Transformation in difficult times – with Gelong Thubten

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Date(s) - 18/01/2020
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin


Saturday 18th January 2pm – 4.30

An afternoon of talks and meditation instruction aimed at transforming our response to challenges and difficuties. In particular, the modern pace of life can leave us feeling pressurised and stressed. Thubten will explain stress from the Buddhist understanding as well as from the point of ivew of neuroscience, and he will offer methods for creating greater resilience.

As life becomes increasingly busy, people can find it hard to maintain a daily practice, and they perhaps feel their minds are ‘too busy’ for meditation. Thubten will offer tips for creating sustainable diligence in a stressful world.

There will be a discourse on the effects of technology, social media and the explosion of fast-moving news and advertising, and how these elements have increased our levels of anxiety and insecurity. We will then look at how daily meditation can provide protection, helping keep our minds more independent and less busy.

We will look at how to transform difficult relationships through training in forgiveness.

The aim of these teachings is to help instill a more creative attitude towards challenging situations. If we know how to approach life’s difficulties skillfullly, then those very problems can help us grow and gain more wisdom and compassion.

To book your place on this workshop email or call 01 4537427

Suggested donation €15 – to help cover the costs of bringing teachers to Dublin, please feel free to give whatever you can afford and not let finances be an obstacle.


Gelong Thubten became a monk 26 years ago at Samye Ling, and his training has included spending over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was four years long. He spent many years as the late Akong Tulku Rinpoche’s secretary and assistant, and he teaches at many of our centres. He is based at Samye Dzong Scarborough but he also helps to run Samye Dzongs in Cardiff and near Loch Ness.

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 mindfulness trend had emerged. The approach he uses, as instructed by Akong Rinpoche, contains 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.