Sunday, 20 July 2014

A conversation with Chade-Meng Tan

A conversation by Stanford University's Charter for Compassion with Chade-Meng Tan, Google's 107th employee and "Jolly Good Fellow", on compassion and achieving happiness and joy in your life. He and Dr. James Doty discussed many things that I agree with and practise too, thereby providing another example in that true happiness is attainable (with firm intention and practice). =)

Just a taster (quoting some of his words from the first 15 min):
The 3 components of meditative practice that leads to bliss/joy*:
  1. Calmness, serenity, concentration. The ability to calm the mind of the mind**.
  2. Insight. Use the calmness of the mind to gain insight through reflection on the self.
  3. Nourishment of the heart -- kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, equanimity.

*though I use these words as a way of conveying a feeling of happiness, do note that this is a form of ultimate 'good feeling' that is independent of circumstances. It is hard to explain with words (language is limiting); one will have to experience it personally to understand this. 
**not a typo. A calm mind prevents turbulent thoughts/emotions from resulting.

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