What does it mean to be alive? Join author, world traveller and TED sensation Pico Iyer for a life-affirming investigation into the human condition.

Pico Iyer has dedicated his life to the answering the great questions of human nature.

A friend and biographer of the Dalai Lama, keen observer of the human spirit, and global citizen with roots in England, the US, and India, Pico has learned to cultivate stillness and steadfastness in the whirlwind of the world. His novels, non-fiction and wildly popular TED talks remind us that true wisdom lies not in knowing everything, but learning to accept and find beauty in how little we can ever truly know.

Inspired by the wisdom of the cultural traditions in his adopted home country of Japan, he joins us for a lyrical meditation on the impermanence of life. Following the unexpected death of his Japanese father-in-law, Pico began to grapple with the question we all have to live with: how to hold onto the things we love, even though we know that we and they are mortal.

This moving talk serves to remind us all never to take anyone, or anything, for granted.


Praise for Pico Iyer

The acclaimed travel writer and journalist meditates on the impermanence of life. Like many others, Iyer reveres the beauty and portent of autumn. . . Throughout the narrative, the author mixes musings on the ephemerality of existence with scenes of quotidian life. . . a thoughtful work with many poignant moments. . .“–Kirkus Reviews






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