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NTI Conversations series

Welcome to NTI’s new Conversations series, a dynamic new initiative offering a series of informative free talks, designed to spark curiosity and foster knowledge sharing within our communities.

Each session will feature an expert speaker or panel who will tackle a range of topics covering contemporary issues relating to health, wellness, faith and spiritual practice, mental health and mindfulness. Join NTI Conversations online or in-person to discover the latest thinking on a range of issues and approaches to practice that can change the way we live. 

Joy, Love, Compassion and Equanimity: The Evidence-Based Heart of Secular Buddhism

Associate Professor Pema Duddul

To be held Wednesday 24 July, 1pm-2pm AEST: Register here

Discover how these core principles of Buddhism are supported by modern scientific research and can be applied to enhance your everyday life. This talk delves into the practical benefits of these timeless values, offering insights into how they promote mental well-being, resilience, and harmonious relationships. Whether you are new to Buddhism or seeking a deeper understanding, this lecture will provide valuable knowledge and tools to cultivate a balanced and fulfilling life.

Associate Professor Pema Duddul is an adjunct in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New England. He is also the Engagement Project Manager for the Humanistic Buddhism Centre at Nan Tien Institute and a Dharma teacher for Pristine Awareness: Foundation for Buddhist Practice. Pema was the Buddhist chaplain for the University of Southern Queensland from 2019 to 2023, as part of the university’s multi-faith service. Pema is also the author of dozens of scholarly and creative works, including his most recent book: Luminous Awareness: A Guidebook to Natural Awakening in Life and in Death (2022), which includes a foreword by the Dalai Lama. Pema has been teaching Dharma since 2006, with a focus on The Four Immeasurables (joy, love, compassion and equanimity).

Chinese Medicine and Emotions

Professor Chris Zaslawski

Chinese medicine has a unique perspective on the role of emotions in health and well-being. Understand how Chinese medicine views emotions through concepts such as the five elements, zangfu (organs of the body). Learn how acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used to treat psychological and emotional conditions. Hear how Buddhism has influenced the development of Chinese medicine.

This seminar presents theories and practices of emotional regulation informed by a Chinese medicine perspective, and suggests ways it may be helpful in your everyday life.

Visiting Professor Chris Zaslawski was Chinese medicine discipline leader within the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology, Sydney until he retired in December 2020. A clinician, educator and researcher, Chris has been involved in research into the role of acupuncture and taijiquan on stress and anxiety.

Offering a high degree of flexibility, our courses can be studied online or on campus, full or part-time. Our courses are designed for health and wellness professionals, counsellors, educators, and other leaders who are balancing a work schedule and already have an undergraduate degree. Enrol now or at a time that suits you.