(IN PERSON) ‘Premature Transcendence’ with reference to spiritual bypassing. Part 2

14 November 2023
  • Day:Tuesday
  • Time:7.00PM - 8.30PM AEST
  • No of Sessions:1
  • Duration:1.5hr
  • Organising Entity:Buddhist Library
  • Event Speaker:Dr. Jonathan Page
  • Enquiries:info@buddhistlibrary.org.au or (02) 9519 6054
  • Location:Buddhist Library
  • Attendance Mode:In Person Only Event
  • Contribution:By donation
  • In the West people come to meditation groups (sanghas) for reasons not always obvious to the individual.

    In the modern world there are myriad causes and contributions to suffering (dukkha), seemingly only augmented by contemporary social media and the general sense of acceleration of time.

    As the traumas of everyday life accumulate, one must also consider existential concerns, abounding uncertainty, imperilled agency, and a troubling loss of authenticity. Not surprisingly there is widespread psychopathology, even afflicting children.

    There is thus a major challenge, particularly for new practitioners, to achieve resolution of the accumulated lifetime psycho-baggage, to facilitate ever deeper states of samatha (tranquillity) and Vipassana, to allow experiences of “the everyday sublime” (as described by Stephen Batchelor), and to achieve meaningful freedom and wisdom.

    In this reflection I review the notion that attention to developmental and psychological matters is critically important, but deeply interconnected to the “spiritual” process.

    Note: PART 2 of the talk will be given on November 14.

    This talk will be held in person at the Library only. Please register if you wish to attend. 


    Teacher profile

    Dr Jonathan has been a medical oncologist for 40 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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