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The life of Klaus M Nielsen is in many ways stranger than fiction. Growing up in an affluent family in Denmark, he had all material opportunities at his disposal. More concerned with who he was than the trivialities of mundane existence, he began programming and hacking computers at the age of 9. This lead to an early career in the video-games and television industry. Meanwhile he would study philosophy and world religions, trying to make sense of his existence.

In his early 20s he had what could be considered the perfect material life: well-paying job, apartment in a popular area of Copenhagen, friends, girlfriends, etc. And he was miserable. Frustrated with the purposelessness of modern life, after a brief stint as an EDM DJ in Barcelona, he decided to give away all possessions and become a renounced monk in India.

In the simple, regulated and monotonous lifestyle of renunciation and self-study, finally he found the happiness and sense of purpose he had been craving since early childhood. He experienced a profound meaning in the principle of selfless service. As the years went by, Klaus began to deliberate publicly on Eastern philosophy and before long he was travelling the world, giving lectures and meeting dignitaries. He initiated the “Ask a Monk” project where he would sit in public spaces, offering street philosophy to anyone who would engage with him. The project took him from Mumbai to Edinburgh, from London to New York, Houston, Harvard/Boston and Venice Beach/California.

Today Klaus is settled in London where he applies his unique skillset in working with executives and business leaders, while also offering pro bono lectures for university student groups and participating in public debates on topics related to modern society, meditation, inner peace and purpose.

Philosophy

The life of Klaus M Nielsen is in many ways stranger than fiction. Growing up in an affluent family in Denmark, he had all material opportunities at his disposal. More concerned with who he was than the trivialities of mundane existence, he began programming and hacking computers at the age of 9. This lead to an early career in the video-games and television industry. Meanwhile he would study philosophy and world religions, trying to make sense of his existence.

In his early 20s he had what could be considered the perfect material life: well-paying job, apartment in a popular area of Copenhagen, friends, girlfriends, etc. And he was miserable. Frustrated with the purposelessness of modern life, after a brief stint as an EDM DJ in Barcelona, he decided to give away all possessions and become a renounced monk in India.

In the simple, regulated and monotonous lifestyle of renunciation and self-study, finally he found the happiness and sense of purpose he had been craving since early childhood. He experienced a profound meaning in the principle of selfless service. As the years went by, Klaus began to deliberate publicly on Eastern philosophy and before long he was travelling the world, giving lectures and meeting dignitaries. He initiated the “Ask a Monk” project where he would sit in public spaces, offering street philosophy to anyone who would engage with him. The project took him from Mumbai to Edinburgh, from London to New York, Houston, Harvard/Boston and Venice Beach/California.

Today Klaus is settled in London where he applies his unique skillset in working with executives and business leaders, while also offering pro bono lectures for university student groups and participating in public debates on topics related to modern society, meditation, inner peace and purpose.