Emma Slade: Bhutan through the Lens of Compassion
Thursday 27 April 2017: 7.00 pm (pre-talk cash bar available from 6.30 pm)
Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club, London SW1A 2HE
Emma Slade - also now known as Ani Pema Deki - is the first western woman to be ordained in Bhutan. She continues to study with her Lama in Bhutan and is particularly drawn to the teachings on compassion in Buddhism.
Earlier this year Theresa May named Emma as a Point of Light for working to improve the lives of children in rural Bhutan. Point of Light awards recognise outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Emma's talk will include simple Buddhist teachings, details of the work of her charity Opening Your Heart to Bhutan and provide the chance to get a signed copy of her book 'Set Free', which charts her journey from high flying financier to Buddhist nun.
Proceeds from book sales go to her projects with disabled children in Bhutan.
Lhendup Tharchen: Wilderness in the Mountains of Bhutan - a naturalist's perspective
Monday 12 June 2017: 7.00 pm (pre-talk cash bar available from 6.30 pm)
David Lloyd George Room, National Liberal Club, London SW1A 2HE
Lhendup Tharchen works for the Department of Forests and Park Services in Bhutan. He has been involved with the study and conservation of Bhutan's Wildlife and Biodiversity throughout his career. Most recently, he has been serving as the park manager for the Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan.Mr. Tharchen is currently pursuing MPhil in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge. He was in the UK in 2010 studying at the University of Oxford and spoke to the Society in September that year. He is also the author of the book on the Protected Areas and Biodiversity of Bhutan. Mr. Tharchen is from Ura, Bhutan.