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Staying Human in a Busy World

Gelong Thubten - Staying Human in a Busy World

Part of Leeds International Festival

This talk will elaborate on how meditation and mindfulness techniques can help us maintain our humanity and compassion in an increasingly busy world.

Many of us would describe our everyday lives as ‘busy’, it’s a badge some wear with pride, we like to be busy and tell others we are. This business can become tumultuous; the demands from those around us combined with the expectations we place on ourselves generates increased and unsustainable levels of stress. Add to this the ever-present distractions of the digital age, the stimuli of a 24 hour 7 days-a-week culture and it is easy to be overwhelmed. However, we can and must combat this for our own good.

Some see meditation as a way of ‘switching off’, but in fact it’s about switching on the faculty of awareness - learning to be present and training ourselves to engage.

Gelong Thubten will explore how practising ‘micro moments’ of mindfulness throughout a busy day can help us to engage more positively with our lives, and he specialises in helping people to bring mindfulness into busy environments.

Ticket price: £12

Follow Gelong on Twitter @Gelong_Thubten

Age restrictions: Minimum age 14. Under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult.

Event Details

9 May 2019 -
9 May 2019
14:30 - 15:30
L19 Cube @ The Village, The Tetley
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Guest Speaker Bio: Gelong Thubten

Gelong Thubten

Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author from the UK. Gelong is a title meaning ‘senior monk’. Thubten was educated at Oxford University, and then became an actor, in London and New York. 25 years ago, at the age of 21, he suffered with tremendous amounts of stress and decided to go to a monastery to learn meditation. Initially planning to only stay a year, he ended up ordaining as a Tibetan Buddhist monk - at Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland, Europe's oldest and largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where he is now one of the most senior monks.

He has spent over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was 4 years (with five months of silence), completely cut off from the world and doing many hours (sometimes 12 or 14) of meditation per day. He has been trained by some of the world’s greatest masters of meditation. He represents an ancient, traditional and authentic training in meditation and Buddhist philosophy, and yet he is able to translate that knowledge into a non-religious format which can be of benefit to people in this hectic modern world.

Thubten specialises in teaching mindfulness meditation internationally, in businesses, hospitals, schools, universities, prisons and addiction counselling centres, and he gives keynote speeches at major events around the world.  He has been teaching for over 20 years.

He is a world pioneer in the mindfulness movement, as he was teaching in these sectors many years before mindfulness became popular.

Follow Gelong on Twitter @Gelong_Thubten

Age restrictions: Minimum age 14. Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.

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