A Tibetan Buddhist’s impression of Bath Quakers


Tashi Deleck – Hello everyone

My name is Yeshi Gawa from Tibet and I am a Buddhist monk. I have been studying English in Bath since the beginning of June 2016.

I got the opportunity to attend Bath Quaker Meeting four times. One hour of silent meeting on every Sunday is wonderful and great. It is really impressive and helpful.

To forget one’s problems and think of nothing is actually quite good but it never completely overcomes our suffering. Because after we stop our meditation the suffering will come back. More important is what we call “transformation meditation” – where we deliberately transform our uncompassionate mind to a compassionate mind, and hatred into loving kindness. This is far more important than concentration meditation. To subdue the mind is the main priority for all meditators.

Finally, I would like to share with you two favourite quotes:

Doing no evil whatsoever
Practice virtue perfectly,
Tame your mind completely,
This is the teaching of the Buddha

– Lord Buddha Sakyamuni

The simplest acts of kindness are far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer

– Mahatma Gandhi

With best wishes
Geshe Yeshi Gawa


Yeshi Gawa is a Tibetan monk and biographer of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He has a doctorate in Buddhist philosophy. After six months’ in Bath studying English (including a visit to the Cross Bath – pictured) he moves to the Czech Republic to start work as director of the new Tibet Open House in Prague.

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