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3’s of One with Chade-Meng Tan of SIYLI

3’s of One with Chade-Meng Tan of SIYLI

3’s of One with Chade-Meng Tan of SIYLI

Chade-­Meng Tan (Meng) is a Google pioneer, award­-winning engineer, international bestselling author, thought leader and philanthropist whose work has received 7 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.

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.


1 – What is an article, book or artwork that resonates(ed) with you, personally or professionally?
This statue of Maitreya, the Future Buddha.  It was probably created in the 1st century CE in Gandhara, in present-day Pakistan.
2 – A couple sentences that describe why it resonates(ed) with you:
The Maitreya represented here is a fully enlightened being, perfect in wisdom and compassion.  He has a halo and an urna, representing his enlightenment.  More significantly to me, he has long flowing hair and a mustache, signifying his worldliness.  He is a worldly being who is fully enlightened at the same time!  I find that idea very attractive.
But wait, it gets better.  Notice that Maitreya is dressed in princely robes and wears the jewelry of a prince, meaning he is very rich.  Best of all, he is physically very fit.  Just look, he has six-pack abs!  How many enlightened men do you know have six-pack abs?  The Dalai Lama?  I don’t think so.
The first time I saw this representation, I was instantly and irresistibly drawn to it.  It represents everything I aspire to be in this lifetime: an enlightened billionaire, one who reaches perfection in wisdom and compassion, with six-pack abs.
3 – A sentence that best describes where you draw inspiration from or what you aspire to be:
When I grow up, I want to be worthy of being in the shadow of the Buddha.

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