Stress and How to Stop Stressing About It?
- Location : Buddhist Library
- Start Date and Time : 06/06/2017 07:00 pm
- Finish Date and Time : 13/06/2017 09:00 pm
- Event Speaker : Giles Barton
- Enquiries or Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org 02 9519 6054
- Organising Entity : Buddhist Library
Why am I so stressed? Why… being a Buddhist… do I even have more stress?
There is no such thing as a Buddhist practice if we only do the practice for one day and not the next. There is a Buddhist path or if you’re lazy like me, a Buddhist direction. For us city dwelling lay people, the path involves many stress obstacles while trying to develop or train in things like the precepts and paramitta’s (perfection practices), which if done well will create the nutriment for sila (morality), samadhi (mental development) and (wisdom) to arise. But in essence, Peacefulness is both the outcome and the journey itself and stress is the obstacle. If you’d like to hear about how to let go of stress in your life then you might like some of what will be said in these talks which draw inspiration from the teachings of the Buddha.
Two x Tuesdays 7pm-9pm
Giles Barton commenced his regular practice of meditation in 1992 and has taken part in many weekend and ten day retreats with well known local and international monks including two three month silent retreats at Bodhinyana monastery with Ajahn Brahm in 2000 and 2003. He has been a regular teacher at the Buddhist library for the last ten years and has also been active in supporting Buddhist communities in NSW. In addition to facilitating a number of retreats for young people and adults he has presented at the 2000 Australian Suicide prevention conference on a Buddhist approach to suicide prevention and contributed a chapter in 2007 to the book ‘Spirited Practices’ based on people’s use of their spirituality in the helping professions. He commenced working with children and their families in the oncology unit at the old Royal Alexander Children’s hospital in Camperdown in 1989, in which time he also commenced volunteer work with teenagers with Cancer (CanTeen) and served on both the state committee and was a member of the National Board from 1992-1995. After leaving the Children’s hospital he went on to specialise in Child & Adolescent psychiatry and continues to work in the field on Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental health as a Clinical coordinator for inpatient and community services for the local health district where there is an increasing emphasis on trauma informed interventions. He has a post graduate diploma in child and adolescent development and Masters in Behavioural Science (Distinction) for research into adolescent spirituality.
All Sessions by Dana (donation).
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).