Who is Jay?
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Jay Chodagam is a meditation teacher, TEDx speaker, producer of Peace in the Park festival and SPIRIT Summit conference and host for the Wise Leader retreats. After training as a monk and living in an ashram for 18 years, he is being called to create experiences that combine meditation, adventure and exotic travel.
He has hosted retreats, conferences and festivals since 2004 and traveled to 59 countries with the intention to help people develop SQ (spiritual quotient), to live happy and fulfilling lives, to become successful human BEINGS instead of human doings. Travel has offered Jay more wisdom than his two engineering degrees and he wants to share that.
Where he began...
While getting his master's degree in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Jay came to the realization that a life of fulfillment trumps a life of achievement. His search led him to India where he was exposed to understanding and researching meditation techniques, which had an immediate impact in bringing a sense of purpose and fulfillment in his life.
On returning, he started a meditation club on campus at UT and later a meditation center in Austin. When he relocated to San Francisco, he moved into a meditation ashram where he practiced, taught and lived a yogi life for 14 years.
"Live a life that matters, ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. What will matter is not your success but your significance. Not what you got but what you gave. Not what you bought but what you built. Not your competence but your character"
Jay advocates, through his own life, the importance of slowing down and "being" before "doing". After a successful career in technology in Silicon Valley including co-authoring a couple of books at IBM, Jay decided to step out and travel the world teaching meditation. He has appeared on several TV, Radio and print articles in various countries.