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How privileged and grateful we are as a community to have had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend an evening in loving kindness meditation with Matthieu Ricard.

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, writer and humanitarian who studied molecular genetics. He has talked about the scientific findings of the effects of meditation on the brain and been part of research, which had the media calling him the “worlds happiest man.’  

His teachings about compassion to others and to ourselves were extremely timely as our DP students prepare for exams. Be kind to yourselves and others.

“When I moved to this tiny little paradise called Thalang in Phuket two years ago, I knew the school we were joining talked about teaching students mindfulness. I was happy that in a digitally frenetic world students would be explicitly taught how to train, and be kind to, their own minds. But I had know idea how important it would become to me.”

says Samantha Gayfer, Senior Communications & Philanthropy Manager and who has two daughters at the school.

“I had no idea my life would be enriched by the likes of Matthieu Ricard, who led our community in loving kindness meditation last night. I had no idea B. Alan Wallace would cut the ceremonial ribbon on our 正念 Centre after spending two days teaching on campus. I had no idea we would host a region-wide mindfulness summit this coming March. But most of all, I had no idea how special UWC Thailand really is.

Now I know. I know that our Head of 正念 Kru Lucy Keller spends her evenings teaching our staff Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at no cost. Now I know how useful and effective it has been in my daily life. Now I know my children wander into her centre at recess and learn how to use Tibetan Singing bowls. Now I know Lucy counsels my daughter using mindfulness strategies through missing her dad when he’s traveling.

Now I know this is where we are supposed to be.”