Joy On Demand Longlisted for the 800-CEO-READ Awards!

Yay! Joy On Demand has made the longlist for the 2016 800-CEO-Read Awards, in the Personal Development and Human Behavior category! About 800-CEO-READ 800-CEO-READ has been in the business of business books since 1984. They are experts at celebrating the history of and identifying current trends in business literature, helping authors navigate book sales and the speaking circuit, customizing books for a specific audience or client, and moving physical books around the country and around the world on a specific deadline. 800-CEO-READ offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in a constantly changing and sometimes chaotic industry. They also...

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On Korean TV News

Wow, I had no idea I had so many appearances on Korean TV news.  A friend recently sent me these video links. http://www.btnnews.tv/news/articleView.html?idxno=29915   (Chade-Meng Tan meets with Korean Buddhists) http://www.btnnews.tv/news/articleView.html?idxno=29970  (Google Meditation Practitioner Chade-Meng Tan Participates in Korean Templestay Program) http://www.btnnews.tv/news/articleView.html?idxno=30005  (Chade-Meng Tan and Haemin sunim talks in Google Korea) http://www.btnnews.tv/news/articleView.html?idxno=30031 (Chade-Meng Tan holds the Creative Management Meditation Forum) http://www.btnnews.tv/news/articleView.html?idxno=30064 (Chade-Meng Tan Talks with Subul Sunim about Korean Ganhwaseon) http://www.btnnews.tv/news/articleView.html?idxno=31797 (BTN is Official Partner WISDOM 2.0 ASIA) http://www.btnnews.tv/news/articleView.html?idxno=32773 (WISDOM 2.0 ASIA Closes Successfully)...

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Our Eighth Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize

Wow.  Our friend Shirin Ebadi has nominated One Billion Acts of Peace, the campaign I have the honor of co-chairing, for the Nobel Peace Prize.  I am honored and humbled.  Very humbled actually, because in my opinion, we have only just started.  We have now reached 11.8 million acts of peace, which sounds like a lot, but compared to our (very ambitious) goal of one billion acts of peace, we are only 1.18% successful so far.   Still, I am very touched and very grateful for this nomination.  The whole team is.  Thank you for your confidence in us, Shirin....

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Busy Bodhi: Nibbling on Nibbida

I learned an important Pali word: nibbida, which literally means “without finding”, but is usually translated as “disenchantment”.  Buddhist texts compare it to a dog that discovers a bone that’s been exposed to the sun for so long it no longer has any flesh or marrow left.  When the dog first sees it, it gets excited and starts chewing on it. At first, the dog’s saliva wet the bone, so the dog thought it was a juicy bone.  But after a while, the dog finds out that there is nothing in the bone worth chewing for.  Satisfaction is not to be found (“without finding”) in...

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Meng-key Business

So my friends call me “Meng”.  My full name is actually Chade-Meng Tan. (My folks gave me that name because of a famous Chinese legend.) I started using the nickname “Meng” when I came to America and realized that many Americans can’t manage names with more than one syllable. (I never used the nickname “Meng” in my home country of Singapore, as it is also the name of its most beloved orangutan.) Just thought you’d like to...

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Busy Bodhi: How to Get Rid of Distracting Thoughts

When trying to meditate, do you get distracted by “bad” thoughts (e.g., greed, hatred, etc)? In the Vitakkasaṇṭhāna Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya 20), the Buddha gives 5 suggestions to get rid of them…   First, try to replace the bad thought with a good thought (loving kindness, etc), “just as a skilled carpenter or his apprentice might knock out, remove, and extract a coarse peg by means of a fine one.” If that doesn’t work, realize the danger of that bad thought, “Just as a man or a woman, young, youthful, and fond of ornaments, would be horrified, humiliated, and...

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How the Dalai Lama Surprised Me Again

Near the end of my most recent audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, I put my palms together, bowed to him, and solemnly asked, “Your Holiness, what is the most important thing I can do for you and the Tibetan people?” He replied with a huge smile, “When you meet Chinese people, you tell them you met the Dalai Lama a few times and he’s very nice.” “That’s it?” I ask.  “That’s it,” he replied. And then he laughed out loud. I so love that...

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What’s in a Meng?

THE STORY BEHIND MY NAME! My name at birth is TAN CHADE MENG, with the family name coming first, in the Chinese tradition. My name is in Teochew, my ancestral Southern Chinese dialect. In Mandarin, it would be CHEN YI MING (陈一鸣 (Simplified Chinese), 陳一鳴 Traditional Chinese)). Yi Ming (一鸣) comes from the famous Chinese idiom 一鸣惊人, which means “the call of a bird that shakes the world”. It comes from the story of King Zhuang of the Chu kingdom (楚庄王), who was king from 613 BCE up till his death in 591 BCE. When King Zhuang ascended to the throne,...

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