Saturday, March 16, 2013

Search Inside Yourself Now a Bestseller in Portugal

The Portuguese edition of Search Inside Yourself has just become a bestseller in Portugal.  According to my Portuguese agent José, the most important bestsellers list is the one from FNAC, a major retailer in Portugal, and on that list, Search Inside Yourself debuted at #7.

Thank you, friends from Portugal, for all your support.  As always, 100% of all my profits from this book will go to charitable causes.

Update (2013/03/22): It's at #4 this week.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Gavin Newsom Searches Inside Himself

I had a lot of fun eating lunch today with the Lt. Governor of California, Gavin Newsom.  He is charismatic, intelligent, energetic, witty, and had great stories to tell.  When I had dinner with President Jimmy Carter and lunch with the Dalai Lama, my dominant experience in both cases was awe, lots of it.  But Gavin is different.  When eating with him, my dominant experience was fun, lots of it.

Anyway, I gave Gavin an autographed copy of Search Inside Yourself.  He quipped, "I didn't get the Dalai Lama to endorse my book!"

(Thanks to my friend Eric Zuckerman for the photo.  Also, see Gavin's new book, Citizenville.)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Conversations on Compassion with Meng

On November 29, 2012, I spoke at Stanford University as part of their Conversations on Compassion series.  The host and moderator is my dear friend Jim Doty, with whom I co-founded Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (with two of our other friends, Wayne Wu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama).

A good friend who attended the talk told me it was very successful.  I asked her how she knew.  She said very simple: huge lines formed outside the restrooms just after the talk ended.  I thought maybe the audience just fell asleep during my talk, that's why they all needed to go right after I'm done.

Anyway, here is the YouTube video:

Friday, March 1, 2013

Search Inside Yourself Class Content Freely Available

As part of our commitment to make Search Inside Yourself available to all, we (the early instructors) taped ourselves delivering all the classes.  The videos are now freely available at the link below:

We understand that there is a lot more to taking Search Inside Yourself than watching lectures and doing exercises in front of your computer.  Some of the other important elements of the class are:
- Doing pair / group exercises and having meaningful conversations with others.
- Being able to ask questions and get timely, personalized answers.
- Having access to qualified teachers.
- Being in a community with other dedicated learners and practitioners.

In the following months, my team at the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) will try to create the technology and human infrastructure to deliver those elements at scale.  Stay tuned.

Oh, if you only have one hour to spare, here is the "CliffsNotes" version of the class:

And, yeah, the book, for those interested: