Background

About University

The Cambridge Mindfulness Centre was founded by Bhante Rewatha Thero, the chief monk of Great Britain, as a branch of Scotland’s Buddhist Vihara: the first ever Theravada Buddhist Temple in Scotland (http://www.glasgowmindfulnesscentre.co.uk/).

Our centre provides traditional Buddhist Mindfulness training and the Secular Mindfulness based programmes in healthcare and education.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a secular mindfulness training course offered by the Cambridge Mindfulness Centre. MBSR is a programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, to help people deal with pain, stress, physiological problems and a range of other issues by being mindful. 

We also conduct Mindfulness—based cognitive therapy courses designed to help with depression.

The Cambridge Mindfulness Centre also offers courses on Vipassana Meditation, which is the traditional Buddhist practice of Mindfulness that has been used for over 2500 years to gain wisdom and eliminate suffering.

Bhante Rewatha Thero(BA, MA, PGDE)

Bhante began to study Mindfulness as an educational programme rather than a religious practice or ideology. Therefore, he went to University of Bangor to study more about the secular application of Mindfulness within healthcare and education.

Currently he is doing a research degree at the University of Bangor on the subject of Mindfulness approaches in Healthcare and Education.

In addition to the secular mindfulness courses which Bhante has taught throughout the world including:

  1. Scotland
  2. Japan
  3. Malaysia
  4. Singapore
  5. and America

Bhante also provides courses to universities, charitable and educational authorities. He has created several courses for those who have completed MBSR and MBCT.

Bhante has been a monk for 32 years and was appointed as the Chief Monk (Sangha Nayaka) of Great Britain.

He was awarded this esteemed honour in 2010 by the Sangha Council of Sri Lanka.

He was invited to lead the 'Time for Reflection' at The Scottish Parliament. This was a very special occasion as it was the first time a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk had been invited to address a European Parliament.

He is the author of Mindful Journey

Bhante is also a qualified Religious Education (RE) teacher under the terms of the Scottish Educational Curriculum.

He holds the appointment as the Buddhist advisor at the University of Glasgow and University of Caledonia, as well as their Chaplain/Advisor, he works with students of all faiths.

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