Expert on Focus; Hindu Priest, Entrepreneur, and Former Monk
  • Draws on lessons from both a 2,200-year-old monastic tradition and modern brain science to counter the worldwide epidemic of distraction, offering a step-by-step guide for mastering the fundamentals of concentration to redirect our energies toward positive goals
  • Highly sought-after speaker who is revolutionizing the business world with his practical and simple systematic approach to balancing work/life challenges
  • Offers attendees an understanding of how the mind works so they can create sustainable changes to improve productivity in their personal and professional lives

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Dandapani is a Hindu priest, entrepreneur and a former monk of 10 years. After graduating university with a degree in Electrical Engineering he left it all behind to become a Hindu monk under the guidance of one of Hinduism’s foremost spiritual leaders of our time, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. For 10 years he lived a life of serious personal discipline and training at his guru’s cloistered monastery in Hawaii.

When his vows expired, he chose to venture out into the world making New York City his home. He works with entrepreneurs and some of the top athletes in the world in helping them understand and leverage their mind so that they can be the best at what they do. He does this by empowering them with tools and teachings that have been used by Hindu monks of his tradition for thousands of years. Among his clients are companies such as Fortress Investment Group, ICONIQ, McKinsey, Nike, Comm Bank of Australia, Bloomberg LP, Ribbit Capital, Red Ventures, Sprinklr, AMEX and more.

He and his wife are also passionately creating a 33-acre spiritual sanctuary and botanical garden in Costa Rica to further their mission.

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Unwavering Focus | Dandapani | TEDxReno

Unwavering Focus Part 1

Probably the most popular of all his presentations, Dandapani’s TEDx talk on Unwavering Focus has more than 4.9 million views on YouTube. This presentation, Part 1, is about learning the fine art of concentration. First, Dandapani teaches how the mind works as he was taught in the monastery by his guru. Then, he teaches you how to concentrate, as opposed to just telling you to do so. Finally, he teaches you how to develop willpower, the mental muscle you can use to help you stay focused. His pragmatic exercises for actually practicing concentration throughout the day help you develop a sustainable state of focus.

Unwavering Focus Part 2

The second installment of Unwavering Focus is a deep dive into the study of the mind. As Dandapani often says, ”The mind is the most powerful tool we have, yet most of us have never been taught how it works and have never been trained on how to use it properly.” In Part 2, Dandapani teaches three states of mind: how to work with unresolved emotional experiences that are buried in the subconscious and dictate how we act and react; how to cultivate intuition and overcome fear, worry, anxiety and stress; and how to create positive patterns in the subconscious that can assist us in living the habits we want to cultivate.

The Economics of Energy

Another highly popular presentation, The Economics of Energy is based on the premise that we only have so much energy each day and our life is a manifestation of where we invest our energy. The goal, therefore, is to wisely manage and invest energy into the things that truly matter to us. How then do we evaluate who and what deserves our energy? How do we create a budget for our energy? How do we handle energy vampires, be they clients, friends, relatives or family? How do we create kind and simple evaluation processes to see if someone deserves our time and energy? These and more questions are addressed by Dandapani as he shares time-tested teachings and tools to manage life’s most precious resource—our energy.

Meditation & Mindfulness

The true rewards of meditation come not at the start, but rather much later. Learn a step-by-step process to meditation which will help you sustain your practice. This is the same simple, practical and effective method Dandapani learned from his guru at the monastery where he lived as a monk. Among the lessons Dandapani teaches: how to concentrate; how to set up a meditation space; how to sit and breathe in meditation; how to define your meditation goal; and how to harness, direct and concentrate energy within you. One of the by-products of these lessons is mindfulness, because mindfulness comes from a concentrated mind. From your meditation practice, you will be more present, creative and intuitive, and you will bring forth spiritual insights from deep within.

The 50-Year Plan

Where did you come from? Where are you now? Where are you going? In this presentation, Dandapani outlines a clear systematic approach to help you figure out what it is you want out of life. By getting a clear vision of how you see yourself in various aspects of your life 50 years from now, you will be able to create a lifestyle in the present that is inline with your vision for the future. Many people want to learn how to concentrate but then don’t know what to concentrate their energy on. The 50-Year Plan is a great subsequent topic to Unwavering Focus and The Economics of Energy.

Life’s Purpose

Dandapani started speaking about this topic when he discovered that many people in his audiences had no idea what their purpose was in life. In fact, most of them never even considered the concept of having a purpose in life. As Dandapani points out so clearly, most of our day is (or at least should be) driven by purpose. From the mundane to the important, from the habitual to the occasional, all tasks have a purpose. So shouldn’t life have a purpose as well? When you are clear on your purpose in life, you can build your entire life around it.

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