Happiness is all in your mind: Gen Kelsang Nyema at TEDxGreenville 2014



Simple, profound truths are the realm of this Buddhist nun. Her message? The gift of happiness truly lies within our own hearts and minds. Gen Kelsang Nyema, exuding a peacefulness that immediately connects with the audience, starts by asking three questions: Are you having a good day? Why? Tomorrow, would you rather have a good day or a bad day? She teaches that we cannot put our happiness at the whim of other people and of circumstances. If we want to be happy, we have to “stop outsourcing our happiness to other people” and cultivate a source of inner peace. What happens next is quite astounding. The whole crowd of 350+ people proceeds to meditate with Nyema. There’s a little squirming at first, but as she leads the audience through a calm citation of how to rest the mind, audience members feel a collective relaxation flow into the room and through the people. Fascinating! Refreshing.

This talk was part of TEDxGreenville UNZIPPED, held April 11, 2014, at the Kroc Center in Greenville, South Carolina. For more information about Gen Nyema and her co-presenters, please visit

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38 thoughts on “Happiness is all in your mind: Gen Kelsang Nyema at TEDxGreenville 2014

  1. The moment you wish for things to be different than they are, it is like releasing a toxin far more deadly than cyanide.

  2. This nun is a part of the The New Kadampa 'Tradition'. This is a new Buddhist group that are only allowed to read the books of one teacher. Their teacher was the main force behind the protests on the Dalai Lama and by consequence the Tibetan community in exile. They never meet their 'guru'. No one knows where he is or how he is doing. There is a growing number of people who call themselves Kadampa Survivors. People who have lived and worked in the NKT and for many reasons have been left out to dry. This new group do not open dialogue with the survivors they attack them. For example: Dr Michelle Haslam left the NKT and started to raise awareness of Thier conduct so they wrote to her boss and lost her her job and attacked her credibility by putting up a whole website dedicated to undermining her. This was taken down after an international cult hunter, Bee Scofield did an article on the NKT and what they had done.
    TED really need to think about the kind of people they give a platform too. This group is also under constant scrutiny from INFORM. Reuters did an article claiming that the Dalai Lama protests were also connected to China.
    Be careful people.

  3. I learn From her that to be happy is a stage of mind. It doesnt have to be what is happening outside.

  4. The impact of this soft sentences and the way she delivers it, much bigger than those who use very strong n powerful way at stage. I play this video many times and still I love to hear these all again n again… i try to find other video of her but can’t find …

  5. Do you want to have a good day…people will always say yes. However, Do you want someone else to have a good day…the answer will not always be yes. It will be selective.

  6. Are you having a good day ?

    Why ? Why you ‘re having a good day ? Or
    Why are you having a bad day ?

    Tomorrow, would you rather have a good day or would you have a bad day ?

    Would you rather have a hood day or bad day ? On Monday ? Tuesday ? Wednesday ?

  7. awesome intervention. The topic is very important, and Gen Kelsang Nyema expresses it in an exceptional way.

  8. I wasted good 5 minutes. Gotten nothing useful out of this, just because she is a buddhist priestess talking slowly doesn’t mean that she gives out good knowledges.

  9. It really helps me to cope with my social anxiety Everytime I watch this it makes me feel so peaceful and calm

  10. We are very happy to listen to you Venerable Madam (Bikkhunee) as a group, mainly consisting of Sri Lankan Buddhists, we suffer and suffer, yet it's extremely difficult to get rid of it due to our GREEDYNESS!

    May the TRIPLE GEMS BLESS YOU, & We wish you the best of health!

  11. The real prison we live in is the prison of letting others control our freedom and happiness…I can't do this because of what others may think or say about me. I can't do that because I might upset someone…Break free from the shackles of others opinions of you …It's not easy to do, we are programmed from birth to conform to other peoples rules and expectations.

  12. I think I've just been hypnotized…I followed the meditation instructions at the end and I was transported into peace and calm….That lady's voice and her demeanor are seriously chilled .I would listen to her for hours…WOW some buzz and no drugs or chemicals required….

  13. how we are respond this things on happiness or unhappiness ; metal actions is meditation ; concentrate on state of mind.

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