tranquility du jour #146: zen

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Bonjour! Welcome to the 146th edition of tranquility du jour: a guide to bringing tranquility to your every day.

Today’s show menu features happenings and musing on zen, business, and less is more with Marc Lesser.

Workshops + Retreats: Join moi for our next teleclass Bloom into Spring on March 23 PLUS events around the globe: a luxurious weekend of tranquility and creativity at our 3rd Annual Hip Tranquil Chick retreat in a lovely farmhouse not far from NYC March 27-29, a decadent retreat to Costa Rica over Memorial Day, and another tranquility-filled week at Kripalu August 9-14, 2009. All the scoop is on my workshops page.

Featured eco-luxe TranquiliT: Sneak peek at spring 2009!

Featured guest: Marc Lesser
Marc is the founder and president of ZBA Associates, a company offering coaching, consulting and facilitation services. Marc’s skill and passion is assisting individuals and organizations to fully engage with their strength, power, and innate wisdom.

Marc was the founder and CEO of Brush Dance, ( a publishing company that creates greeting cards, journals and calendars, for 15 years. He holds B.A. degree in psychology from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. degree from New York University’s Graduate School of Business.

Marc has been practicing and studying Zen for 30 years and is a Zen teacher in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi, author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. Marc was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years and, in 1983, served as Director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the West. He currently lectures and teaches in both the business and Zen environments. Marc co-leads (with Norman Fischer) Company Time, retreats for business people at Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm.

Marc has been a member of Social Venture Network, a national organization that combines business, social responsibility and spirituality, for the past 10 years and now serves on the SVN Board of Directors. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the San Francisco Zen Center Board of Directors and is a member of the Zen Center’s Outside Financial Advisory Board.

Prior to attending business school, Marc was an executive search consultant in New York City, placing high level finance candidates in Chase Manhattan Bank, Merrill Lynch, and other major New York banks. He also worked for a New York management consulting firm on a project of researching the size and viability of the cellular phone market for AT&T.

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