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14th May 2014:








Every month a half day of mindfulness is organized by Ahimsa Trust which is open to anyone interested.  All the Delhi local sanghas meet together for half a day where we meditate together, listen to some teachings, practice walking meditation, have discussions etc.  For more details on specific dates, please email: ahimsa.trust@gmail.com




26th October 2013 :

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Ahimsa Trust and Buddhapath
in collaboration with the India International Centre

are pleased to invite you to a talk on

 Nalanda... Past and Future

 The inner science curriculum

by a wonderful contemporary scholar-teacher of Buddha Dharma, Prof. Robert Thurman


  Saturday, 26th October 2013 at 18:30 hrs

Seminar rooms 2 and 3, Kamladevi Block, India International Centre (IIC),
40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi –110003, Tel: 011-24619431

Chaired by
Dharmacharya Shantum Seth

*Brief profile of the speaker:
Robert Thurman
is who the NY Times Magazine refers to as "The Dalai Lama's man in America." A former Tibetan Buddhist monk, founder of Tibet House in New York City, father of five children including the actress, Uma Thurman, he is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. Time magazine named him one of the "25 Most Influential Americans." He lectures all over the world and his charisma and enthusiasm draw packed audiences.

Sanghas in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh continue to meet on a regular basis for Mindfulness meditation practice, teachings and discussions. All are welcome.

For more information please visit www.ahimsatrust.org

Buddhapath organises pilgrimages ' In the Footsteps of the Buddha' and other transformative journeys.. Please visit www.buddhapath.com


25th May 2013:


October 2012:


Workshop retreat, talks and Day of Mindfulness
with the monks, nuns and lay teachers from
Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition in October 2012

Organized by Ahimsa Trust


'Planting Seeds': An evening of Meditation, Songs and other Mindfulness Practices'
(Open to all ages. No registration required) 
Venue:  N Block Market Park (Opposite Full Circle), Greater Kailash Part I, New Delhi 110048
Date:  2nd of October 2012, Tuesday (Gandhi Jayanti) Time:  4.00 pm

'Wake Up'*: A morning of Mindfulness for Young Adults
(Open to ages 18 to 35. No registration required) 
(Please bring some packed lunch, water and a mat with you)
Venue:  Ambedkar University, Lothian Road, Kashmiri Gate, Delhi 110006
Date:  12th of October 2012, Friday Time:  10.30 am - 2.00 pm

'True Passion-Mindfulness in Modern Times': 4 day Workshop Retreat
(Open to all ages. Registration reqd.) Click here to download Registration Form
1st preference to Educators/students-over 18
Venue: Lady Shri Ram College/Bluebells School International, Lajpat Nagar IV, New Delhi
Date: 20th to 23rd October 2012

'A Day of Mindfulness for Families'
(Open to all ages/children above 6 years. Limited seats. No charge)
Registration required.
Please bring some packed lunch, water and a mat with you)
Venue: India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi
Date: 24th of October 2012, Wednesday (Dusshera) Time: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

'Wake Up"*: A morning of Mindfulness for Young Adults'  
(Open to ages 18-35. No registration required)
Venue: To be confirmed (Please call or email us for details)
Date: 28th of October 2012, Sunday Time:  11 am  onwards

*Wake Up is a worldwide network and a programme to enthuse and expose young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to concrete mindfulness practices of true love and compassion, clearly showing the way towards a life in harmony with each other and with the Earth.  It encourages people who want to help their society - a society overloaded with intolerance, discrimination, craving, anger and despair.

These sessions are spontaneous gatherings ranging from a one to three hour programme - with meditation, songs, and other mindfulness practices (mindful eating, total relaxation, sharing from the heart, Questions and Answers), helping to release the tension in one’s body and feelings, use of compassionate listening and loving speech to help restore communication and to live and enjoy each moment more deeply.

It has worked very well with British youth in Cambridge, Oxford (5000 people gathered at Trafalgar Square) and US Ivy League Colleges like Harvard and Yale, leading to a number of Wake Up groups across the world. http://in.wkup.org  Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wkupindia

There are limited spaces for the 24th of October event and the 4 day workshop (20th to 23rd October).  If you are interested in participating in either of the two events please register with us and send an email to: ahimsa.trust@gmail.com.For more information please email/ refer to our website www.ahimsatrust.org or call 9873226869

6th May 2012:


6th January 2012 & 25th January 2012:

Ahimsa Trust is pleased to invite you to two talks
by two great contemporary teachers of BuddhaDharma in January 2012.

Both are in collaboration with the India International Centre
(IIC, 40 Max Mueller Marg New Delhi –110003, Tel: 011-24619431)


Friday, 6th January 2012 at 1830 hrs

Talk on ‘Socially Engaged Buddhism’



Zen Master Bernie Glassman*

In Lecture room 1 at the Annexe, India International Centre, New Delhi


Chaired by

Dharmacharya Shantum Seth



Wednesday, 25th January 2012

Talk on ‘Resurrecting the Ocean of Jewels (Ratnodadhi);
Still Relevant Indian Inner Sciences from the Great Library of Ancient Nalanda University’



Prof. Robert Thurman**

In Lecture room 2 at the Annexe, India International Centre, New Delhi

Chaired by

Dharmacharya Shantum  Seth


Brief profiles of the two speakers 

*Zen Master Bernie Glassman is a world-renowned pioneer in the American Zen Movement. He is a spiritual leader, published author, accomplished academic and successful businessman with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He is the founder of the Zen Peacemakers.

Having entered his 70′s, he is focusing on the promotion of Socially Engaged Buddhism, the development of Dharma Centers (Zen Houses) in impoverished areas to serve the local population and in nurturing communication and interaction between affiliates of the Zen Peacemakers Sangha.

For more information, please visit:  www.zenpeacemakers.org

**Robert A. F. Thurman is who the NY Times Magazine refers to as "The Dalai Lama's man in America." A scholar, author, former Tibetan Buddhist monk, co-founder with Richard Gere of Tibet House in New York City, a close personal friend of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and father of five children including the actress, Uma Thurman, he is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. Time magazine named him one of the "25 Most Influential Americans." He has lectured all over the world; his charisma and enthusiasm draw packed audiences.

For more information, please visit: www.bobthurman.com or www.tibethouse.org

Sanghas in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida, in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh continue to meet on a regular basis for meditation practice, teachings and discussions. All are welcome.

Friends at Ahimsa wish you and your families a year of joy, peace and awakening.

17th May 2011:


2nd April 2011:

Dear friends,

Ahimsa Trust in collaboration with the India International Centre,
are very pleased to invite you to a meditation and talk by renowned Buddhist scholar and teacher

Prof. Robert Thurman*


"The Jewel Ocean (Ratnodadhi) of Nalanda; Hunting the Indian Treasures in the Tibetan Tengyur, and Their Relevance for Today."

On Saturday the 2nd of April at 1830 hours.

At the India International Centre Annexe Auditorium
(40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi - 110003)

Having known Bob for a number of years and having co-led pilgrimages with him, I find that he is one of the only people who can bring the miracle manifesting Buddha alive to a sceptic like me. Each time he speaks, his audience is spell bound, through his entertaining yet well researched subject matter be it Dharmic, scholarly or political. This time we have requested him to speak on what are some of the greatest treasures from the Nalanda tradition that have been lost to India, and his efforts to resuscitate them.

Please do come.



*Robert A.F. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, and co-founder and President of Tibet House US. He writes and lectures frequently on Buddhism, Asian history, and critical philosophy. The first American to have been ordained a Tibetan Buddhist monk and a personal friend of the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, Professor Thurman is a passionate advocate and spokesperson for the truth regarding the current Tibet-China situation and the human rights violations suffered by the Tibetan people under Chinese rule.


24th January 2011:

Talk on "Confession of a Buddhist Athiest"


Stephen Batchelor

6:30pm at IIC on 24 Jan 2011

Dear friends,
The well known Buddhist scholar and teacher, Stephen Batchelor, will be speaking at 6:30pm on 24th January 2011 at the India International Centre (IIC) in Conference Room 1.
This is a not to be missed event!
His talk will be based on his most recent book, "Confession of a Buddhist Athiest." His bio* is below.

We have co-led pilgrimages over the last 5 years and I feel Stephen has a most interesting, albeit controversial view on the Buddha's life and teachings, and one that accords well with a secular outlook. He shares his scholarship with great humour and insight.

Do try to attend!
For further information, please contact Ahimsa Trust at 0120 4334284 during office hours.

*Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. In particular, he regards the doctrines of karma and rebirth to be features of ancient Indian civilisation and not intrinsic to what the Buddha taught. Buddhism has survived for the past 2,500 years because of its capacity to reinvent itself in accord with the needs of the different Asian societies with which it has creatively interacted throughout its history. As Buddhism encounters modernity, it enters a vital new phase of its development. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism's role in the modern world, which has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer.
Stephen was born in Dundee, Scotland, on April 7, 1953. He grew up in a humanist environment with his mother Phyllis (b. 1913) and brother David (b. 1955) in Watford, north west of London. After completing his education at Watford Grammar School, he travelled overland to India in February, 1972, at the age of eighteen.

He settled in Dharamsala, the capital-in-exile of the Dalai Lama, and studied at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives with Ven. Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. He was ordained as a novice Buddhist monk in 1974. He left India in 1975 in order to study Buddhist philosophy and doctrine under the guidance of Ven. Geshe Rabten, first at the Tibetan Monastic Institute in Rikon, Switzerland, then in Le Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, where Geshe Rabten founded Tharpa Choeling (now Rabten Choeling). The following year he received full ordination as a Buddhist monk. In 1979 he moved to Germany as a translator for Ven. Geshe Thubten Ngawang at the Tibetisches Institut, Hamburg. In April 1981 he travelled to Songgwangsa Monastery in South Korea to train in Zen Buddhism under the guidance of Ven. Kusan Sunim. He remained in Korea until the autumn of 1984, when he left for a pilgrimage to Japan, China and Tibet.

He disrobed in February 1985 and married Martine Fages in Hong Kong before returning to England and joining the Sharpham North Community in Totnes, Devon. During the fifteen years he lived at Sharpham, he became co-ordinator of the Sharpham Trust (1992) and co-founder of the Sharpham College <http://www.sharpham-trust.org/college.htm> for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry (1996). Throughout this period he worked as a the Buddhist Chaplain of HMP Channings Wood. From 1990 he has been a Guiding Teacher at Gaia House <http://www.gaiahouse.co.uk/> meditation centre in Devon and since 1992 a contributing editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review <http://www.tricycle.com/> .

In August 2000, he and Martine moved to Aquitaine, France, where they live in a small village near Bordeaux with their cat Zoë. While at home he pursues his work as a scholar, writer and artist. For several months each year, he travels worldwide to lead meditation retreats and teach Buddhism (see Schedule <http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/schedule.html> ). He is the translator and author of various books (see books <http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/stephenpub.html> ) and articles on Buddhism (see Publications <http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/online%20articles.html> ) including the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs <http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1573226564/qid=1017367868/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-0639641-1492051> (Riverhead 1997). His most recent publication is Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil <http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/stephenpub.html> (Riverhead, 2004). His book Confession of a Buddhist Atheist <http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/book-confession.html> was published in March 2010 (Spiegel&Grau/Random House).


November 2010:

Workshop retreats, talks and Day of Mindfulness
the monks, nuns and teachers from Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition

Mindfulness in Education Workshop, Delhi
(for Delhi teachers/educators) Registration required
Venue: Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Dates: 11th November to the 13th of November 2010

Mindfulness in Education Workshop, Dehradun
(for teachers/educators from all over India) Registration reguired
Venue: The Doon School, The Mall, Dehradun
Dates: 15th of November to the 18th of November 2010

Day of Mindfulness, New Delhi
(Open to public. No registration required.
Please bring packed lunch, water and a mat with you)
Venue: India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi
Date: 14th of November 2010
Time: 10 am to 5 pm

Applying Contemplative Practice: Mindfulness in Education
(Open to public. No registration required)
Venue: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Date: 22nd November 2010, Time: 7.30 pm
(In Collaboration with Foundation of Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama)


Mindfulness in Education: Workshop/Retreat (November 2010)

(For Teachers and Educators from all over India)




27th May 2010:

Buddha Purnima

We shall be meeting (like every year) to celebrate Buddha Purnima on the evening of Thursday the 27th of May at Sanskriti Kendra on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon road. Invitation and map below.
Please mark it in your diary.


23rd April 2010:

Return of the Pilgrim, Half-day of Mindfulness

Dear Sangha friends,
It has been a while since we all met as a collective Delhi/Noida/Gurgaon sangha.
Dharmacharya Shantum Seth is back in Delhi from his winter season of pilgrimages. We felt this would be a good opportunity for us to practice sitting, walking and sharing the Dharma together.

We would like to invite you to Half a day of Mindfulness on Friday, 23rd of April 2010 at 8 Padmini Enclave, Hauz Khas (off Aurobindo marg).. home of Prama Bhandari  (tel number 011 26862807 and mobile  9810645467). (Prama and Ranji Bhandari have once again generously agreed to host the session at their residence).

The plan is to meet from 5pm to 9pm including dinner for which it would be nice if all of us can carry some food which can be shared in Mindfulness.

A lotus for you
Ahimsa Trust

16th January 2010:

A talk titled "The Secular Buddha" by Stephen Batchelor* on 16th January 2010 at India International Centre, New Delhi. Chair: Shantum Seth

*Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism.

18th July 2009: An evening of Mindfulness:

As we welcomed back the monsoon, we gathered to share an evening of mindfulness together. We met at Diya Walia’s home in Maharani Bagh, New Delhi.
There was a short Dharma talk, a period of meditative practice and Zen awareness to ‘bless’ the forthcoming book of our Dharma sister, Poonam Srivastava, entitled 'A moment for the mind', being published by our sangha press, Amber.
This is Poonam's first book, which is both inspired and inspiring. The poems are insightful, honest and beautiful and help us touch the magic of the moment.Thich Nhat Hanh has kindly blessed this book with these words:
“These are poems of Mindfulness. They are clear as crystals. They show us what is happening now. That is already insight. And we know what to do and what not to do, whether we should go ahead or should stop. We recognize what happens with a smile. This is a good practice.”


21st May 2009:


9th May 2009: About a hundred and fifty of us met to celebrate Buddha Purnima commemorating the Buddha’s Birth, Nirvana and Mahaparinirvana, as we do every year.
We gathered at the Bodhi sapling (child of the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya) which we planted four years ago on this day, sat for a while, and watered the tree. We walked mindfully on the beautiful grounds of Sanskriti Kendra, sat in  meditation in the amphi theatre and listened to a Dharma talk by Dh. Shantum Seth on Mindfulness and building inner resilience through the education system. Others including Sheela Reddy, Ajeer Vidya and Poonam Sahi shared too. There was a beautiful candle light walk to the banyan tree and chanting and we watched the full moon rise. We all shared a lovely dinner together and felt the tranquility of a harmonious sangha practicing together in peace.


28th March 2009: Ahimsa Trust organised the launch of Teach Peace - A Sahabhagi Times Foundation initiative in Delhi. The Launch was followed by a panel discussion on the Quest for Peace in Turbulent Times - a dialogue on non-violence. Among the members of the panel were activist-actress Nandita Das, Dharmacharya Shantum Seth and spiritual guru Dr. Deepak Chopra.

We at Ahimsa Trust, are delighted to share that Thich Nhat Hanh's book 'Calming the Fearful Mind, A Zen Response to Terrorism' published by Amber Books was launched by the Honourable Chief Minister of Delhi, Shiela Dixit on 14th of February at the India Habitat Centre. The CM expressed her appreciation for the timely publication of the book and relevance of Thich Nhat Hanh's message, with whom she interacted during his India visit, last October.  
The occasion was also marked by an engaging panel discussion on 'Appropriate Responses to Terrorism' with a focus on the role of education as a critical change agent for long-term preventive approaches to terror. Prominent panelists including Syeda Hameed, Member Planning Commission, Ashok Desai, former Attorney General of India, educators, Abha Adams and Dilip Simeon, Zen teacher Shantum Seth, participated in the discussion moderated by Sonia Singh of NDTV and chaired by Dr. Karan Singh.
The discussion ranged from the importance of training children to handle fear, to the reality of being faced with a live terrorist situation as in Mumbai, to ask who is the terrorist/asura as in Gaza, and to see the terrorist as a victim of circumstance too.  There was an interesting exchange on the efficacy of the non-violent vis-à-vis the violent responses to terror, and the importance of long-term preventative approaches. Also, how to be careful not to stereotype a terrorist as being from a particular community.  There was a strong feeling that the book should be translated into Indian languages. An equally responsive audience, helped conclude the discussion by highlighting their views on the subject. 
We feel the session planted seeds of introspection amongst all present. A positive general consensus emerged, to further Thich Nhat Hanh's viewpoint of compassionate engaged action, to deal with different shades of social terror infliction.

September-October 2008: Ahimsa Trust represents the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh and his community in India.
It had the privilege/opportunity to organize the historic visit in 1997 and 2008 of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh and the nuns and monks. For more details, please click here


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