Dada Nabhanilananda Keynote Speaker
aka The Monk Dude, is a yoga monk, a meditation instructor, an author, a keynote speaker, and a musician.
Born in New Zealand in 1955, he was ordained as a monk in India in 1979 where he studied under the great spiritual master, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. He has clocked up more than 40,000 hours of meditation and performed and spoken in more than 40 countries, including in Brazil in 1992 where he appeared on stage with the Dalai Lama before 10,000 people.
Dada started playing music at the age of four. He has recorded eight albums, won five international songwriting awards, and has performed or recorded with a number of notable musicians including Paul Winter, Premik Tubbs (from Santana and John Mclaughlin bands) Harry Williamson (from Gong) & the late, great Daevid Allen (founder of Gong and Soft Machine).
Dada’s book on meditation,
Close Your Eyes & Open Your Mind,
is used by meditation teachers all over the world. It is available in twelve languages and has evolved into a whole array of audio programs, workshops, and online teaching programs.
In 2015 Dada published a comic fantasy novel,
Real Dragons Don’t Cry.
As a creative writer and musician, he has always been fascinated by the creative process and how meditation can help us tap into our creative faculty.
Dada currently lives in Northern California. For four years he taught a course at UC Berkeley, titled,
Meditation – A Technology for Conscious Evolution.
These days he consults and speaks on Meditation, Creativity, and Unconscious Bias for organizations including Apple, Google, CISCO, and Facebook.
He has co-founded two companies: