My Path To Becoming A Buddhist | Emma Slade | TEDxSevenoaksSchool

Emma Slade, author or ‘Set Free’ and founder of the charity ‘Opening Your Heart to Bhutan’, talks about her path to buddhist, and the situation in which she found herself which caused this change. Emma was previously a successful investment banker and talks about the dichotomy between her current life and her previous occupation, and how this has allowed her to view the world in a fresh light.

Emma was born in Kent and was educated at universities in Cambridge and London. She had an exciting international career in finance which she committed to with mental drive and a tasteful selection of suits. But a deep seated desire to enquire into the deeper aspects of what it is to be a human being was brought to the surface following a life-changing visit to Jakarta, Indonesia. She resigned from her financial career and began travelling and exploring yoga and meditation. Since then she has taught yoga and meditation for over 15 years and continued to deepen a life – long interest in Buddhism.

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22 thoughts on “My Path To Becoming A Buddhist | Emma Slade | TEDxSevenoaksSchool

  1. What tickles me about western men and women is that they decide to become monks in their late 50s and 60s and so on in their elder years after they've lived their younger lives partying and enjoying life,then they make the big decision. It's very different in Buddhist countries when they do it at a very young age 20s and less even.

  2. Buddhism was spread by king Ashoka in India from Afghanistan to Shri Lanka and abroad 😊. However, Islamic conversion destroyed everything in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Forcefully converting them to Muslims. I hope these noble people are safe always.

  3. Youed tube only presents the monk's way.   You can also practice the non monk's way.  Sitting in a temple on top of some mountain or deep in the jungle will get you nowhere.  You are abandoning life and not embracing it.  YOu must get right into the dirt and grime of the city.  The noise etc.  A baby just cried, a car horn just honked, all is at it should be.

  4. HINDUNISM (open ideology) religions into two main philosophical branches of astika, which venerates Veda (six orthodox schools ) and nastika  (e.g., Buddhism, Jainism, sikhism, etc.). However, both branches shared the related concepts of Yoga, saṃsāra (the cycle of birth and death) and moksha (liberation from that cycle)…thanks indus vally to give our  ancestors valueble info to nxt generations..

  5. She is one True Inspiring Soul ….Her Smile Tell it all happy her decision was … Respect for all she did ….Her Sacrifice her devotion is beyond anyone's
    atleast not easy for people like us as a lay People takes a Lot to go on a Path like that away from Cities… Families….Love ones ..
    Namo Buddha
    Thank You Ted

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