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Registration: 6.30 pm - 7 pm
Discussion/Forum: 7 pm - 9 pm
Chair: Kenneth Mullen MA (Hons), MLitt, PhD, FHEA is senior university teacher in medical sociology in the School of Medicine, University of Glasgow.
Forum Panellists: Sister Ajahn Candasiri, has been active in the evolving community of nuns at Chithurst Monastery, Amaravati Monastery and, more recently, at Milntuim Hermitage in Perthshire; Venerable K Sri Rewatha Thero, Scotland's Buddhist Vihara.
The day will come: Meditation and Sanity
Venerable K Sri Rewatha Thero, Scotland's Buddhist Vihara
The chief incumbent at Scotland's Buddhist Vihara is Venerable Rewatha. (BA , MA, PGDE) 'Bhante' as he is known comes from Dharmapala Pirivena in Belana, Kalutara District in the Western province of Sri Lanka.
Venerable Rewatha has been a monk for 30 years and studied at the University of Peradeniya in Kandy and the University of Kelaniya in Colombo. He is the author of two books on Buddhism and Astral Phenomenon and A Mindful Journey from Birth to Death. He has been running mindfulness meditation classes for local people in Glasgow for 8 years.
Since the Tsunami struck on Boxing Day 2004, Venerable Rewatha has been actively involved in charity work in Southern Sri Lanka. He is currently doing a research degree in Mindfulness Approaches at University of Bangor in North Wales. He also set up the UK's first ever Buddhist College in Glasgow and was recently appointed by the Sri Lankan Monks Council as the Chief Monk in Great Britain. Bhante is also the Buddhist Chaplain/Adviser to the University of Glasgow.
Sister Ajahn Candasiri was born in Scotland and raised as an Episcopalian. After completing a general arts degree at St Andrews she went on to train as an occupational therapist. She was ordained as a novice nun in 1979 at the newly established Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in West Sussex and in 1983 she took the higher ordination there as a Siladhara. Since then she has been active in the evolving community of nuns at Chithurst Monastery, Amaravati Monastery and, more recently, at Milntuim Hermitage in Perthshire.