ONLINE 20 Buckets of Grief – A Buddhist Oncologist’s Journey through Suffering

29 September 2020
  • Day:Tuesday
  • Time:7.00PM - 8.30PM AEST
  • No of Sessions:1
  • Duration:1.5 hours
  • Organising Entity:Buddhist Library
  • Event Speaker:Dr Jonathan Page
  • or (02) 9519 6054
  • Location:Online via Zoom
  • Contribution:By donation
  • Grief is an experience of almost unbearable transformation, and it is universal – as the Buddha’s famous Parable of the Mustard Seed reminds us. Being a medical oncologist, Dr Jonathan Page has had more experience of death and grief than most.

    Join Jonathan as he tells of his personal journey, and of how the Dharma has provided comfort, understanding, and the revelation that compassion is the mystery salve for the spirit. From his first encounter with grief, its circumstances and the quality of the experience; to his confrontation with so many deaths, including those not truly acknowledged along the way; then concluding with his thoughts for improving the medical curriculum (and so preparing this Shambhala army for the crises they will face).

    Jonathan has found that the Dharma is a wonderful resource in the care of patients with advanced cancer (and the patients’ families), and in sustaining the essential compassion in the heart of the doctor. And amidst the grief, anxiety and depression, there will be laughter – he promises! – as well as opportunities for meditation and discussion. And a chance to find out about the 20 buckets.

    Please be sure to register so we can send you the Zoom link before the session.


    Teacher profile

    Dr Jonathan has been a medical oncologist for 36 years and enjoys endurance cycling. He began his meditation practice in 1984 but to his chagrin was largely an erratic practitioner until 2004, generally employing meditation as a last resort to manage innumerable life crises (with variable impact).

    He was persuaded to be more diligent in his meditation with the onset of a more difficult-to-shift despondency, particularly burnout mixed with depression. These were poorly managed by the “orthodox” medical establishment. Thankfully, over time, this crisis yielded to regular meditation and the comfort of the Three Jewels.


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