“Back in the World” - Spiritual Wellbeing Series 1

Wednesday 30 October 18.00 – 19.30

University Of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, ROOM UG04, London, W1B 2HW

In October 2018 David Morris, the University of Westminster's Assistant Interfaith Adviser, began a 9 month residency at Gampo Abbey, a Buddhist monastery on the remote Cape Breton peninsula in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was ordained as a monk and practiced a daily schedule of meditation and service to the community; living by the vows of a novice monastic and learning from the Buddhist nun, teacher and community founder Pema Chödrön.

Having completed this residency and returned to his role as Assistant Interfaith Adviser at the University of Westminster, he has been asked many times how it feels to be "back in the world". In this talk and discussion he will share his experience of retreat / return, and other seemingly opposing notions like discipline / freedom and mundane / sacred, exploring how these categories now feel less distinct than he had previously thought them to be.

He will also be sharing wildlife photos, answering questions (with an open invitation to the daring and critical) and dropping numerous quotes from Leonard Cohen, who spent 7 years living in a Zen Buddhist monastery, along the way. For now, "back in the world", he can agree with Leonard's reflection on monastic life, that “it is a great luxury not to have to think about what you are doing next”.

Event held by University of Westminster Inter Faith Team
Contact University of Westminster Inter Faith Team
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7911 5000 ext 64756 /64778
Email interfaith@westminster.ac.uk
Website https://www.westminster.ac.uk/current-students/university-life/faith-and-spirituality
Venue accessibility Braille signage, Disabled toilet, Hearing induction loop, Large print signage, Step-free access
Event categories Conference/seminar/talk/workshop, Dialogue/discussion
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