Gelong Thubten

A Monk’s Guide to Happiness

What is the secret to being happy? Does happiness come from outside us, or can it be found within? 

Gelong Thubten, Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author, has always been fascinated by the question of happiness. In his youth he tried to find it through living a wild and extreme lifestyle as an actor in New York. This only led to more unhappiness. Desperate for solutions, he found himself at a Buddhist monastery where he became a monk. After training his mind in intensive retreats - the longest of which was 4 years long- he now helps many thousands of people worldwide, showing them how to find inner happiness and a greater sense of freedom.

In this talk, based on his number one bestselling book ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’, Thubten will explore the nature of happiness and how best to bring meditation and mindfulness into our busy 21st-century lives with simple yet effective exercises.

- Learn practical meditation methods that can help you to choose happiness 

- Discover that you are naturally ‘hard-wired’ for happiness

- Develop greater compassion for yourself and others

- Realise that your mind is never too busy to practise meditation

- Learn how to meditate in micro-moments during a busy day

About Gelong Thubten

Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author from the UK. He was educated at Oxford University, and became an actor in London and New York. In his early 20’s he suffered from severe burnout and a life-threatening heart problem. This dramatic wake-up call led him to join Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Scotland, where he ordained as a monk.

The term Gelong means ‘senior monk’. Thubten’s training over the past 25 years has included spending over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which lasted four years, and he has studied under some of the greatest Tibetan meditation masters.

Thubten is a world pioneer in mindfulness meditation teaching, with over 20 years’ experience working with schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, prisons and addiction centres. He trains staff at major corporations such as Google and Deloitte, and is regarded today as one of the UK’s most influential meditation teachers. He teaches mindfulness to medical students and has lectured at Oxford University. He works with the United Nations to bring mindfulness to local governments, and he taught meditation practices to the lead actors on the set of Marvel’s movie ‘Dr. Strange’.

In 2018 Thubten and the neuroscientist Ash Ranpura collaborated with Ruby Wax on the book ‘How to be Human: the Manual’, and they are currently on a national tour with a live event based on the book. Thubten’s own bestselling book, ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness, Meditation in the 21st Century’, was published in June 2019. Funds raised by Thubten’s work are donated to charity, to establish meditation centres which benefit local communities. Thubten has set up a number of outreach projects, bringing mindfulness to some of the most deprived areas in the UK.

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