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Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life
Tuesday 27 September @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Buddhist psychology to develop inner strength and equilibrium, deconstruct toxic the habit cycle and withstand the pressures of social media.
This course focuses on the six factors identified by the Buddha that stimulate disturbing emotions. When they come together we have the ‘perfect storm’ for stress and unhappiness. Discover what we can do to guard against these six factors, and how you can develop your natural potential to become a more balanced, peaceful and content human being.
Session 1: Society and Media
How pressures from society and media overwhelm us, and strategies to overcome these pressures. Where to put our trust, and recognise the four qualities of a valid refuge.
Session 2: Seed and Object
Distinguish between root causes (which we can control), and conditions (which we cannot control). Recognise the power that certain objects and places have over us.
Session 3: Inappropriate Attention
The tyranny of the reifying view! How attachment and aversion exaggerate and distort our emotions, and what we can do about them.
Session 4: Three Higher Trainings
The three things we need to become a good human being: wisdom, concentration and ethics. How they compliment each other and support our development.
Session 5: Power of Habit
Neurology of a toxic habit cycle and how to deconstruct it. Simple techniques to counter negative habits. Case studies to bring it all home!
Session 6: Social Media
The sum is bigger than the parts! Distinguish between compassion and empathy so as to not ‘burn out’, and develop equanimity for a peaceful mind.
Presented by FPMT registered teacher:
“The right way to eliminate harm from this earth is to first free your mind from the emotional disturbances that cause irrational fear of destruction, and then educate yourself and others in how to bring peace to the world. The first thing you must do is to control your own mind and commit yourself: “From now on, no matter what happens, I’m never going to use weapons to kill any human being.” That’s where world peace starts.”– Lama Thubten Yeshe