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Nourishing Compassion in Health & Education

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University of Leicester Medical School

Centre for Medicine

Lancaster Road

Leicester

LE1 7HA

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"The first step is to come back to yourself—the way out is in." Thich Nhat Hanh

As Clinicians and Educators - how do we nurture the compassion we aspire to in ourselves and in our students ?

This unique workshop brings together old and new and shows us a way - by coming back to ourselves.

Leicester Medical School, Warwick University and the University of Buckinghamshire Medical School have been at the cutting edge of introducting mindfulness to a whole new generation of clinicians.

Thich Nhat Hanh, considered by many to be the father of "Western mindfulness" has spent a lifetime developing and teaching practical mindfulness tools to millions of people all over the world. Although 90 year old Thay (as his students call him) is no longer able to travel, his monastics continue his work. This September we are privileged to have senior monks and nuns visit from Thay's Plum Village centre in France and share their time and presence with us in Leicester.

We warmly invite you to join us in this journey of transformation of our entire beings — body, mind, heart, and brain - so we can be instruments of learning and compassion, moment by moment.

Program Description:

- Introductory Session in Lecture Hall
- Short Break
- Break Out Groups : practical workshops on mindful walking, mindful sitting and deep relaxation

We look forward to seeing you there ...

The Organisers

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Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

No. However the day is aimed primarily for people working in health care and education.

Will the program be completely "Buddhist" ?

No. Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the gurus of medical mindfulness sums it up best in his introduction to Happy Teachers Change the World : "Although the authors are clearly and unapologetically grounded in an ancient and venerable Buddhist tradition ..., they have gone to great lengths to frame their work in a universal, wholly mainstream, and secular way."

Which is how we see the day - grounded in tradition, universal and secular.

What about food ?

The program includes a break for mindful snacking (snacks will be provided.) Lunch is not included but you are invited to bring a vegetarian packed meal with you if you wish. Weather permitting we will go to the neighbouring park for a picnic lunch.

(We request the food you bring is vegetarian out of respect for our monastic guests. It doesn't have to be vegan.)

Can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Yes, we would love to hear from you. Please email : pro.mukherjee@nhs.net

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