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How to stay Zen in the heart of the Storm: Finding Calm and Mindfulness in Times of Pressure

Cultivating courage and fearlessness, becoming unshakable as we learn to relax and get in touch with the place of inner stillness and wisdom in each of us. Talk and interactive meditation event.

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19 May 2023 - 19 May 2023

Friday 19th May, 10am – 2pm

Please join us for this rare opportunity to meet monastics for a talk and interactive meditation event. Cultivating courage and fearlessness, becoming unshakable as we learn to relax and get in touch with the place of inner stillness and wisdom in each of us.

Four Buddhist monks & nuns from Plum Village are visiting Leeds as part of a UK&Ireland tour. They will share their knowledge and experience in a talk, and lead us in a guided meditation, an outdoor walking practice, and a mindful eating practice from the Plum Village tradition.

This is your chance to practise with monks and nuns from one of the most revered traditions of Buddhism, that of the Vietnamese Zen Master and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh.


Friday 19th May, 10am – 2pm

09.15 – Meet our stewards on the Parkinson Building steps if you need help finding the room.

09.45 – Arrive in Room 6 and find your seat.

10.00 – Introduction to the day, a Plum Village style guided meditation, and a talk from the monastics, with Q & A.

12pm: Outdoor mindful walking meditation practice.

1pm: Return to Room 6 for a mindful lunch, please bring food to share.

2pm – Close, Monastics depart.


In the Buddhist tradition Dana or donations are a way of showing gratitude for the teachings offered freely.

In this specific case we are fundraising both for Plum Village.

Read here about their construction fund https://dana.plumvillage.org/ and the Being Peace Centre in the UK https://plumvillage.uk/beingpeace/ .

We heartily encourage you to consider what you can afford (without depriving yourself and your family or dependents) as a donation at the end of this event.

We will be able to accept cash and have QR codes for direct card payments.

Address of Venue & Location

Leeds University Union building, Lifton Place, Leeds LS2 9JZ

We are in room six on the top floor of the Union building. We will have stewards available to help you find it. From Woodhouse Lane, looking towards the Parkinson (main white building) steps, find the access road under the building to your left. Walk as far as the great hall then turn left into the precinct, the union building is to your right – look out for the stewards waiting at the entrance. There are ramps and lifts if you need wheelchair access.

Getting to the venue

Car Parking

Woodhouse Lane car park is a few minutes walk away. There is some local on-street, metered parking.

Bus and Train

The University of Leeds campus is a 20 minute walk from the Leeds city train station.

Bus numbers 1, 1B, 6, 8, 27, 28 and 56 will all drop you off at the Parkinson steps.

How to attend


We offer a range of ticket prices. We ask you to consider carefully what you can realistically afford without depriving yourself and your family or dependents. Concession Tickets are intended for those who are unwaged, have a low household income and/or limited funds available. In offering a range of ticket prices we aim to make the event available to as many people as possible. If you can buy a Sponsor ticket, which is more than the Standard ticket price you will enable someone with less available funds to attend.

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