Thursday 12 October 2017, 16:30 – 18:00
The Meeting House, Oxford Quaker Meeting
43 Saint Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LW
The event is free but registration is required, click here to register.
We live in a world where many people who try mindfulness training for the first time do so via an app. This rapid evolution of meditation into a primarily digital and primarily commercial experience is changing how we as a culture understand and practice mindfulness.
In this free talk, leading mindfulness entrepreneur and long-time insight meditation practitioner Rohan Gunatillake will share his vision of the opportunities and challenges the mindfulness world faces in the next five years with respect to its relationship with technology:
How are technology and digital culture changing mindfulness?
What can the mindfulness community do to impact the technology industry in return?
Why is so much of the mindfulness community ignorant of or in denial about technology?
Is mindfulness as we know it in threat of extinction?
Rohan will explore these questions in what will likely be a fascinating and provocative talk.
Rohan Gunatillake is best known as the creator of the best-selling meditation app buddhify. Through his company Mindfulness Everywhere and its products, Rohan is an advocate of what he calls urban or mobile meditation – using everything around us as the basis for mindfulness practice. Having worked in technology and innovation for over thirteen years for the likes of the Edinburgh Festivals and Accenture he has also studied meditation for the same amount of time, and now combines his experience to design fresh ways to practise and understand mindfulness in a digital culture. Rohan is the author of Modern Mindfulness, a current trustee of the British Council and in 2012 was named by Wired magazine in their Smart List of 50 people who will change the world.