May 21, 2024 6:30pm

Stories We Tell Ourselves: Laurie Anderson and Scott Snibbe in Conversation

Stories We Tell Ourselves: Laurie Anderson and Scott Snibbe in Conversation

Scott Snibbe | Laurie Anderson



Tuesday, May 21

6:30-8:30pm ET

Hybrid | $35


Take part in a conversation between Laurie Anderson and Scott Snibbe, both new media artists and longtime Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. They’ll discuss how meditations like those shared in Snibbe’s new book, How to Train a Happy Mind, are stories we tell ourselves to support happiness, creativity, and a better world. They’ll both be available to take questions afterward, and for Snibbe to sign copies of his book.

Co-Sponsored with Shantideva Center

*Books will be available for purchase at Tibet House*



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Eager to share the life-enhancing benefits he found in Buddhism, skeptic Scott Snibbe presents this 8-step program that allows anyone to build positive mental habits. Inspired by the ancient Buddhist path to enlightenment yet firmly grounded in modern science, How to Train a Happy Mind is the first mainstream book to show how you can achieve happiness using analytical meditation. Working in much the same way as cognitive behavioral therapy, analytical meditation goes beyond the calm-inducing practice of mindfulness to actively train the brain through easy-to-follow narrative visualizations.

Breaking the path down into concise steps and written in a relatable tone with plenty of references to popular culture, this is the ideal book if you recognize your mind as both the source of your problems and the source of your solutions.


“While Buddhist religion is the spiritual practice that concerns followers of the religion only, Buddhist science and philosophy have shown themselves of benefit to humanity at large, including even to non-believers. … I am therefore pleased to see this book, How to Train a Happy Mind: A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment, by Scott Snibbe, that is geared towards informing the general reader about the fundamentals of Buddhism.”

—from the foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

“This book is a clear, well-lit path through the tangled thickets of psychological and spiritual ideas, tools, and advice—and it takes you directly to greater resilience, happiness, love and inner peace. Honest and helpful, this book is a gem.” – Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Hardwiring Happiness, Neurodharma and Buddha’s Brain

“At last someone gives a simple and clear introduction, for regular spiritual seekers like any of us, to the most important of all meditations—beyond the healthy calm, the deeply transformative analysis to discover the reality of it all!” – Robert Thurman, Ph.D., author of Inner Revolution, Essential Tibetan Buddhism and The Tibetan Book of the Dead

“Scott Snibbe has done a marvellous job of interpreting the timeless wisdom of Buddhist masters for a contemporary audience. How to Train a Happy Mind distills the essential points of classic lamrim (path to enlightenment) teachings in innovative and often humorous ways, including clear and practical instructions on how to begin meditating on these beneficial instructions.” – Venerable Kathleen McDonald (Sangye Khadro), author of How to Meditate

“The real test of a book is whether, when you have finished, you can put it to use in your life. Scott Snibbe’s book passes this test with flying colours—it is specifically designed to convey methods that can be put to use, and it does that with a really impressive clarity.  I’ve found it helpful—I’m paying attention in new ways—maybe it’s better to say I’m giving attention. It feels good. I suggest you give it a try!” – Kim Stanley Robinson, author of The Ministry for the Future and Red Mars


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Stories We Tell Ourselves: Laurie Anderson and Scott Snibbe in Conversation

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 06:30 PM



Scott Snibbe is a twenty-five-year student of Tibetan Buddhism whose teachers include Lama Zopa Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He leads meditation classes and retreats worldwide infused with science, humor, and the realities of the modern world. Snibbe is the host of the popular Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment podcast, and a new media artist whose installations have been incorporated into museums, public spaces, and performances. He has collaborated with musicians and filmmakers including Björk, Philip Glass, Beck, and James Cameron, and his work can be found in the collections of New York MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and other institutions.
Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned – and daring – creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist, she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music.

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