On July 6, 2015, the Dalai Lama turned 80 years old. People love to celebrate 80th birthdays, much more than 75 (why is that?), so it was clear to all that there would be a big worldwide observance.
Mindfulness has gone mainstream and nowhere is it more popular than Silicon Valley. The tech world has embraced mindfulness as a kind of mental fitness and productivity tool. Many of the leading companies offer various mindfulness programs to all their employees, meditation rooms are now common, so meditation is now way out of the closet. So it was exciting to work on the June 2015 tour for Matthieu Ricard’s new book, Altruism.