Many important teachers at Wisdom 2.0 were asked, “What is wisdom?”
Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, said “Wisdom is understanding plus experience.”
Daniel Siegel, co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, said, “Wisdom is compassion towards yourself and kindness towards yourself. Wisdom is compassion to others and kindness for others.”
Kelly McGonigal, author and Stanford health psychologist, said that wisdom is seeing clearly.
Kelly’s twin sister, Jane McGonigal, co-founder of SuperBetter, said, “Wisdom is what we discover by tackling extremely tough challenges.”
Roshi Joan Halifax, abbot of Upaya Zen Center, said, “Wisdom is not knowing!”
Scott Kriens, directory of 1440 Foudation, said, “Wisdom is when what you’re doing now is what you’ll be glad you did later!”
Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama‘s interpreter a major figure at The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, compared knowledge to wisdom in an elegant way.
Larry Harvey, founder of Burning Man, spoke about wanting to live longer.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), said, “Wisdom to me is actually seeing things as they are.”
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Note: This article originally appeared on Best Meditation Videos on November 28, 2012. These meditation teachers are so accomplished I thought you would benefit from what they had to say again. Enjoy.