The Dalai Lama’sGUIDE TO HAPPINESS
Watch Day 1
This challenge teaches you how to develop that skill with ten sessions devoted to topics like altruism, empathy, and cultivating relationships. Check out the first session below!
Change the way you think about happiness
We’re a culture obsessed with happiness, except we’ve been going about it all wrong. Join us for a FREE 10-day challenge where one of the wisest humans on the planet teams up with a leading neuroscientist to share the proven steps you can take to lead a happier life. In a paradigm-shifting collaboration, our host Dan Harris joins the Dalai Lama, world-renowned educator and researcher Richie Davidson, and ace meditation teacher Roshi Joan Halifax. Together, they'll guide you into the intersection of cutting-edge scientific research and ancient wisdom practices that have been proven to create happiness. You'll come away with tools you can use to start building a happier life.
“The headline out of this extraordinary conversation between modern science and ancient Buddhism is that the brain and the mind are trainable. In other words, happiness is not some unalterable factory setting. It's actually a skill. And over the next ten sessions, we're going to teach you how to train this skill for yourself.”
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"Challenge" has come to mean many things. At Ten Percent Happier we've created meditation Challenges as tools to kickstart, restart, or deepen your mindfulness practice. By joining our Challenge, you're committing to meditating with us daily.
To that end, you'll gain access to penetrating and insightful conversations with some of the most qualified people on the planet followed by a meditation to help you put into practice what you just learned. You'll also get access to a suite of supportive content: podcasts, talks, and additional meditations to train your brain to become happier over time. To help keep you accountable, we'll send you daily reminders to practice and you can also invite friends and family to join you on this journey.
On January 23rd, the Dalai Lama's Guide to Happiness will be available for free as a course in the Ten Percent Happier app. You can download our app and access the 10-session course in our "Courses" tab and enjoy the videos and meditations on your own timeline.
Ten Percent Happier is an award-winning meditation app, co-founded by former ABC News anchor Dan Harris. The Ten Percent Happier app teaches fidgety skeptics (and everyone else) how to meditate, sharing practices developed over thousands of years and backed by science.
Founded by world-renowned neuroscientist Richie Davidson, Healthy Minds Innovations (HMI) strives to create a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world by translating science into tools that cultivate and measure well-being. Its Healthy Minds Program app is available for free at TryHealthyMinds.org.
Dan Harris is a best-selling author, co-founder of the Ten Percent Happier app, and former ABC News anchor and journalist. After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan found meditation and then wrote 10% Happier as a way to convince fellow skeptics to give the practice a shot. Dan grew up outside of Boston and currently lives with his wife Bianca, son Alexander, and three rescue cats in New York.
Richie is the founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds & Healthy Minds Innovations and is the William James & Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is best known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought-after expert and speaker. Time Magazine named Richie one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2006.
Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D. is a Buddhist teacher, Founder and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a social activist, author, scholar, and pioneer in the field of end of life care. She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying and also Founder of the Nomads Clinic in Nepal. Roshi Joan was the Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Library of Congress where she centered her work on the study of compassion. In this challenge, Roshi Joan shares her experience of contemplation, teaching, activism, and skill at distilling ancient wisdom into meaningful meditations.
Yes! The Dalai Lama’s Guide to Happiness is and will always be freely offered through the Ten Percent Happier app. The Ten Percent Happier app offers a subscription to access an expansive suite of meditation courses, guided meditations, and podcasts, but a subscription is not necessary to access The Dalai Lama’s Guide to Happiness.
Of course not! Our host Dan Harris, is a skeptical atheist and the course breaks down His Holiness' teachings into ways we can all understand. At Ten Percent Happier we believe everyone can benefit from the ancient wisdom which has for centuries helped people lead happier lives—so we welcome all religions, all cultural and spiritual backgrounds, and all levels of experience with mindfulness and meditation.