Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk and bestselling author who specialises in teaching non-religious mindfulness and meditation in a corporate setting as well as at festivals and events.
His debut book ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’ has been a huge success: #1 best-seller on Amazon, Top 10 Sunday Times Best Seller and second bestselling Mind, Body and Spirit book of 2019. It is now published in 13 countries worldwide, including the US.
Thubten also wrote a book with Ruby Wax and a neuroscientist, and had taught meditation at Google, LinkedIn, and even on the set of the Dr Strange movie.
He has spoken at major festivals such as Womad and BST in Hyde Park. Runs 3 mediation centres in the UK which are open to everyone, regardless of background or religion. Please check out Thubten on ITV’s This Morning here. Media savvy and has appeared on several podcasts including Deliciously Ella (who he has also created content for) and Fearne Cottons ‘Happy Place’ here. Thubten was recently asked to design courses for the United Nations and they published a blog post by him, which you can read here. Here is a conversation he had with Annie Lennox on Annie’s Instagram channel. Between December 2021-January 22, Thubten featured on a BBC Radio 4 short series which can be listened to here.
Currently, Thubten is finishing up writing his new book ‘Handbook for Hard Times’ – to be released in June 2023.
He’s an interesting, funny, inspiring speaker, who really can adapt to offer something really useful tailored to whoever he’s speaking to from doctors, prison inmates, corporate boardrooms to music festival audiences.
Please watch one of his talks in full here ‘A Monks Guide To Happiness’ YouTube this talk has had over a million views.
I have completely fallen in love with Thubten's outlook on life and his way of creating a genuine sense of happiness. His meditations have been a game-changer too. I really couldn't recommend this book more highly.
Ella Mills, Founder of Deliciously Ella
Think that the advice from a monk would be sanctimonious or unrealistic? Think again. Thubten is thoughtful, pragmatic and observant [...]