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"Most practices we teach have roots in India"

An award winning engineer, an acclaimed author and now a thought leader, Chade Meng Tan has worn several hats over the years. In a chat over email with Hemant Gupta, Meng spoke about his experiments with mindfulness mediation and efforts to spread world peace (Meng is the co chair of the Nobel Peace Prize nominated organisation "One Billion Acts of Peace"). Edited excerpts of the interview

What made you look at the connect between mindfulness and the business environment?

I feel that if even a seriously flawed person like me can benefit so profoundly from mindfulness, I know others can too, and I want to help everybody in the world become peaceful, happy and compassionate. I wanted to start with the workplace, because that is where adults spend most of their waking lives. I quickly realised the implication of doing this. If inner peace, inner joy and compassion become widespread

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