Dr Eng Kong Tan of the Metta Clinic Sydney’s Presentation

DR. ENG-KONG TAN OF THE METTA CLINIC SYDNEY WILL BE PRESENTING “HEALING TRADITIONS”:BUDDHISM AND PSYCHOTHERAPY” ON 4-8 MARCH AT NAN TIEN INSTITUTE.

SUBJECT OUTLINE:

Buddhism and Psychotherapy is an ideal study opportunity for anyone
interested in the interface between Buddhism and psychotherapy, and the
significant advantages this new spiritual dimension of psychotherapy has on
modern life.

This theoretical and experiential subject looks at current social, cultural
and ethical issues, and examines how Buddhism and psychotherapy practices
can respond, manage and impact on them.

In the last decade, there has been an exponential increase of interest in
the relationship between Buddhism and psychotherapy. This subject explores
the interface between Buddhism and psychotherapy, and the therapeutic
actions of Buddha’s core teaching and practice of mindfulness, which are now
incorporated in many mainstream psychotherapies. The theoretical and
neurobiological basis of meditation training and the art and science of
meditation useful in psychotherapy practice is discussed, demonstrated and
practiced.

The subject also covers the Buddhist and psychological concepts and
foundations of maturity, insight, relationship issues, embodiment, stress
reduction, addictions, ageing, sickness, death and self and non-self. There
will be many experiential exercises to refine and deepen various clinically
beneficial meditative practices. Content includes investigating the social,
cultural and ethical issues involved in the integration of Buddhism and
psychotherapy in students’ work as health professional and in their private
lives.

Students will:

– Learn the theoretical and neurological basis of meditation and its
relationship to the Buddha’s core teaching and practice of mindfulness;
– Apply Buddhist and psychological principles to insight, embodiment and
consciousness;
– Develop a critical appreciation of the social, cultural and ethical
issues in the integration of Buddhism and psychotherapy; and
– Experience clinically beneficial meditative practice.

Healing Traditions: Buddhism and Psychotherapy is ideal for:
– Psychotherapists, psychologists, counselors and other mental health
professionals
– Health practitioners involved in palliative care
– Chaplains wanting to develop new ways to offer support and make a
difference
– Buddhist Studies academics and,
– Buddhism devotees wanting to enhance their spiritual practice, or anyone
interested in learning more about Buddhism.

Dr Eng Kong Tan is the founder of the Metta Clinic Sydney. Click here for more talks from him.

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