About Gelong Thubten

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. He also 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.

As places are limited, please book on eventbrite so we can reserve your place, with an admin fee of £5.

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Seats can be reserved by paying in admin fee of £5 on Eventbrite.

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