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Professor-Paul-Gilbert-1200pxIt may or may not be something in the air but our region features two presentations today influenced by Buddhist thinking: one about reincarnation and one about compassion.

A leading psychotherapist, Professor Gilbert (pictured), founded and developed compassion-focused therapy, has published over 130 books and academic papers, and was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his contributions to mental health.

He has been running a three-day workshop in Byron Bay on compassion-focused therapy and will tonight hold a free talk on the subject of strengthening the mind through the power of self-compassion at the Lismore Workers Club from 5.30 till 7pm.

The University Centre for Rural Health in Lismore is sponsoring the talk and its associate professor in mental health, James Bennett-Levy, says of the work, ‘it offers people a fundamental reorientation in how we look at ourselves. I have found that I am much less harsh on myself than I used to be. That gives you a much greater sense of freedom. Life is easier and happier.

And also today, local writer and raconteur Daniel Prokop will present a free author talk about his self-published second book Taking it With You – a novel about re-incarnation, money and a free Tibet.

A standout element of Daniel’s book is that it has been blessed by the Dalai Lama.

He told Echonetdaily how this came about.

‘As a script I have been working on it since 2000 and have had various communications with the Tibetan government in exile and His Holiness’s representatives here in Australia.

‘In 2008, through the Dalai Lama in Australia organisation, a copy of the script was given to His Holiness. It was placed on a table with other objects and was blessed by the Dalai Lama. As a printed book I asked His Holiness’s representative in Australia, Mr Sonam Norbu Dagpo, if the blessing also applied to the novel and he confirmed that it does.’

Daniel’s talk is at the Brunswick Library, also from 5.30 till 7pm.

Don’t bash yourself up about not being able to get to both events.

 


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