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L19 Cube @ The Village, Brewery Green at The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ, Leeds
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Gelong Thubten: Humanity in a Busy World

This talk will elaborate on how meditation and mindfulness techniques can help us maintain our humanity and compassion in an increasingly busy world.

Many of us would describe our everyday lives as ‘busy’; it’s a badge some wear with pride, we like to be busy and tell others we are. This busyness can become tumultuous, the demands from those around us, combined with the expectations we place on ourselves, generates increased and unsustainable levels of stress. Add to this the ever-present distractions of the digital age, the stimuli of a 24-hour, 7 days-a-week culture and it is easy to be overwhelmed. However, we can, and must, combat this for our own good.

Some see meditation as a way of ‘switching off’, but in fact it’s about switching on the faculty of awareness - learning to be present – training ourselves to engage.

Gelong Thubten will explore how practising ‘micro moments’ of mindfulness throughout a busy day can help us to engage more positively with our lives. He specialises in helping people to bring mindfulness into busy environments and will be doing just that in this special L19 event.

What does it mean to be human?

In partnership with Leeds Beckett University , this Leeds International Festival event will explore the question, ‘What does it mean to be human?’
Such a fundamental question isn’t fully answered with a biological definition. The very things that make us unique (if we are) can be considered from a philosophical, historical, innate, technological or future-thinking perspective.

The world advances at such rapid pace; changes in society, commerce, lifestyles and environments, often driven by economic or technological stimuli, occur much more quickly than we as humans and societies can respond to them. This is generating turmoil as our presence and standing becomes ever associated not with who we are as people, but what we do, how we do it and who with.
Are we losing sight of what it means to be human, or did we never really understand that anyway? More than ever, we are questioning our own behaviour, unhappy or uncomfortable with where it has led us, or where it may be leading humanity.

What does it mean to be human? We are unpredictable and that’s something central to our humanity, after all; does modern life push us into a too-narrow, conformist space dominated by technology, money and other influences? Can, or should, that be resisted, or do we shape these fields for our own, and society’s, needs?
We need to ask insightful questions about ourselves and our communities. For example, have we reached ‘peak tech’ now that we have digital detox, switch off and screen free days? Have we lost sight of the essence of what we want from our life? Have we forgotten how to be human?


Venue Address: L19 Cube @ The Village, Brewery Green at The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ, Brewery Green at The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

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