The Search Inside Yourself book is the winner of the Annual Axiom Business Book Award and Best Books of the Bay Area. The Search Inside Yourself book and program have been featured in many major news outlets, including the New York Times, USA Today, CNBC, The Economist, Wired, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Washington Business Journal and Huffington Post.

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Dalai Lama

“As human beings we are capable of positive change. Google engineer, Chade-Meng Tan’s book, Search Inside Yourself, creatively blending the ancient meditative practice of mindfulness with the contemporary field of emotional intelligence, shows that to avoid certain kinds of results, you need to change the conditions that give rise to them. If you change the habitual patterns of your mind you can change their resulting attitudes and emotions and find peace and inner happiness.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama


Jimmy Carter

“This a book offering much good advice. I most appreciate Meng’s insight that expressing compassion for others brings happiness to oneself as well.”

Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States


“At the time when so many books are being published on such subjects as “Leadership; Strategy, Governance and other topics”, I applaud Chade-Meng for daring to S.R. Nathanundertake the writing of such book on “Emotional Intelligence”, within which lies the core essence of knowing oneself. The advice and practices he offers will help improve all aspects of our lives and in the process lead to a world where greater peace and happiness is possible.”

S.R. Nathan, Former President of Singapore




Eric Schmidt

“This book and the course it’s based on represent one of the greatest aspects of Google’s culture — that one individual with a great idea can really change the world.”

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google



Jon Kabat-Zinn

“This is more than a book, it is a pathway, with specific exercises and guidance that are profoundly transformative and freeing. Mindfulness Based emotional intelligence is about discovering the full spectrum of who you already are as a person.”

Jon Kabat Zinn



Daniel Goleman

“The Search Inside Yourself course transforms people. In this book, Meng shows that knowing yourself lies at the core of emotional intelligence. This account of testing a mindfulness based emotional intelligence curriculum at Google is highly enjoyable.”

Daniel Goleman



Search Inside Yourself is a treasure house of wisdom and skillful means that can change the world from the inside out! Written with both compassion and humor, this marvelous book brings to all of us strategies that make awakening not only possible but the only sane alternative in our imperiled world. This is a book written for everyone who values emotional wellbeing, kindness, and intelligence. It is also very funny.”

Joan Halifax, PhD


Deepak Chopra

“Combining timeless wisdom with modern science, Chade-Meng Tan has created an entertaining and practical guide to success and happiness.”

Deepak Chopra


“This book reveals a key part of the secret behind the success of Google. It is a touchstone for those of us interested in revolutionizingTim Ryan the many outdated institutions and systems in our country. Whether we are trying to create positive change in education, healthcare, the corporate realm or in our personal relationships, Search Inside Yourself teaches us that external positive change can only happen if we each individually spend time each day cultivating a better understanding our own inner world.”

Tim Ryan, US Congressman and author of A Mindful Nation


Chip Conley

“Full of humor and humility, wisdom and mindfulness, Chade-Meng Tan’s book is a compelling read, but more importantly, it’s a valuable operating manual for living a good life. Rarely have I read a book that’s full of so much intelligence and emotion. I want to be Meng when I grow up!”

Chip Conley, Founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and Author of Emotional Equations


Tony Hsieh

Search Inside Yourself is a practical guide to the fundamentals of emotional intelligence. This book has the potential to change lives and deliver happiness.”

Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of, Inc




John Mackey

“Meng is like a wise and humorous monk who will continue to inspire you for years after you close the pages of his book. Written with the needs of today’s world in mind, Search Inside Yourself offers practical and proven tools wrapped in the gift of timeless wisdom.”

John Mackey, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Wholefoods


Father Laurence Freeman

“Chade-Meng Tan has a voice that modern people can readily listen to: consciousness informed with science. More than that, he has something to say of real importance for our time – that global peace depends on the personal experience that meditation leads to. Old wisdom is presented here with a provocative and startling freshness. The way to enlightenment begins with waking up. Meng is doing this with passion, humor and generosity of mind. This is a book to read, share, laugh with and celebrate.”

Father Laurence Freeman, OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation


Scott Kriens

“There is more to be discovered inside of ourselves than we will ever find by searching anywhere else, and the challenge is in learning how to look. In a simple and plain spoken way, Meng has crafted an elegant invitation we can all use to take that journey.”

Scott Kriens, Chairman of Juniper Networks, Director of 1440 Foundation


Lama Surya Das

“Mahatma Gandhi said to turn the spotlight, the searchlight, inwards. Meng has done it, showing us how to join him in following these peaceful and profound, loving and compassionate footsteps in developing the mindful-based emotional wisdom that can help us be serene and feel in harmony, and contribute to a better world. Practical, accessible, broad and deep; with his Inner Search tools, tips, techniques — and delightful illustrations — our friend has made a truly awakening contribution to this troubled cacophonous Over-Information Age. I heartily recommend it to all those aspiring to self-mastery, attention training and focus, spiritual wisdom, and the joy-path of the wakeful life through everyday enlightened living. Seek, and ye shall find.”

Lama Surya Das


Larry Brilliant

“In this book, you, too can have a vicarious love affair some of Meng’s spiritual friends: wisdom, compassion, and equanimity. Meng shows you where the tools are hidden inside of you, mapping your way with the precise logic of an engineer, encouraging you with the compassion of a long time meditator, and in an ironic twist, seducing you to press “pause” on the incessant drone of technology and modernity in the outside world, just long enough to find joy within you in the ancient wisdom, on the path eternal.”

Larry Brilliant, President of the Skoll Global Threats Fund


Brigadier-General George Yeo

“I began reading his book with a somewhat patronising attitude, like an uncle going through a nephew’s writings. As I leafed through the pages, I found myself sitting up, poring over the words more carefully and reflecting on what he had to say with increasing seriousness. When I visited Qom a couple of years ago, a Grand Ayatollah gave as his parting words to me: May you find what you seek. I have long thought about what the Grand Ayatollah said. Chade Meng’s book has pointed me in the right direction.”

Brigadier-General George Yeo, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore


“Chade-Meng has written an excellent book which should be read by everyone. This great work restores emotional intelligence and its underlying traits: compassion, awareness and empathy, or at least underscores the need for these attributes in our society. It is no surprise that the best venture capitalists and entrepreneurs I know all possess the attributes which Chade Meng alludes to. In my opinion, this is one of the best works ever in personal development and a refreshing change from so much verbage out there in other works. Read this book, and it will profoundly change your life.”

Tan Yinglan, Author, The Way Of The VC: Having Top Venture Capitalists On Your Board and Chinnovation: How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World.