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Mind of a Buddha – the meeting of meditation mindfulness and neuroscience

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Mind of a Buddha


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An evening of thought-provoking presentations by leading experts with an energising panel discussion, dialogue and debate… with Willem Kukyen, Jem Shackleford and Serena Roney-Dougal

  • Is it really possible to ‘re-wire’ the brain through meditation and mindfulness practice?
  • Can being more compassionate really improve our mental health and wellbeing?
  • Is there any truth in the stories that Buddhist monks, through the application and practice of 2,500 year old teachings, are able to develop ‘extra-ordinary’ faculties and capabilities?

The festival brings together a clinical psychologist, a mindfulness teacher and a parapsychologist  to present current scientific evidence and research on the impact of meditation and mindfulness on the brain, mental health and our human capabilities.

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gates open 7 pm | event starts 7:30 pm | last entry 8 pm

Willem Kukyen

Willem KukyenWillem Kuyken is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He is a research clinical psychologist, with a BSc in Psychology from University College London, PhD from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Salomon’s Clinical Psychology Training Programme. Professor Kuyken’s work is focussed on mood disorders and evidence-based approaches to mood disorders. His research and teaching focus primarily on mindfulness-based approaches, compassion and individualizing evidence-based therapies through collaborative case conceptualization.

He was awarded the May Davidson award for clinical psychologists who “have made an outstanding contribution to the development of clinical psychology within the first 10 years of their work as a qualified clinical psychologist.” Professor Kuyken’s research has been supported by the National Institute for Health Research, Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, NHS and Medical Research Council.

Willem’s book “Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology”, written in collaboration with renown Buddhist teacher, Christina Feldman will shortly be published.
Jem Shackleford
Jem ShacklefordJem has been practising meditation for many years and teaching mindfulness for over five.  He has personal experience of the effectiveness of mindfulness practice in helping to alleviate stress and improve general wellbeing.  Jem delivers a range of mindfulness courses to the general public both privately and in the NHS.  With a  background in secondary schools he is a lead trainer for Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) .b programmes successfully deliver sthese programmes in schools to a range of students and the adults who care for them.   Keen to contribute to the research evidence on mindfulness he is currently researching which key elements of mindfulness teaching have the most impact through Bangor University in partnership with Exeter, Dublin and Oxford. 

Serena Roney-Dougal
serena roney-dougalSerena, a parapsychologist, was invited to do some research into the teaching that, as we advance in our meditation practice, so we become more aware and sensitive at a psychic level. For 6 years she worked, first in an ashram with yogis, and then in various Tibetan monasteries in India with Tibetan Buddhist monks. The research involved working with beginners in meditation through to lamas who had been practicing for up to 40 years, and involved living in Dharamsala, a Tibetan Monastic University in South India and to a remote valley in Ladakh, high up in the Himalayas.

During this time Serena learned about the spiritual practices, philosophy, folk traditions and life style of the Tibetans in exile and still living their traditional way of life in Ladakh. On four occasions she was able to attend teachings by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, which completely transformed her personal practice. 

Serena wrote her PhD thesis on Parapsychology at Surrey University, and is the author of “Where Science and Magic Meet” and “The Faery Faith.” She has spent over 40 years studying and experiencing scientific, magical and spiritual aspects of the psyche, and has lectured and taught courses, seminars and workshops in America, Japan, Europe and India. She has now retired to her home in Glastonbury where she enjoys chopping wood and digging the earth.


June 7
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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01458 831154


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