Professor Richard King

Professor of Buddhist and Asian Studies Professor King’s research explores interdisciplinary issues in the intersection between religious studies, philosophy, postcolonial studies, the comparative study of mysticism and spirituality, and the study of Asia

From Buddhist meditation to modern happiness and well-being: mindfulness in ancient and modern contexts.


Why has mindfulness meditation become so popular in the early 21st century? This talk will explore the roots of mindfulness meditation in Buddhist thought and practice and consider what issues arise from its transformation into a modern therapeutic technique to facilitate happiness and well-being.

Dav Panesar

BSc (Hons) MRSC MCIM MSc. Consciousness studies & Transpersonal Psychology Mindfulness & Transpersonal Psychotherapist Gurmat Psychotherapist

The therapeutic and transpersonal impact of experiential mool mantra meditation


This talk will include an experiential element and will focus on the impact of an experiential “Mool Mantra” meditation on health, wellbeing and transpersonal development. In particular the talk will explore the process of self-transformation and its transpersonal qualities through the contemplative practices & teachings within Gurmat, in relation of mental, physical and transpersonal health.

Arvind-Pal Mandair

Associate Professor of Sikh Studies B.Sc. Ph.D (Chemistry – Aston University, UK) MA, Ph.D (Philosophy – University of Warwick, UK) Philosophy/Religion/Postcolonial Theory – Sikh Studies/South Asian Studies

Judith Sharef

BACP ( Snr accred ); M FiP Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist MA; Cert Ed., RGN; UKCP reg;

Eduardo Pitchon

A.F.B.Ps.S., M.A.C.P., C.Psychol., A.L.C.P., UKCP reg., M FiP Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Dr Deepa Apté

Director, Dr Deepa Apté MBBS (India), YLA, BYV, ITEC, MICHT medical doctor, Yoga teacher (specialising in Hatha Yoga and the Sivananda tradition) and Ayurvedic practitioner)