When His Holiness the Dalai Lama first visited the west he was shocked by people who experienced depressive feelings and a sense of inadequacy. His Holiness regularly observes that despite extraordinary benefits brought on by material progress and physical health, people can be left feeling vulnerable and insecure dealing with daily life's ups and downs.
The darkness of depression is experienced by many of us, if not personally, then probably by someone we love impacting on our relationships, families, workplaces and community. A great deal of resources have been directed into raising public awareness around depression, but how much of this condition is well understood by modern research?
Buddhist teaching shines light on the causes of mental well-being in order to regain emotional resilience and inspiration. The Buddhist meditation method of mindfulness is respected amongst health workers in the field of depression because it goes beyond just treating the symptoms with medications.
In this very timely talk, Lama Choedak Rinpoche offers from his heart, succinctly and with humour, the profound Buddhist understanding of depression and anxiety and the antidotes to these states. Rinpoche takes us through the process of transforming the debilitating grip of these mental states into fulfillment, appreciative joy and confidence.
Recorded Thursday 3rd April 2014, Lyneham High School Auditorium, Lyneham ACT Australia.