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Compassionate Communication Workshop (July & August)
Until we make peace with ourselves, no peace will ever happen in the world. Many people are hungry for understanding and skills that can improve relationships and help us to communicate more effectively. But our habitual ways of thinking and speaking often hinder positive communication and create misunderstanding and frustration. Even when we don’t intend it, poor communication skills may cause needless conflict. Compassionate Communication is about seeing ourselves in others and others in ourselves, especially when people do things we find offensive, harmful or destructive. It is the practice of giving love when it is the hardest to do. Compassionate Communication gives form to this commitment. We search our heart and focus our intention, bringing awareness to transforming fear and judgment. By excavating underneath our habits, we understand how our needs, longings, dreams, and values inform our reactions to others. Having compassion for ourselves is important as it nurtures a heart that is open to the needs of another. When we listen to others with compassionate presence, their core humanity shines forth. Compassionate Communication strategies help us discover what is really alive in us. We begin to understand how all our actions are only ever about seeking to meet our human needs. And this is the same for everyone! This simple process helps us to find ways to get our needs met, while also helping others to get their needs met. It’s a 4-step process which is easy to grasp and very effective in getting to the root of discord, pain and conflict – quickly and peacefully. By simply examining the unmet needs behind what we say or do, we reduce hostility, heal pain and strengthen our relationships. As we begin to question our view of the world and our place in it, we start to wake up and live in harmony with our self and others. But most of all, it’s about being in touch. This is a skills-based approach, grounded in mindfulness and cultivating a quality of presence, to help free ourselves from reactions & habits. 4 Saturdays (2 in July and 2 in August) 1pm – 4pm 7th July 14th July 11th August 18th August Speaker’s Profile: Venerable Bom Hyon Sunim is from the Korean Zen tradition and is resident at the Korean Jong Bop Sa Temple in Sydney. Sunim has recently relocated to Sydney, having lived in Victoria for the past 8 years, where she was the resident teacher of the Bodhi Ahm Buddhist Centre and founded the Healthcare Chaplaincy program for the Buddhist Council. She is also the Senior Buddhist Chaplain for the Australian Defense Forces. Sunim conducts regular teachings and retreats and continues to teach regularly with the Melbourne Sakya group. She is active in interfaith and welcomes engagement with all who are spiritually & ecologically motivated to live in right relationship to the planet & all beings. All Sessions by Dana (donation). Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The teachings flourish in an atmosphere of generosity and gratitude, and these qualities in turn support the growth of wisdom and compassion in the practitioner. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a specified fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?” This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course (e.g., administrative & venue costs).

Buddhist Library and Meditation Centre

90 Church St · Camperdown

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Buddhist Library Ltd is a non-sectarian, not for-profit religious and educational organisation based in Camperdown, Sydney. The Library was founded by a group committed to raise public awareness about Buddhism and Buddhist Meditation practice.

Its core aim is to provide Buddhism and Meditation courses, information and Buddhist resources to its members, the public, media and other Buddhist organisations in Australia. The Buddhist Library is funded by donations, memberships and income from its activities such as courses and public talks. It does not receive government grants or funding.

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