The second Leeds Festival of Kindness, Compassion and Wellbeing (aka Kinder Leeds) opens on Sunday 10 October at 7pm. It begins with ‘Transforming Society Through Compassion’ by Dr.Thupten Jinpa, official English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. As well as having edited many of the Dalai Lama’s publications, Dr Jinpa is also the author of the bestselling book ‘Fearless Heart: Why Compassion is the Key to Greater Wellbeing’.
The event takes place online. Please register at www.kinderleeds.org.
“We’re honoured to have Dr. Jinpa as our keynote speaker” said David Midgley, co-founder of Kinder Leeds. “As President of Compassion Institute U.S., and creator of the world-renowned Compassion Cultivation Training programme, he’s a huge inspiration.”
The festival also offers over 30 other events, both online and in person, from a wide range of Leeds groups and global speakers. Everyone is welcome to take part, whether it’s in their community, their workplace or with their friends and family.
“We want everyone across the city to focus on kindness that week to help watch it grow,” said Project Leader Gloria Kimberley.
Another main highlight of the festival will be an all day event at Civic Hall called KindEx where visitors can learn about inspiring ideas, projects and stories related to kindness, compassion and wellbeing. This TEDx-style event is on Tuesday 12 October, but you need to book your ticket.
The following day people can join the Kindness Trail – a 1 hour walk around Leeds city centre.
“You’ll see amazing artworks and independent businesses that are open and inclusive to others. It’s a great way to find a treasure trove of new and kind places that you may not have heard about before” said Kimberley.
“So come along, whether you’re a student new to Leeds or a local ready to explore after 18 months at home.”
The walk starts from Mill Hill Chapel in City Square, next to the train station.
Kinder Leeds runs from Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 October. To find out more or to book tickets for their events, visit www.kinderleeds.org.