Conversations towards meaning and purpose

Dr. Chok Tenzin

"Don't invite into your mind the future which is not there yet" - Dr Chok Tenzin Last week I had the privilege of hosting my Tibetan friend and colleague Dr. Chok Tenzin for the first time in South Africa. And what a refreshing experience it was for both of us. With...

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Reinhold Messner on what is important in Life

Reinhold Messner on what is important in Life Reinhold Messner has a passion for limits and was the first to successfully climb the 14 highest peaks in the world. All these peaks are in the Himalayas and he climbed them without supplementary oxygen. In the article...

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Questioning our beliefs

Questioning our beliefs The sound and smell of it all were quite overwhelming but what all this confusion so effectively bring into question, are our personal beliefs. And here I’m not referring to those universal ones like don’t steal, be nice or drink lots of water....

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Living in fear of not being happy

Living in fear of not being happy We all want similar things in life really. Most of us want to be happy, to have nice things, a successful job, people to love, and people to love us. And we chase this in whatever way we think will get us there. I was chatting with a...

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The “real” world vs the “reel” world

The "real" world vs the "reel" world We live in such a conceptual world sometimes. The "reel" world and not the real world as someone once put it. We discuss principles and ideas, we think of the past and the future as if it’s real, and we start believing experiences...

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Learning not to take ourselves so seriously

Learning not to take ourselves so seriously We spent time today at the Survada Foundation’s Swarga Day Care centre in the basement of the Heart of Bhaktapur Guesthouse a few miles outside Kathmandu. This NGO was started in 2006 by Krishna Khaitu, and he has built it...

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Emotional intelligence is an echo

Emotional intelligence is an echo A lot of great research has gone into establishing a solid body of knowledge on Emotional Intelligence ranging from the work of pioneer thinker Daniel Goleman to the views of Howard Gardner. EQ has become a recognized dimension with...

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“Balance” is a verb

"Balance" is a verb We often talk about balance in life and always seem to want more of it. As a general understanding, we therefore refer to rearranging our activities of the day so that we do more of those things we like and less of those we don’t. Now that should...

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Believe it or not

Believe it or not Coming to a place like India, one is crudely confronted with the question of beliefs. Like at the Golden Temple in the Punjabi city of Amritsar, the spiritual home of the Sikhs with their strong beliefs of ethics, morality, and values. And their...

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Gratitude and Happiness

Gratitude and Happiness We arrived back a couple of weeks ago from our 18th journey to Asia. Streetschool has now taken in excess of 200 people to the Tibetan community and Nepal. This has been an amazing few years and I feel extremely blessed to have taken all these...

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Conversations On Meaning – Part 2

Conversations On Meaning – Part 2 We live in a very busy world, often caught on a hedonistic treadmill trying to juggle the pressure of dealing with life around us. Being in constant competition to keep up our performance may lead to a loss of identity as we wear the...

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Conversations On Meaning – Part 1

Conversations On Meaning – Part 1 Here’s part one of this workshop series. A bit long and philosophical but it's important to understand what we mean by meaning before we go looking for it! Conversations on Meaning Course Notes Session 1 In addition, we have some...

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