How do Buddhism and Conscious Leadership overlap? A few years ago, at a Conscious Capitalism conference in Boston, I met a disarming and charming man. Because the conference had run severely overtime on its schedule, he was given only 5 minutes on stage for the after-lunch slot (traditionally known as ‘the graveyard shift’), but in those 5 minutes Nithya Shanti brought joy to the whole room and lit us all up.
Joy emanates from him and he seems to be illuminated from the inside with a 50,000 watt bulb. I sidled over to meet him afterwards, standing in a corridor, and found myself smiling and feeling inexplicably happy. This feeling lasted long after we said goodbye after only a few short minutes.
I have always remembered Nithya and our paths crossed again recently when I was interviewing conscious leaders for a book I’m writing called Becoming a Conscious Leader: How to Lead Successfully in a World That’s Waking Up. I was interviewing the CEO of an IT company, conscious leader Sudhakar Ram, who mentioned how his company, Mastek, had employed Nithya as a consultant to work with its teams on wellbeing and happiness.
Nithya and I had an excellent conversation, including both his model of conscious leadership and his particular brand of joy-infused wise insight.
Nithya is coming to London in February and The Global Centre for Conscious Leadership is putting on an evening event featuring him as the speaker, on the topic of “The Speed of Life: Lessons on Stillness and Flow.” Nithya will be sharing some of the key lessons he has learned from his journey and the intention is to create an evening of reflection and inspiration as we tap into our collective wisdom and illuminate principles of conscious living in fresh ways.
You can find out more details on booking on Eventbrite here.
Some further information about Nithya:
He is a former Buddhist monk and corporate trainer working in the field of Conscious Leadership around the world. He comes from a solid business background and, in 2001, left his corporate career to be ordained as a forest meditation monk in Thailand. For six years he underwent rigorous monastic training, living with meditation masters in remote forests across South East Asia. Following his inner guidance, he stepped out of the monk’s role to share the timeless principles he has learnt in a modern context. He is both a spiritual teacher and a corporate trainer, committed to sharing transformational principles and practices for peace and happiness.
He leads corporate contemplative retreats and youth programmes in India, South East Asia, North America, Europe and Australia, where he turns ‘workshops’ into ‘joyshops.’ His work has been featured in leading media worldwide and he is on the Advisory Board of Axialent, an international consulting firm specializing in enabling a more conscious culture in business, which developed as an offshoot to Fred Kofman’s book Conscious Business.
To learn more about Nithya’s work and teachings:
Watch: TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BinLZbSBSkE
Read: Website: http://www.nithyashanti.com
Details of the event:
Date: Wednesday, 10th February 2016
Time: 6.30 – 9.00pm
- Networking: 6.30 – 7.00pm
- Nithya’s session: 7.00 – 8.30pm
- Further networking: 8.30 – 9.00pm
Venue: The Library Room, Eight Club Moorgate, 1 Dysart Street, London EC2A 2BX
Price: £25 per person (+ Eventbrite fees of £2.57) = £27.57 (book here)
Drinks and lounge food at the Eight Club are available to order on request on a cash basis.
We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there!
Gina & the GCFCL team