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"Enlightened beings only appear to come and go, making themselves available for a time in this faltering world, but in reality they are never gone. Enlightened beings are always present here and now if you truly yearn to see them."

—From Running Toward Mystery
 

Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi’s first book “Running Toward Mystery: The Adventures of an Unconventional Life” is coming out in April 2020.

The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi

The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is an innovative thinker, philosopher, educator and a polymath monk. He is President & CEO of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a center dedicated to inquiry, dialogue, and education on the ethical and humane dimensions of life.

The Center is a collaborative and nonpartisan think tank, its programs emphasize responsibility and examine meaningfulness and moral purpose between individuals, organizations, and societies. The Center has six Nobel Peace Laureates as its founding members and its programs run in several countries and expanding.

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Bodhicitta is the moon of the mind.
Bodhicitta is the sun of the mind.
Bodhicitta is the jewel of the mind.
Bodhicitta is the nectar of the mind.
– Khunu Rinpoche

 

Running Toward Mystery

"Running Towards Mystery" is not merely a book, but an experience, a biography, a formula for living, and a manifesto for a new kind of exploration of life. Tenzin Priyadarshi writes with the extraordinary conviction and grace that can only come from fulfillment. This book produces a kind of joy -- and a nudge towards curiosity -- that only few books can provide. It is, at the same time, a pathway and a journey. I could not put it down.”

Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of The Emperor of All Maladies

“Venerable Tenzin's story is utterly amazing, told with honesty and elegance. It is very inspiring for anyone seeking the truth of life, or even trying to find themselves. Once I started this journey with him—running away from home as a 10-year old to follow his vision—I couldn't put this book down. I wholeheartedly recommend this touching memoir to everyone.”

—Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

“Enthralling from beginning to end, Running Toward Mystery encourages us all to connect with our deeper and higher self. Venerable Tenzin is a spiritual teacher much needed in our complex world hungry for meaning. And his journey, seamlessly traversing multiple worlds, is awe-inspiring.”

—Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

“In a modern world that is increasingly ‘Disenchanted’ Tenzin Priyadarshi’s ‘Running Towards Mystery’ provides a necessary and captivating narrative of spiritual courage and truth seeking far beyond the veil of our contemporary delusions.”

—Sting, Musician

“An extraordinary monk, Tenzin Priyadarshi is the Thomas Merton of our time. His message is universal and comes as a welcome invitation, in these changing times, to explore the most advanced states of human consciousness.”

—Donald Morrison, Chair of Thomas Merton Centre, Former COO of Research in Motion

“Tenzin’s amazing life story is not simply a stunningly compelling journey of meaning, discovery, and spiritual re-awakening.  It is a story of life.  Everyone – not just people interested in spiritual journeys but all of the rest of us! – should read this book.  Mystery, curiosity, contemplation – these are critical to life and Tenzin’s book will help to bring them into your life.”

—Reid Hoffman, co-founder Linkedin

“Running Toward Mystery inspires and uplifts through profound anecdotes and lessons. In this coming-of-age story, Tenzin shares his brave journey towards fulfilling his destiny. His relentless spirit and honest nature can be a model for anyone seeking peace and purpose in their lives.”

—Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO, Ariel Investments and Chair, The Economic Club of Chicago

“This is a remarkable story of a remarkable quest, filled with insights on leading a life of compassion, discipline, and integrity.”

—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE and ORIGINALS

“Venerable Tenzin shows that the world does not fall apart in the face of paradox and mystery. By fearlessly embracing that ambiguity, we are invited into full conscious living, awake and loving, for the benefit of all.”

—James Orbinski, Former President,  Médecins Sans Frontières

“This is a remarkable story of an extraordinary person - a very unusual journey of faith and commitment - which seems at the same time rooted in the most ancient context and connected to our most modern preoccupations. It gives a powerful insight into contemporary spirituality and living Buddhist culture. ”

—Rory Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Places in Between and Former Member of UK Parliament

The cloud of compassion having incessantly spread forth,
it dispels the two opposites of being and non-being,
A marvel has appeared in the mid-sky- Behold!
O Bhusuku, the own-form of simultaneously arisen bliss!

 

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Losar Tashi Delek! May all be auspicious, joyful, healing and prosperous!

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Thank you so much for all of your kindness and compassion, constantly working for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Thank you for the wisdom and compassion through your teachings today. Grateful!

Happy Losar

His Eminence Samdhong Rinpoche and VTPR at retreat in Chennai, India. They also participated in a panel on Ethics and Wisdom in a Turbulent World held at the Bharati Vidya Bhawan, Chennai. Events were hosted by Maitrim Poshas Trust. ... See MoreSee Less

His Eminence Samdhong Rinpoche and VTPR at retreat in Chennai, India. They also participated in a panel on Ethics and Wisdom in a Turbulent World held at the Bharati Vidya Bhawan, Chennai. Events were hosted by Maitrim Poshas Trust.

 

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We are waiting your varanasi visit .

Well, what about Switzerland? 🙏🙏🙏

Ven Tenzin please come to Hyderabad too 🙏

Or Goa?

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🙏🙏🙏jullay

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Well wishes 🕉 🌹🌿🚩🙏

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Happy birthday, The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi Rinpoche la and many happy returns of the day! 🌸🌞🌈

Happy birthday bhai

Happy Birthday Venerable!

Happy Birthday, Wonderful.

Happy Bday VTP🙏🏼🙏🏼

Wishing you a very happy birthday

Happy birthday! 🎂🎂🎂

Happy birthday, Tenzin La!

Happy birthday! Joy and peace to you

Infinite heart and joy for you!!! A

Happy Birthday - frim LA

Happy Birthday, V.P. Many the coming year bring health and happiness!

Happy birthday Rinpoche!

Happy birthday, Priyadarshi sensei!

Happy birthday !

Tenzin Priyadarshi Rinpoche, happy birthday

happy birthday The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi Rinpoche

Jai Jai 🌹 Well wishez on your Shubh Janm Diwas 🌴 🌷🌼 🕉🔱🙏

Happy birthday Bhaiya🎂🙏🙏

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