Followers of the Buddha – Megan Thorpe
- Location : Buddhist Library and Meditation Centre
- Start Date and Time : 12/04/2016 07:00 pm
- Finish Date and Time : 19/04/2016 09:00 pm
- Event Speaker : Megan Thorpe
- Enquiries or Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org 02 9519 6054
- Organising Entity : Buddhist Library and Meditation Centre
Followers of the Buddha
In this two week course Megan Thorpe will provide some biographical information about some of the well known followers of the Buddha. The aim of the course is to have a closer look at the very human qualities of some of the people who were inspired to follow the Buddha’s example during his lifetime.
Much is known about the Buddha’s life story – his early life in a privileged environment and his departure from the householder life to search for truth and spiritual awakening.
Many people were inspired by the wisdom, clarity and the demeanour of the Buddha on first meeting him. This course is designed to bring to life some of the names that may be familiar to Dhamma practitioners – Ananda, Sariputta, Mogallana, Mahapajapati, to name a few – and to see them as well rounded men and women who were motivated to improve themselves and the lives of others through self development and practice.
2 consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7pm – 9pm
All Sessions by Dana.
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The teachings flourish in an atmosphere of generosity and gratitude, and these qualities in turn support the growth of wisdom and compassion in the practitioner. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a specified fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?” This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course (e.g., administrative & venue costs). You are welcome to ask for a receipt for your dana which is tax deductible.
Megan Thorpe MA, Grad. Dip. Ed. Studies (Health), Dip. Teach., trained in Core Process Psychotherapy, a Buddhist-based psycho-spiritual psychotherapy, at the Karuna Institute in England. Megan is the manager of the Bereavement Counselling Service at Sacred Heart Hospice in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Prior to this, she worked as a Spiritual Care Counsellor for people in the last months of their lives, and managed a team of volunteer carers who offered support to palliative care patients and their families. Megan supervises the Chaplains in the Buddhist Council’s Chaplaincy programme. Megan is a past President and Former Director of Training of AABCAP (Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists) which offers a two year professional training in Buddhist Psychotherapy. She is also a member of the teaching faculty. Over the last 25 years she has had experience in a number of different Buddhist traditions, and since 2003 she has been practicing in the Thai Forest tradition.