Meditation: revolution or tranquilizer? - Open House Talk

with Shastri Tessa Watt

November 4th

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    Room: Main meditation hall

    As meditation becomes more and more popular, what is its wider impact on our society and its challenges? Some argue that meditation supports a change in perspective that can be revolutionary: letting go of narrow self-interest, seeing our connection with the rest of the planet, strengthening our inner resources to fight for what's important. Meanwhile, critics see it as a tool of the status quo, the enemy of activism, a tranquilizer that treats the symptoms of suffering and not the root causes. In this Open House we'll look at the arguments and share our perspectives and personal experience.

    About the teacher
    Tessa Watt has been practising meditation with the London Shambhala Centre for 25 years, and was appointed as a Shastri or senior teacher in 2017. Tessa has had a varied career:  she was a Research Fellow in History at Cambridge University, and then for 16 years she was a Producer with BBC Radio, making documentary features. For the past decade she’s been teaching mindfulness, offering courses for the general public and in workplaces, including many leading companies around the UK. She teaches MPs, Peers and their staff in the Houses of Parliament, and she led an inquiry into ‘Mindfulness in the Workplace’ for the All-party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness. Tessa is an Associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and the author of  A Practical Guide to Mindfulness and Mindful London

    Suggested Donation £10/£7 low wage/£5 concession - however, finances should not be a reason for not participating. The evening is based on whatever people feel is within their inspiration and personal means (the principle of dana, or generosity) - please join us regardless of your circumstances.


    Timings: Arrival & tea 7.15pm, start with sitting 7.45pm, talk at 8.15pm, finish by 9.30pm