Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author. He ordained as a monk 26 years ago at Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Scotland. He has spent over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was 4 years.
Thubten specialises in teaching mindfulness meditation internationally, in businesses, hospitals, schools, universities, prisons and addiction counselling centres. He works with major global companies such as Google, Accenture and LinkedIn, he teaches mindfulness to medical students at the National University of Ireland, and he collaborated with Ruby Wax on her book ‘How to be Human’. Thubten is the author of ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’, published in June 2019.
Tashi Lhunpo Monks
We are lucky to have a cohort of Buddhist monks from The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, followers of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, with us for the duration of Wellbeing by the Lakes. Once part of a great monastery famed for its art, philosophy and music the Tashi Lhunpo monks are now based in southern India – but also travel the world celebrating Tibetan culture.
Attendees of the festival will get the opportunity to watch the monks as they create a colourful Wheel of Compassion sand mandala. This ancient Tibetan art form is exquisaitely intricate and takes millions of grains of sand which are painstakingly laid in place over a period of days. After the creation the mandala will be destroyed and the sand, which is thought to be very blessed, will be put into the River Frome, where the waters carry the healing energies throughout the wo