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Gelong Thubten

A Monk’s Guide to Happiness: Meditation in the 21st Century

Gelong Thubten

Sunday, 29 March 2020

2:00pm

1 hour

Bodleian: Divinity School

£7 - £12.50

Buddhist monk, meditation trainer and author Gelong Thubten shares insights from his Sunday Times bestselling book, exploring how we can learn the skill of happiness.

What is the nature of happiness, and what are our personal and cultural attitudes around happiness and suffering? How can meditation and mindfulness practices help us train our minds, so that we can tap into our innate happiness and freedom? What should we do with our thoughts when we meditate? There will also be an explanation of how to develop compassion as a core value in our practice and our lives. The book helps to demystify the practices of meditation and mindfulness with easy-to follow-exercises, illustrating how such techniques can bring sustainable happiness to our busy lives. It also emphasises the practice of ‘micro-moments’ of mindfulness throughout the day.

Thubten became a monk 26 years ago at Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Scotland, and his training has included spending over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was four years. Thubten provides meditation courses to Silicon Valley technology companies and many other global organisations. He also works with schools, major universities, hospitals, prisons and charities. He trains medical students in meditation at the National University of Ireland. Thubten is considered a world pioneer, as he introduced techniques to these sectors over 20 years ago, before the popularity of mindfulness. His approach places a strong focus on the development of compassion, which greatly enhances the benefits of the training. Thubten previously collaborated on the book How to be Human with Ruby Wax and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, and his own book A Monk’s Guide to Happiness is a Sunday Times bestseller.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming