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Spring Festival Talks

At the Buddhist Spring Festival coming up on the weekend of 11 & 12 November, we have asked Buddhist teachers from around Australia to share their thoughts and meditations on the festival theme, Finding Peace in a Changing World.

See times and topics of talks over the festival weekend on our BSF program page here

Cultivating the heart of peace – Saturday 11 November, 3pm with Jean D’Cruz

Jean D’Cruz will discuss cultivating the heart of peace and finding peace when the world feels unsteady. When challenge and difficulty show up our lives, it can make us anxious, tense or unhappy. There is another way. In this session Jean will share Buddhist wisdom on how to cultivate personal peace in any situation.

Jean is a meditation and Buddhist teacher, who for 25 years was secretary to the Society’s founder, Geshe Loden. She supported his day-to-day activities in developing the centre and delivering its program, as well supporting the preparation and publishing of his nine books.

Buddhist Spring Festival talk – Sunday 12 November, 11.30am with Ekai Korematsu Osho

It is easy to be caught up in the problems of the world, and ignore our own part in the uncomfortable changes we are faced with. This session will encourage us to look at our own actions and the part we play in the world around us. Ekai Korematsu Osho, in his talk on Finding Peace in a Changing World will discuss the reflection verse, Sangemon.

An Antidote to a Restless World – Sunday 12 November, 3pm with Anthony Joseph

Amid the busyness of 21st century living there is potential for calmness, strength and joy. Buddhism provides art and science for tapping our inner resources. This session will present practical approaches for daily life.

Anthony Joseph undertook his first meditation retreat at 16. At university he studied philosophy and eastern traditions. Over 25 years he studiedwith the renowned master, Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden and is a Director and teacher at the Tibetan Buddhist Society.

Interactive panel discussion on Finding Peace in a Changing World – 1pm Sunday 

Join our interactive panel session at the Buddhist Spring Festival next Sunday at 1pm for a lively and interesting conversation about how to find a sustainable sense of peace in a changing modern world.

How do you maintain your balance and how do you cultivate your inner resources for well-being? Each of our panellists lives at the intersection of a busy modern life and as a meditation and Buddhism teacher. Drawing on their own lives they will offer what it means to find peace and offer practical ideas you can use. Bring along your questions and thoughts.

Forum facilitator Rod Lee is Sydney based teacher and director of the Tibetan Buddhist Society, who has been involved in health care management and education for over 35 years, and designing meditation and stress management seminars for corporate, not-for-profit and private organisations. He also narrated the in flight meditation programs for Qantas and Malayasia Airlines.

The panel includes Dee Collings, teacher and long term student of Kagyu Evam Buddhist Institute. Dee was a student of renowned teacher Venerable Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche and editor of Kagyu’s Ordinary Mind magazine.

Rebecca Skelton is a teacher and director at the Tibetan Buddhist Society who is passionate about the power of Buddhist meditation to transform people’s lives. In her day job, she works to restore community’s faith in government through community engagement programs.

Charlie Topp has led the Tibetan Buddhist Society’s Brisbane branch as Director and teacher for 38 years, he was a monk for many years, and a student of Venerable Geshe Loden. He now chairs the Benarrawa Community Development Association which works with local people and organisations to build relationships and inclusion for people from diverse backgrounds.

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