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TITLE:
Q & A about Mindfulness: Unpacking the Myths and Misconceptions
WHEN:
06.Jun.2014 07:00pm - 09:00pm
WHERE:
University of New South Wales -
Category:
UNIBUDS

DESCRIPTION

Q & A about meditation and mindfulness: Unpacking the myths, misconceptions and cultivating “right understanding” about these practices

Dr Belinda S.L. Khong

LLB (Hons), PHD, MAPS, MCcounP

&

 Mr Charles Khong

Interest in meditation and mindfulness practices has grown phenomenally in a relatively short time. This growing interest is both exciting and disconcerting, and raises a number of concerns. The first part of the talk will explore:

·        Some current research and applications of meditation and mindfulness in medicine, mental health, corporations and society;

·        Some myths, misconceptions and misunderstanding about the practices;

·        The importance of cultivating “right understanding” of these practices in the context of the Buddha’s teachings.

The second part of the talk comprises an open forum with Q & A on these practices and the Buddha’s teachings with the speakers.

 

Bio-Data

 

Dr Belinda Khong is a practising psychologist, and a member of the College of Counselling Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society, and the American Psychological Association (APA). She also lectures at the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney. Dr Khong is a Director of The Stress Reduction Centre in Australia Ltd (SRCAL). She counsels individuals and families on mental health issues, stress management, coping with change, and personal growth. She completed an intensive professional training program on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health-Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA; and a 7-day professional residential training program under the directions of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr Saki Santorelli. Dr Khong serves on the editorial boards of The Humanistic Psychologist, and Mindfulness. She was the guest editor for The Humanistic Psychologist Special Issues (2009) on “Mindfulness in psychology” and (2013): on “Bringing Heidegger home: A Journey Through the lived worlds of psychologists and philosophers” (American Psychological Association). Dr Khong gives talks and runs training workshops and seminars on managing stress using mindfulness-based approaches for organisations, corporations and professionals in Australia and overseas.

 

Mr Charles Khong is the Executive Director of the Stress Reduction Center in Australia Ltd (SRCAL). He holds a commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, and is a fellow at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Following his retirement from professional practice, he is pursuing his longstanding interest in bringing mindfulness and meditation practices for managing stress, and for promoting health and well-being to organizations and the community. Mr Khong completed a training program on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA, and a 7-day intensive professional residential training program under the directions of Drs Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. He regularly conducts meditation sessions and gives talks to organisations, and members of the public.

 

 

 

 

VENUE

Venue:
University of New South Wales

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