ONLINE Pandemic – Opportunities for Psychological and Spiritual Growth

14 July 2020
  • Day:Tuesday
  • Time:7.00PM - 8.30PM AEST
  • No of Sessions:1
  • Duration:1.5 hours
  • Organising Entity:Buddhist Library
  • Event Speaker:Dr Eng-Kong Tan
  • or (02) 9519 6054
  • Location:Online via Zoom
  • Contribution:By donation
  • Dr Eng-Kong Tan will examine the emotional challenges that we faced during the height of the pandemic and hence the crises leading to decompensation and/or catastrophe, hopefully (or necessarily) to be followed by regeneration and growth.

    Drawing on his personal experience, his observations of others and his practice as a Buddhist psychiatrist and psychotherapist, he will discuss the opportunities that the past few months have presented us with for mental development, from the point of view of Western psychology and of our spiritual path.

    Eng-Kong will make special reference to those teachings and practices of Buddhism and Western psychology that help us to get through times of crisis, and that lead us to a wiser and more compassionate new norm. The session will be live via Zoom and will include a half-hour talk, followed by meditation, discussion and Q&A.

    Please be sure to register so we can email you the Zoom link before the talk.


    Teacher profile

    Dr Eng-Kong Tan has been a friend and supporter of the Buddhist Library since its establishment. As a doctor, a psychiatrist and a Buddhist psychotherapist, he has presented many talks on Buddhism, psychotherapy, meditation and spirituality. He is Founder President of the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP), and is also 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, couples and group therapies including a weekly mindfulness training group.


    All Sessions are 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. Part of the dana you give goes to the teacher, to help him continue his efforts to spread the Dhamma. And part of the dana you give helps to maintain the Library and allows it offer more teachings on the Dhamma so that others may benefit in the future. It is up to each person to determine the amount of dana they’d like to offer. We understand that this is a difficult time financially for many, and people will give what they can. An appropriate dana can’t be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and to the individual’s own situation, as well as awareness of the cost of organising events and supporting teachers who spread the Dhamma.