Dealing with Anxiety and Depression – A Buddhist Perspective

Public Talk by Lama Choedak Rinpoche

Saturday 28th February 7:30pm

Venue: Dolma Buddhist Centre , 7 Alexandria Avenue, Eastwood (Sydney)
By Donation. Booking not required

When His Holiness the Dalai Lama first visited the west he was shocked by people who experienced depressive feelings and a sense of inadequacy. His Holiness regularly observes that despite extraordinary benefits brought on by material progress and physical health, people can be left feeling vulnerable and insecure dealing with daily life’s ups and downs.

The darkness of depression is experienced by many of us, if not personally, then probably by someone we love impacting on our relationships, families, workplaces and community. A great deal of resources have been directed into raising public awareness around depression, but how much of this condition is well understood by modern research? Buddhist teaching shines light on the causes of mental well-being in order to regain emotional resilience and inspiration.

The Buddhist meditation method of mindfulness is respected amongst health workers in the field of depression because it goes beyond just treating the symptoms with medications. In this very timely talk, Lama Choedak Rinpoche offers from his heart, succinctly and with humour, the profound Buddhist understanding of depression and anxiety and the antidotes to these states. Rinpoche takes us through the process of transforming the debilitating grip of these mental states into fulfilment, appreciative joy and confidence.

 

Learn to Meditate

Calm Abiding Meditation

Meditation has a proven record in its ability to improve health, awaken happiness and give a clear perspective on life. It enables you to identify the real causes of unhappiness and recover from stress, anxiety and tension.

Calm Abiding meditation, also known as Shamatha, is not a specifically Buddhist technique of meditation but is common to other spiritual traditions as well. Single-pointed concentrating on the breath or another suitable object of meditation is a natural process that helps you to focus better on ordinary tasks and make you become more relaxed and able to deal with the challenges of life.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche has thoroughly trained many of his students to facilitate Calm Abiding Meditation courses. Guidance is provided how to establish a regular meditation practice and how to overcome the various obstacles encountered during meditation.

Sessions facilitated by Sylvia in Eastwood (Sydney):

Mondays 8-9pm by donation
Please confirm dates on 0419 222 618
Venue: 7 Alexandria Ave, Eastwood