Each month, the Idler magazine brings together a great collection of writers, speakers and musicians for an evening of fun and feasting, now at the wonderful Coin Laundry on Exmouth Market. Editor Tom Hodgkinson and Idler Academy director Victoria Hull will be your hosts. The ticket includes dinner and a glass of wine or craft ale.
This month we’re pleased to welcome Buddhist monk, author and Zen meditation teacher Haemin Sunim, who spoke about the value of slowing down at the Idler Academy in 2017, for an uplifting and inspiring evening.
Many of us respond to the pressures of life by turning inwards and ignoring problems, sometimes resulting in anxiety or depression. Others react by working harder at work, at school or at home, hoping that this will make ourselves and the people we love happier. But what if being yourself is enough?
In Love for Imperfect Things, the beautiful follow-up to his international bestseller The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down, Haemin Sunim turns his wisdom and kindness to self-care, arguing that only by accepting yourself – and the flaws which make you who you are – can you have compassionate and fulfilling relationships.
Tonight, he’ll be in conversation with Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson and teaching us how we can learn to be at peace with ourselves in order to be at peace with the world around us. Haemin will be signing copies of his new book after the talk.
The dinner will be held at Coin Laundry on Exmouth Market with its superb modern English menu sourced from small local suppliers. There’s been a venue on this corner since the thirteenth century serving local spa waters before it became a pub, and now it has been stylishly brought up to date as a restaurant and bar.
More about the speaker
Haemin Sunim is one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in the world. Born in South Korea and educated at Berkeley, Harvard and Princeton, he received formal monastic training in Korea and taught Buddhism at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. He has more than a million followers on Twitter (@haeminsunim) and Facebook and lives in Seoul when not traveling to share his teachings. In Korea, The Things You Can See sold more than three million copies and spent 41 weeks at No. 1.