Program Details

Meditation: revolution or tranquilizer? - Open House Talk

with Tessa Watt
November 4 / 7:15 PM - November 4 / 9:30 PM

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 over 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 has taught at SOAS, University of London on their MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. She is the author of  A Practical Guide to Mindfulness and Mindful London. She lives in Balham and has two daughters.  


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

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