Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Emma Slade - The Big Shot Banker Who Became a Buddhist Nun

December 10, 2020 Mo Gawdat and Emma Slade Episode 71
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Emma Slade - The Big Shot Banker Who Became a Buddhist Nun
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Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Emma Slade - The Big Shot Banker Who Became a Buddhist Nun
Dec 10, 2020 Episode 71
Mo Gawdat and Emma Slade

Today’s guest is the amazing Emma Slade.

Emma had a highly-successful international career in finance, becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and working as a Senior Analyst in London, New York and Hong Kong for HSBC on portfolios of $1bn+.

Following a life-changing visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, where she was held hostage at gun point, she discovered in herself a yearning to understand the deeper aspects of what it is to be a human being. She put her financial career on hold and began travelling and exploring yoga and meditation. A chance meeting with a Buddhist Lama on her first visit to Bhutan in 2011 led to her becoming the first and only Western woman to be ordained in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan as a Buddhist nun.

Emma founded the registered UK charity, ‘Opening Your Heart to Bhutan’ in 2015, which builds medical and educational facilities to help special needs children in Bhutan. She was given a Points of Light award by the UK Prime Minister in recognition of her charity work. Her first book, Set Free, was published in April 2017.

Listen as we discuss:

  • Islamic fitra and Buddha-nature
  • What is Buddha-nature?
  • Is fear innate or a product of conditioning?
  • The subtle, karmic imprints we are born with, according to Buddhism
  • If we get reincarnated anyway, why don't we just spend our lives partying?
  • Emma's incredible story from banker to Buddhist nun
  • Should everyone become a monk or nun? What other paths are there to peace?
  • Knowing when enough is enough, and what that means for Emma
  • "It's hard to explain how free I feel." - Emma Slade
  • Emma's book, Set Free  and why it was first titled "The Bee that Flew out of the Jar"
  • How quickly after hardships do we learn the lesson?
  • How is lockdown in Bhutan, and how has it impacted Emma' charity work?

Instagram: @mo_gawdat
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Twitter: @mgawdat
LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat

Connect with Emma Slade on Instagram @emma_slade_, on Twitter @emmabhutan, and on her website, emmaslade.com

Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

Show Notes

Today’s guest is the amazing Emma Slade.

Emma had a highly-successful international career in finance, becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and working as a Senior Analyst in London, New York and Hong Kong for HSBC on portfolios of $1bn+.

Following a life-changing visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, where she was held hostage at gun point, she discovered in herself a yearning to understand the deeper aspects of what it is to be a human being. She put her financial career on hold and began travelling and exploring yoga and meditation. A chance meeting with a Buddhist Lama on her first visit to Bhutan in 2011 led to her becoming the first and only Western woman to be ordained in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan as a Buddhist nun.

Emma founded the registered UK charity, ‘Opening Your Heart to Bhutan’ in 2015, which builds medical and educational facilities to help special needs children in Bhutan. She was given a Points of Light award by the UK Prime Minister in recognition of her charity work. Her first book, Set Free, was published in April 2017.

Listen as we discuss:

  • Islamic fitra and Buddha-nature
  • What is Buddha-nature?
  • Is fear innate or a product of conditioning?
  • The subtle, karmic imprints we are born with, according to Buddhism
  • If we get reincarnated anyway, why don't we just spend our lives partying?
  • Emma's incredible story from banker to Buddhist nun
  • Should everyone become a monk or nun? What other paths are there to peace?
  • Knowing when enough is enough, and what that means for Emma
  • "It's hard to explain how free I feel." - Emma Slade
  • Emma's book, Set Free  and why it was first titled "The Bee that Flew out of the Jar"
  • How quickly after hardships do we learn the lesson?
  • How is lockdown in Bhutan, and how has it impacted Emma' charity work?

Instagram: @mo_gawdat
Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
Twitter: @mgawdat
LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat

Connect with Emma Slade on Instagram @emma_slade_, on Twitter @emmabhutan, and on her website, emmaslade.com

Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.