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Spiritual Care Training for Buddhists

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Spiritual Care Training for Buddhists

The course is conducted over three consecutive Saturdays made up of six sessions:

The next two sessions will occur on: 20 May (9.30am4:30pm) and 24 June (9.30am – 1pm). No new registrations will be accepted without prior approval, unless they had attended the first session on 29 April, so please contact us first on contact[at]mettacentre.com.

Buddhist teachings have much to offer a sick or dying person to help them find their own ‘spiritual healing’, including a willingness to be present with them in an attitude of openness and compassion, and using skillful means that can meet each moment and situation with creativity.

The course is suitable for everyone. The course will help you to relate compassionately to those who are sick, frail or disabled. You will gain skills to enable you to be caring, calm, patient, understanding, and to communicate more effectively. New skills may be useful in your own life and daily practice. Or may also help you to be more skillful in supporting family and friends, workplace colleagues, or support you in your work as a professional Carer.

If you are interested in volunteering, or in a professional role the course will better equip you to support people from your own faith or spiritual community, who are ill at home, in hospital, or in another kind of healthcare setting. If you are interested in volunteering or employment as a Spiritual Care Practitioner or Healthcare Chaplain in hospitals, aged care centres, or similar, this course offers a pathway for you.

Listening as a core skill: Spiritual Care training deepens awareness and helps us to understand that each persons story and spirituality is unique, yet similar to others, and worthy of respect.

When we sit quietly with another person, we gradually become more aware of that person’s presence and begin to accept and appreciate them. These two qualities, awareness and acceptance,are the ground of kindness.

The Australian Aboriginal people have a traditional practice known as “dadirri’, which is a deep listening, a spiritual skill based on respect. Deep listening is inner quiet, still awareness, waiting.

The Spiritual Care relationship: Through attentive and reflective listening to an individual’s experience and story, the Spiritual Carer helps the person to identify their own spiritual resources and needs, and to find meaning and connectedness in their present experience.

The Course is suitable for Buddhists from all traditions: Participants are encouraged to learn from others and to reflect on Spiritual Care practice in light of their own tradition. People from other faiths or no faith are also welcome.


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