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A Buddhist/Psychotherapeutic Perspective: Doing the Right Thing in a World of Alternative Facts, with Dr. Sean Pritchard

Banyen Talk

Sunday, September 15, 2019
11:30am to 1:00pm
at: 

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.

cost: 
Free

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Vipassana Retreat
September 20-29, 2019
The Hermitage, Denman Island
Info & Registration Here

How can we find our way through a seemingly ever more extreme welter of competing viewpoints to discern what is truly balanced, wholesome and beneficial to ourselves and others? The internet and social media can be useful tools but their aggregate effect for so many of us now seems to be negative. Dr. Pritchard—formerly the monk U Vansarakhita and currently a practicing psychotherapist—suggests that through meditation we can begin to observe the real physiological/neurological effects of our online involvements, including stress, anxiety and the atrophy of our capacity for critical thinking. Meditation works to de-activate the stress response and to deepen relaxation. While external ethical guidelines such as the Buddhist precepts can help us negotiate the confusing choices we are faced with every day, meditation practice can lead to a more visceral understanding—to seeing directly what is needed.

Dr. Sean Pritchard holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and currently has a private counselling practice in Vancouver. He spent several years as an ordained Buddhist monk (U Vansarakkhita) in the Burmese Theravada tradition, studying with Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa, one of the chief disciples of the great Mahasi Sayadaw. During this period he was placed in charge of Dhammodaya Meditation Center in Thailand and traveled worldwide teaching Mahasi-style vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (loving-kindness) meditation practices to many different cultures and nationalities. His experience and teaching has provided him with a unique perspective on the Asian and Western understanding of mental health.

Vipassana Retreat: September 20-29 at The Hermitage on Denman Island. Cost $585-$855 depending on accommodation (includes food and lodging but not a donation to the teacher). Register at https://thehermitage.ca/retreats