Many people are hungry for understanding and skills that can improve relationships and help us to communicate more effectively. But our habitual ways of thinking and speaking often hinder positive communication and create misunderstanding and frustration. Even when we don’t intend it, poor communication skills may cause needless conflict. Compassionate communication is about seeing ourselves in others and others in ourselves, especially when people do things we find offensive, harmful or destructive. It is the practice of giving love when it is the hardest to do.
Compassionate communication strategies help us discover what is really alive in us. We begin to understand how all our actions are only ever about seeking to meet our human needs. And this is the same for everyone! This simple process helps us to find ways to get our needs met, while also helping others to get their needs met.
Venerable Bom Hyon Sunim is from the Korean Zen tradition and is resident at the Korean Jong Bop Sa Temple in Sydney. Sunim has recently relocated to Sydney, having lived in Victoria for the past 8 years, where she was the resident teacher of the Bodhi Ahm Buddhist Centre and founded the Healthcare Chaplaincy program for the Buddhist Council. She is also the Senior Buddhist Chaplain for the Australian Defense Forces.
All Sessions by dana (donation).
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions.
Saturday 14 July 2018 from 1pm to 4pm
Saturday 11 August 2018 from 1pm to 4pm
Saturday 18 August 2018 from 1pm to 4pm