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Choden & Fay Adams


Formally a monk within the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Choden (aka Sean Mc Govern) completed a three year, three month retreat in 1997 and has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985. He is originally from South Africa where he trained as a lawyer and where he learned meditation under the guidance of Rob Nairn. He is now involved in developing secular mindfulness programmes drawing upon the wisdom and methods of the Buddhist tradition, but not requiring adherence to any religious faith. He is a director of the Mindfulness Association and is working in association with the Univeristy of Aberdeen in running a Postgraduate Study Programme in Mindfulness (MSc).


Fay Adams

Fay Adams has trained to teach mindfulness under the guidance of Rob Nairn. She now teaches around the UK and South Africa, mainly for the Mindfulness Association and for Holy Isle. She is based on the Holy Isle at the Word Centre for Peace and Health, where she is a long term resident. She is currently helping Rob Nairn to edit his upcoming book on insight. Fay was originally drawn to mindfulness practice because of her debilitating chronic pain. Mindfulness has enabled her to work with the pain and to live a full life again. Her experience of mindfulness has developed beyond pain management and is now the foundation of her daily and spiritual life.


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