In the Summer of 2018, as a Vietnamese American social work professor in the United States, Huong Nguyen, PhD, MSW, MA, BA, took a one-year “leave without pay” from the university to move to a Buddhist temple in a remote mountainous area in Thailand to conduct research. Dr. Nguyen's research questions at that time included:
1. What causes mental disorders?
2. What does the true original, possibly universal, good “order” of the mind/mental look like?
3. How can we treat mental disorders at the roots?
4. How do we help everyone, regardless of race, gender, and cultural origin, develop life-long mental wellbeing?
At the end of the first year, she did not leave the temple. In fact, she continued to stay until now, conducting research, training with Buddhist masters from completely different teaching styles, and learning many things beyond the research questions that she set out to answer.
In this webinar, Dr. Nguyen will share some key findings – scientific and otherwise - from her years living in the temple. The findings are meant to be an introduction to how we can better understand and improve our mental health, and thus live a life with much less suffering.
After this webinar participants will:
- Understand the root cause (the seed) and diverse expressions (the fruits) of mental suffering.
- Understand how our physical and mental habits enable suffering to bud, grow, flourish, and bear fruits in our life (the cultivating process).
- Understand and try key tools to help them alleviate mental suffering and achieve better mental wellbeing.
October 25, Noon to 1 p.m. Central
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