Yellow Kite strikes fresh deal with Buddhist monk

Yellow Kite strikes fresh deal with Buddhist monk

Yellow Kite has acquired two new books by Gelong Thubten, Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author of A Monk’s Guide To Happiness

Liz Gough, publisher at Yellow Kite, acquired world rights direct from the author for two new books. The first, Handbook For Hard Times, will be published in hardback in May 2021.

Thubten was ordained as a monk 26 years ago and is now an influential meditation teacher, specialised also in providing non-religious mindfulness programmes to businesses, hospitals, schools, universities, prisons and addiction counselling centres.

His debut book, A Monk’s Guide To Happiness, was published by Yellow Kite last April. Rights have been sold in 10 countries and it was a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller.

His new book, Handbook For Hard Times, is “an approachable and practical book to help us rise to the challenges of the modern world”. According to Yellow Kite: “Its message can be particularly useful in times of struggle, when we are feeling sad, anxious, or dealing with a bereavement, a loss, a painful ending or a broken heart. Thubten will guide us through the book to realise that happiness, kindness and resilience can be cultivated through embracing life’s difficulties as opportunities for transformation. He will show how meditation and mindfulness practices help us to access deep reserves of inner strength as we learn how to ‘lean into’ our suffering. We can find meaning in pain and discomfort, thus transforming deeply ingrained patterns of fear and resistance.”

Thubten said: “I am so happy to be published again by Yellow Kite. They have been brilliant in nurturing me as a writer and helping me reach a wide audience. I believe that kindness, compassion and meditation are needed today more than ever, and I hope my books will inspire people to discover that these are trainable skills of the mind.”

Gough said Yellow Kite had worked hard to position Thubten as a leading voice in this area and, now in demand across all kinds of media, had “no doubt he is going to go from strength to strength”. 

Thubten's work has been featured in the Times and Guardian newspapers and on Sky, the BBC and ITV. He has recently appeared on popular health and wellness podcasts including "Deliciously Ella" and Poppy Jamie’s "Happy not Perfect". Thubten also works with major global companies such as Google, Accenture and LinkedIn, and has lectured at the University of Oxford and for the United Nations. 

He is undertaking a live UK book tour to support the paperback publication of A Monk’s Guide To Happiness in April 2020.