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Energising one’s practice - how to improve enthusiasm for the path - in-person only


Teacher: Gelong Thubten
Anyone is welcome to attend this event!


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This talk will explain methods for improving our motivation for meditation practice, and how to strengthen our diligence. True diligence is not to view our practice as a task or a burden, but to approach it with a sense of joyful enthusiasm, born from a deeper understanding of the profound benefits of regular practice.

We will examine our motivation for practice - why we are meditating - and how to upgrade our intentions from simply looking for rest and relaxation, and instead a profound journey of compassion and path to liberation.

These talks are suitable for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, as well as beginners and more experienced practitioners of meditation and mindfulness.

Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk, meditation instructor and author. He became a monk 29 years ago at Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and served for many years as Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche’s attendant and secretary, as well as spending over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was 4 years long.

Thubten is director of Samye Dzong Scarborough and also helps with Samye Dzong centres in Cardiff and the Highlands. He is a trustee of the humanitarian aid charity ROKPA International. Thubten was one of the early pioneers of teaching meditation in universities, schools, global companies, hospitals, prisons and addiction rehabilitation centres. He lectures at Oxford University and for the United Nations, and trains medical students, doctors and nurses in meditation. He collaborated with Ruby Wax and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura on the book ‘How to be Human’. Thubten is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling book ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’ and his next book, ‘Handbook for Hard Times’, will be published in 2023.