The year 2011 is of immense importance to Dhamma practitioners, being the 2600th year of Sambodhiprapti, the Enlightenment of Buddha. Since that momentous turning point in the history of civilization, Buddha’s teachings have become the predominant way of life for people of various nationalities and cultures. Consequently 2011 will see many events taking place all over the world in commemoration.
India is the birthplace of Buddhism, the Dhamma that gave to the world the profound teachings of non-violence, compassion and wisdom as taught by Buddha – teachings which continue to be relevant and, in truth, desperately needed in these much troubled times. In order to commemorate Buddha’s Sambodhiprapti, and deepen our understanding of his teachings while re-emphasizing their relevance in today’s consumer-driven world, the Asoka Mission is organizing a four-day Global Buddhist Congregation from 27 November to 30 November 2011 in New Delhi, India.
Continue reading invitation to the Global Buddhist Congregation in New Delhi, India
Enriching Collaborative Practices Across Cultural Borders: Constructing Alternatives in Psychotherapy, Education, Community and Organization Development, and Research Practices
We live in a time when national and cultural boundaries are dissolving. This continuous movement of meanings, traditions, people and practices comes with both challenges and opportunities. With an appreciation of the multiple constructions of realities and values, and a belief that collaboration is our major means of moving forward together, conference participants will both share and create enriching practices in diverse professional arenas.
Continue reading Across Cultural Borders: Constructing Alternatives in Psychotherapy: Merida, Yutacan, Mexico
To act is to inter-act and to be is to inter-be (Gandavyuha Sutra): “I am linked, therefore I am” (K.J. Gergen). In effect, thinking is relational activity executed as covert-private verbalized/visualized speech. Usually unbeknownst, intentional or premeditated action (karma) arises non-independently, moves body/speech/mind, and could result in psychological malaise. Emotions around birth, aging, illness, and death are – like separation from loved ones, union with unloved ones, and not attaining goals – relational performances of affect: creative scenarios expressing socio-cultural meaning.