Hi, I’m Matthew Tenzin. I am an artist, interior designer and meditation teacher specializing in the practical daily fusion of meditation, intuition and creativity.
The practices I share are based upon a lifetime of spiritual and creative exploration, decades of meditation, years in retreat as a Buddhist monk, and years of applying intuitive creativity to my work as an interior designer (see HomeHarmonics.com).
Through Daily Flow meditations and courses, I help fellow creatives calm their mind, connect with the peace and clarity of higher guidance and release the blockages to sharing their unique creative magic with the world.
I have always been a free-spirited and creative person, but as a struggling art student in my early 20’s, I found myself depressed and creatively blocked. I was living in a run-down industrial area of Chicago, and there was violence, poverty, and homelessness all around me. I wanted to make a difference, to paint, write and make things with meaning and beauty, but life felt dark and pointless - and so did my art. I didn't know who I was, and I didn't see a place for myself in the world.
At some point, in despair, I prayed for a teacher to show me a way out of the hopelessness I felt. A few weeks later, through a series of synchronicities, I was invited to a public talk by the Dalai Lama. His message and presence had a startling impact on me. Afterwards, outside the auditorium, his car rolled slowly past, and from just a few feet away, he leaned out the window, smiling and looking directly into my eyes.
The gravity of that moment altered the course of my life. I glimpsed such love in his eyes that I simply had to find out what it was that he saw in me - and seemingly in everyone! I dove into daily meditation practice, and eventually, after years of training and preparation, received the full ordination as a Buddhist monk from His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself, in his home in Dharamsala, India.
I spent five years as a monk, including two years in solitary retreat in a remote valley in Big Sur, California. Those years were immensely joyful, although not easy. But eventually, thanks to the blessings and guidance of my teachers, I discovered what I had been seeking: free awareness, a simple shift into the empty, boundless, mirror-like nature of mind. This was the most precious inner jewel imaginable! When applied, it could instantly transform moments of suffering into happiness, confusion into clarity, fear into love. It had been with me all along, but had been too close and too ever-present to see or recognize.
The more I opened to this space of pure freedom and love, the more I found it to be a source of direct intuitive guidance and infinite creative potential. And the more I saw how this awareness could be brought into any activity, the less I saw the need to remain a monk, living in retreat. I saw how my life-experiences and gifts had provided me with a set of skills for translating what I had discovered and creatively sharing it with others.
Now, as an artist, intuitive interior designer, and meditation teacher, I find myself on an ever-deepening and widening path of awakening in the world, in collaboration with the loving guidance of the unseen world. Through online courses and free weekly meditations, I help fellow creatives unlock their inner treasure of free awareness, higher guidance and intuitive creativity, so they can unleash their innate gifts and find their unique purpose, path and place in this world.
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