Buddhism and Happiness

15 October 2019
  • Day:Tuesday
  • Time:7.00PM - 9.00PM
  • No of Sessions:1
  • Duration:2 hours
  • Organising Entity:Buddhist Library
  • Event Speaker:Dr Eng-Kong Tan MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP
  • Enquiries:info@buddhistlibrary.org.au or (02) 9519 6054
  • Location:Buddhist Library
  • Contribution:By donation
  • “May you be well. May you be happy.”

    But what does it mean to be happy? What does it feel like? Is it an emotion? Or a state of mind? Or even a skill? How can we help ourselves to develop, enhance and nurture it? And what are the Buddhist teachings and practices naturally contributing to this?

    Join Dr Eng-Kong Tan, Buddhist psychotherapist and Founder President of the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists, as he explores the relationship between Buddhism and happiness, and how Buddhist and Western psychological practices can help us to cultivate deep and abiding happiness.


    Teacher’s profile

    Dr Eng-Kong Tan has been a friend and supporter of the Buddhist Library since its establishment day. As a doctor, a psychiatrist and a Buddhist psychotherapist, he has presented many talks on Buddhism, psychotherapy, meditation and spirituality here. He is Founder President of the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP). He is a former Chairman of Training of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australia (PPAA). He established the Metta Clinic in Pymble, a group psychological practice, where he offers individual, couple and group therapies including a weekly mindfulness training group.


    All Sessions by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.

    Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a 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.