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An Evening With Gelong Thubten

Gelong Thubten will be visiting the centre on the evening of September 6th. Lama Yeshe Rinpoche has asked Thubten to show a slide show which documents Akong Tulku Rinpoche’s creation of Samye Ling, the first Buddhist Monastery in the West, the mother centre of our Samye Dzong.

After the slide show, Thubten will give a talk about meditation and compassion, drawing upon the teachings and example of Akong Rinpoche, to whom Thubten had the good fortune of serving as attendant for many years.

Cost Non-members R80 and Members R60


Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk, meditation instructor and author. Twenty-five years ago, at the age of 21, he ordained as a monk at Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland. He has spent over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was 4 years. He served as personal assistant to Akong Tulku Rinpoche for many years, right up until Rinpoche’s passing.

As well as teaching Buddhism at many of the Samye Dzongs, Thubten specialises in teaching mindfulness meditation internationally, in businesses, hospitals, schools, universities, prisons and addiction counselling centres. He works with major clients such as Google and LinkedIn, as well as many law firms and other companies. His work is often featured in the media, and he is well known for bringing mindfulness into the workplace, teaching people how to integrate it into their busy lives.

The funds from his work go to charity, to help establish Samye Dzong centres in the UK. Thubten is the Director of Samye Dzong Scarborough, and also helps at two other UK centres.

Thubten and the neuroscientist Ash Ranpura collaborated with Ruby Wax on her latest bestselling book, “How to be Human, the Manual”, and Thubten is now busy writing his second book.

Thubten is the co-founder and trainer at the Samten meditation app.

Earlier Event: August 25
The Way of the Great Turning
Later Event: September 15
Lama Tsondru Weekend Teaching