:20 am - Reply

    I am a severely hearing impaired individual and am a “speechreader” (lip-reader). Unfortunately due to a less than 1 second delay in the transmission of the speech of the presenter together with an Asian accent ….. I have not been privileged to his lecture. I have read the script of the video and it was of great interest and so well-stated! I will continue with each presentation as I know I will grow with the experience. Melanie

    • Mitra May 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Hi Melanie,
      I am a cancer survivor and I often feel blessed that my body reminds me how short life is when the average population are remiss to it. Your post about being severely impaired made me realize how challenging it was for me to stay “attentive”. I watched and paused and watched again the video several times because my mind wandered, I wanted to multi-task because I am “privileged” to hear but listening is an exercise that I struggle with.

      To sum up the “jewels” I got out of listening/studying this talk was:
      1. calming the mind to access the joy we innately were born with. This kind of joy is separate from the sensations and egoic pleasures. Sensations are impermanent and egoic pleasures are never enough.
      2. incline the mind towards thin slices of joyful moments…drinking water, seeing a friend, putting socks on cold feet….
      3. uplift the mind with kindness and compassion. e.g. in your mind wish happiness for people several times a day.

      He started teaching these by humorously saying “my coffee is 3 in 1” lol

  12. Anita r Goldstein May 15, 2018 at 1:23 am - Reply

    I couldn’t understand what Meng was saying between 8:30-8:56 about a – I think – police officer or a white woman?
    Can anyone help?

  13. Kevin J, Waters May 15, 2018 at 1:25 am - Reply

    Meng, has greatly helped me see the dual existence, joy,& Happiness, Pain, & Joy, and that joy is fleeting,{Imperment}, but with practice I’ll be able to feed Happiness, with the awareness of bits of joy….. Mindfulness of,or with love, &, Compassion will allow me to see that Joy,&, Happiness exist together, but exclusive of each other…

  14. Patty May 15, 2018 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for your joyful inspiration. I am definitely going to use your meditations to take up the space where depression abides..

  15. Michele May 15, 2018 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Very clear and well stated directions. Down to earth and a pleasure to listen to. As a fellow Buddhist I always appreciate pithy teachings on what can be very complex topics. Putting his book in my must read list right now.

  16. Liz May 15, 2018 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Just wow. Everything he covered was so relevant to my own experience of life. So glad you gave this interview, Meng. I wish you happiness, also.

  17. Eric May 15, 2018 at 1:53 am - Reply

    I love the simplicity of the one breath

  18. Anne Friend May 15, 2018 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Thank you. I will practice loving kindness meditation daily now. I was focused on every word. I hope to remember and bring this understanding into my daily life. Thank you.

  19. Mary May 15, 2018 at 2:06 am - Reply

    He spoke so fast I could barely understand him and closed captioning was no help. Very disappointed.

  20. Larry Adler May 15, 2018 at 2:10 am - Reply

    The links in the bio are broken.

  21. doroti santiago May 15, 2018 at 2:13 am - Reply

    in total gratitude and joy!!!

  22. Kai Lin May 15, 2018 at 2:21 am - Reply

    To Joyce – I think the name of the Nobel Peace Prize winner is Rigoberta Menchu.

  23. Marc May 15, 2018 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Very easy and approachable. As a first course, I can only imagine how nourishing the entire meal will be‼️
    M Wise

  24. Marc May 15, 2018 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Very easy and approachable. As a first course, I can only imagine how nourishing the entire meal will be‼️
    M Wise

  25. Karen Moles May 15, 2018 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Great opening talk! The take home message for me is “Incline towards happiness “. To notice tiny slices of joy and happiness in the small things. I don’t take enough time to register the little joyful moments, they pass me by to quickly.

  26. Pete May 15, 2018 at 4:02 am - Reply

    the struggle is necessary for growth — thank you!!

  27. carol knaap May 15, 2018 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Excellent talk , put so simply with great tips .Thankyo

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  29. Máire May 15, 2018 at 7:43 am - Reply

    Quite inspiring, thank you

  30. Virinder K Seth May 15, 2018 at 8:06 am - Reply

    A true source of mindfulness is the realization that whatever we do daily in our lives is impermanent like making money, getting married, having kids etc. This is our responsibility and must fulfil it. But we must remember that these are not permanent and they will keep on changing every moment. So what does it mean.? It means that since you are in this world you are obligated to do your part. But all these actions will give you joys and sorrows but will not give you mindfulness and permanent bliss and happiness You need to detach yourself emotionally from these activities but still do your duty as a father, mother, son and daughter. People would say that how can we emotionally detach our selves from our mates, our kids and still love them. Yes, you can. You can love them but you cannot have any expectation from them.
    All your dear ones are with you for certain period of time. They were never there before you were born nor they will be there after you die. So anything impermanent can you joys but not the permanent happiness. True Happiness is a permanent bliss in your heart which is not affected by the outside factors. So we need to keep our worldly activities to the minimum and devote your extra energies to mindfulness

    Remember, the mind can take one thing at a time. Give it worldly activities or keep it clean to receive something permanent. Life is extremely short and you get this after a great struggle. Please fulfil your responsibilities but do not crowd it with meaningless activities.

    Good luck

    • Jasmin May 15, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      A week ago one of my children goot the news the partner wanted to divorce . In a fw minutes their chikd will be informed. true
      Pain , sadness for the moment no joy

    • Pendalyn Baker May 16, 2018 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you. Beautiful comment and very explanatory and enlightening. Nameste.

  31. Rivka May 15, 2018 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Thank you for a brilliant talk. I’ll try to put into my practice some of your principles for happiness.

  32. Elizabeth May 15, 2018 at 8:43 am - Reply

    what a joyful way to start my day.. Hope you all find joy and happiness in the practises today..

  33. Stefanie Wilson May 15, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

    The beautiful/simplistic analogy of the butterfly’s struggle out of the cocoon clearly makes sense in why life has suffering – no pain no gain. Just recovering from a painful knee replacement & am amazed at how grateful I am about my life – Thank you

  34. Tebogo May 15, 2018 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Insightful and practical. Thank you for sharing life long experiences. Hopefully mankind will one day learn to love and live best as one entity

  35. Laurel May 15, 2018 at 10:03 am - Reply

    helped me slip out of a persnickety place
    Into quietude and a sense of grace.

    Thank you

    • Mitra May 15, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Being a word nerd, seeing you use the word persnickety just gave me a slice of joy. Not many people know or use this word. Thank you.

  36. sunita May 15, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Thank you for this power packed talk on joyfulness. His joyous personality and genuine nature left a greater impact. All the analogies were also equally powerful. Loving kindness every few hours …thank you, thank you, thank you!

  37. Wendi May 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Wonderful! Deeply grateful. Thank you.

  38. Barb May 15, 2018 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    For me Chade insight was simple and insightful. I found I could relate to his analogies and insightful wisdom on how to obtain more joy in my life. I did find I had difficulty hearing some of the talk. However, I hope to go back and read it as well. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

  39. Geri deGruy May 15, 2018 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Lovely! This really blessed me.

  40. AZPJ May 15, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Chade-Meng Tan, for this! Such a practical, straightforward explanation of something I was finding a bit complicated… it would appear that being mindful is not complicated after all. I truly appreciate the explanation of the Baseline concept. What a revelation to suddenly have justification for why I’ve been feeling so calm and content upon waking up in the morning, when my default state of mind was always anxiety. Your joy is contagious sir 🙂

  41. Vanna May 15, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Been meditating for 5 yrs with guidance from my Qigong instructor, love the Buddhism references in this talk, my first time listening to Chade and absolutely love his presence! Thank You!

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  43. Kate Clifford May 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Your teaching is astoundingly timely.
    My beloved husband is nearing his last breath, my emotions a “roller coaster”
    Even as a long time meditator, you have either reminded me or given me new methods to inner peace.
    My heartfelt thanks, I feel so blessed and grateful…..
    Thank you for this wonderful miracle!

  44. Cristina May 15, 2018 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Very beautiful, and made more stirringly powerful with the use of simple yet evocative analogies which make the lessons most effective. In the throes of a present deluge of crisis after crisis, Mr. Chade-Meng Tan’s lecture is certainly heaven-sent!! While his lecture greatly helps in coping, it also affirms and crystallizes certain ideas for an uplifting, stronger mindset. Thus, where there is darkness in confusion, Meng illuminates. His words shed light and clarity to confidently walk the road of life again equipping us pilgrims with better tools of mindfulness, calm, joy, inner happiness and loving kindness for peace within ourselves and with others.

  45. Christine May 15, 2018 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful way to start my day. I have been struggling with joy and happiness my entire life. My mind goes to the adage “good only exists in the absence of bad” meaning I have felt that life is about constantly overcoming bad. The 30 minutes I have just spent listening to Chade-Meng Tan gave me a new practice that I can easily incorporate into my day. Today, after spending 10 minutes working on the 3 practices, I felt more joy than I have in many years. The beauty of it is, my husband is also going on this journey with me and we can now practice being calm more joyful, kindness and compassion with each other. Thank you!

  46. Ria Tanz Kubota May 15, 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Inspiring, accessible, and kind talk. Thank you!

  47. Becky Euvelex May 15, 2018 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    I could not understand this speaker I am not use to his speaking accent WITHOUT PREJUDICE

  48. Biljana May 15, 2018 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Baseline happines is such a simple but profound concept. Thank you for such a great reminder as to why I embraced Buddhism.

  49. Leona May 15, 2018 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    I was thinking I don’t know if I’ll be able to listen to all and keep up this pace.. I am so grateful I took the time. I really had to concentrate and pause the tape several times to make sure I didn’t miss a single pearl of wisdom. This truly has been the most uplifting, beautiful and practical information I have encountered. It doesn’t take away from the many wise speakers I always look forward to listen to. Thanks to all for what is the beginning of what looks like a great week to come.

  50. Sandra Rae May 16, 2018 at 12:05 am - Reply

    i have taught ESL to a few Phillipino students with the same wonderful lilting accent, and gigantic smile. I don’t know if this is his ethnic background. He made difficult concepts seen simple and accessible. Thank you

  51. Nyssa May 16, 2018 at 1:48 am - Reply

    Thank you for this talk. I could especially relate to your thoughts on the duality of pain and joy, that they co-exist and can not cancel each other out. I also could relate to the idea that a certain level of struggle is essential for growth. When I’m going through hard times, I remind myself to try and ‘trust the process’. I will try and focus more on the little slices of daily joy to enhance my natural happiness.

  52. Nathalie St-Jean May 16, 2018 at 3:16 am - Reply

    So precious, profound!. I’m inspired and lifted to commit to practice throughout the day Joy on the Spot. Very Grateful for all this abundance.

  53. Julia Lamb Tod May 16, 2018 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Powerful teaching! I love the three actions: calm the mind, incline the mind toward joy by noticing little slivers of joy in my day, and loving-kindness practice. I’ve been physically very unwell for many months which has lead me into being in a bad mood with all things spiritual; I do take my seat, frequently without enthusiasm, and always get up with a sense of some relief of my suffering. These three practices feel like they will help relieve the suffering more. _/\_

  54. Kazi Nasrin Siddiqa May 16, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Very happy to know about Baseline Happiness and its all about culturing your mind. Really feeling nothing bring everything, source of all happiness. Thank You!

  55. Latha Hapugoda May 16, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    My gratitude and appreciation to Chade Meng Tan for such an inspiring unique and joyful presentation with simply delivered facts to remember easily. Thank you to all organizers for bringing him into this course. .

  56. Maya May 16, 2018 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Mindfulness made simple with concrete practices that can be done anywhere. Wonderful, understandable analogies! Thank you!

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