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Finding Chade-Meng Tan, “Search Inside Yourself”, and Emotional Intelligence

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A few months ago, I found a riveting 2007 video presentation by John Kabat-Zinn at Google, which I am still in the midst of watching in its entirety. At first blush, his introducer had me shaking my head in my hand over his joke that “For those who don’t know me, my name is Meng. For those who know me, my name is still Meng.” Further listening, though, has Meng calling Kabat-Zinn transformative in his life, including through Kabat-Zinn’s first book, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness.

During the past week, I have found out the following about Meng. I have much to read and listen to about him.


“Happiness is not something you pursue. It is something you allow.” Chade-Meng Tan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_u2JXsLbzU. That sounds rather Taoist.

Last month came Chade-Meng Tan’s Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness. https://t.co/aawj0SuN

Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. https://www.siyli.org/

Chade Meng Tan at Naropa University. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0-tOYWYlTc&feature=related; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms-8-EfpC3I&feature=relmfu; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjDylGB4sBc&feature=relmfuhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjDylGB4sBc&feature=relmfu; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhESyVjJGGg&feature=relmfu . (As an aside, Naropa University was founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who led a very unorthodox life, to say the least, but won and kept the longstanding admiration of such people as Pema Chodron.)

Meng Tan discusses “Search Inside Yourself” at Google. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8fcqrNO7so

Detailed YouTube video on the Search Inside Yourself program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT6GizYQHmc

Meng is a native of Singapore, which has had a very oppressive government for decades. I am curious, then, why the Amazon editorial reviews of Meng’s Search Inside Yourself includes a review by former Singaporean president S.R. Nathan. Is the review included in the hope that Meng’s book will help transform human rights violators into human rights protectors, or to assure that its sale is permitted in Singapore and other countries where censorship and government oppresion is heavy? Nathan says: I applaud Chade-Meng for daring to undertake the writing of a book on Emotional Intelligence, within which lies the essence of knowing oneself. The practices he offers will help improve our lives and in the process lead to a world where greater peace and happiness is possible..

Article on Chade-Meng Tan and how to be happier at work and in life. http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/how-to-be-happier-more-calm-googles-happiness-guru.html . Thanks to a listserv member for posting this link, which led me to learn more about Meng.

Thich Nhat Hanh at Google in 2011, with the YouTube description by Meng. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijnt-eXukwk