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CONFERENCE: Mindfulness in Society - Changing the World One Mind at a Time

7:00pm 15 June 2017 - 3:00pm 18 June 2017

Cost: £140.00

Venue: Samye Ling

'Be the change you wish to see in the world' Mahatma Gandhi

'Do all you can, with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are' Nkosi Johnson

£140.00 for all MA Membership members bookable now via the Memberships priority bookings page. To join the MA membership (£10.00 for the first six months)-please click here.

The cost for non members to book the conference is £250.00 (payable in two monthly installments of £125.00) to book please click here.

Once your course place has been confirmed please book your accommodation at Samye Ling by clicking here.

Several decades in, the 'Mindfulness Revolution' (Time magazine) is well underway and we might do well take stock.

The Mindful Nation Report (UK Government, 2015), has called for an across-the-board introduction of Mindfulness in the healthcare system, education, the workplace and the criminal justice system.

As Mindfulness becomes more mainstream it is triggering a critical backlash in the media. Simultaneously it is being practised by everyone - from the armed forces, the UK Parliament, single parents and golfers, to school children and those managing their mental health.

  • - How is Mindfulness changing to suit these diverse contexts?
  • - How is integrity being maintained in this diversification?
  • - What does the future look like as a mindful society?
  • - How can we ensure that Mindfulness training is inclusive and accessible to Everyone?
  • - What is the relationship between mindfully being and compassionate action?

Our keynote speakers – Sharon Salzberg, Rick Hanson, Vidyamala Burch, Paul Gilbert and Lama Yeshe Rinpoche - will pick up on these themes in order to explore the frontiers of Mindfulness and the unique dilemmas that are being thrown up at this tipping point moment in history.

They will be joined by students who have graduated from the MSc that Aberdeen University run in partnership with the MA (with it's USP as Mindfulness in diverse contexts as well as clinical settings) and teachers from the Mindfulness Association who will create platforms for inquiry into the themes of the conference.

We will also have some research results to present on the MA’s Everyone Project that is making the eight week MBLC course available to groups who could otherwise not access a Mindfulness course. Plus some of the MA trained MBLC teachers will be taking part in a poster presentation showcasing the many and diverse areas in which the MBLC is delivered and the benefits that come from that.

The conference begins at 7pm (evening meal at 6pm) on the Thursday evening and will run between 8am and 8.30pm on Friday and Saturday. The conference will finish at 3pm on Sunday afternoon.

The cost is £140.00 for all MA Membership members bookable now via the Memberships priority bookings page.

The cost of the conference for non MA members is £250.00 (paid in two monthly installments of £125.00)
To join the MA membership (£10.00 for the first six months)- please click here.  

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The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
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It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
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In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
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Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
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Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
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