Samten Girish Mayya (previously known as C G Mayya) is the author of Discover Your Free Mind, published in the United States and available through Harvard Book Store and on Amazon. He conducts workshops, and retreats all over the world on topics of Self-inquiry, inner transformation, psychological and emotional well-being, based on the principles of Meditation and Mindfulness practices.
For over 15 years Samten trained in various monasteries belonging to the traditions of Indian Yoga/Vedanta & Buddhism. He has lived in US, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal & India. He also participated in several intense silent retreats, lasting from 10 days to Two years. Check this interview that profiles part of his journey. His first name Samten, given by his Tibetan teacher, stands for meditative concentration.
In 2015-16, he assisted in research studies with couple of US universities on the effectiveness of meditation and mindfulness on the brain and its application in healthcare for physical and mental wellbeing. During this period, he was also the subject of various experiments carried out by neuroscientists on his brain, as a sample of advanced practitioner (whom the research concluded showed better stress regulation than the majority)
Presently based in India, he leads regular workshops and retreats and speaks regularly on Mindfulness and Non-dualism. He has conducted workshops at Ashmayu Yoga, Pyramid Valley International, Soul Trends, and at various locations in Bengaluru & Mumbai. He also runs Mindfulness programs at schools, particularly for teens and teachers looking for improve attention and regulate emotions; and for corporates and individuals seeking to manage stress and improve overall productivity.
Being a global citizen and having lived both in East and West, Samten blends ancient Eastern wisdom with Western philosophy in his teachings and writings. He continues to live a life committed to simplicity, inner freedom and self-inquiry, taking time for personal retreats and study.