ABS NEWS – APRIL 2016

Learn how to implement a 12-week Mindfulness program in your school

Following on from significant interest in NTI’s subject, Mindfulness: Theory and Practice for Schools, NTI will now offer the program for teachers in the Brisbane area.

This 2 day BOSTES-accredited program will run 2-3 July. Participants will learn details of how to implement a 12-week mindfulness program in their schools. They will discover a variety of new classroom techniques based on theories and practices of mindfulness, with the objective of:

  • creating classroom environments promoting increased wellbeing and resilience
  • maximising empathy and kindness in student groups
  • developing a deeper understanding of, and potentially transforming, conflicts
  • revealing insights into moral issues and their ethical backgrounds
  • reducing stress in the classroom
  • enhancing the professional and personal experiences of teaching staff.

More information and to register.
 


NTI students – Call for Papers: 15th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women

NTI would like to invite its students to submit a paper for the upcoming 15th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women conference at the University of Hong Kong. The conference will be held on 22-28 June 2017, and the theme will be ‘Contemporary Buddhist Women: Contemplation, Cultural Exchange & Social Action’. Proposals are now being accepted there for panel presentations and workshops. All proposals (250-500 words in length) must be submitted by 15 June 2016, and those with accepted proposals will need to submit final papers by 1 August 2016.

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ABS Research Seminar Series: upcoming round table discussion

NTI’s ABS Department will hold a round table discussion entitled: ‘Research on first-person experiences of Buddhist insight meditation (vipassanā) practices: approaches, methods and methodological issues’, on Friday 27 May, 12:30-1:30pm on the NTI Wollongong Campus. All interested members of the public are welcome to attend and participate. 

The round table discussion will be facilitated by NTI Lecturers Dr Tamara Ditrich and Royce Wiles. Three of NTI’s students – Pilar Helmers, Achim Schenk and Trish Carroll – who are all currently conducting research in the areas of first-person experiences of Buddhist vipassanā meditation practices – will conduct brief presentations on their findings. There will also be discussion on the consideration of questions of method and issues related to this type of research.
 


Specialist international academic – Dr Anja Zalta to lecture on ‘Mindfulness and Conflict Transformation’

As part of NTI’s commitment to gathering leading academics from around the world to share their unique specialist knowledge with students, NTI has invited Dr Anja Zalta from the University of Ljubljana in Europe, to lecture on Mindfulness and Conflict Transformation. Dr Zalta is a lecturer in the Sociology Department, teaching in the areas of Sociology of Religion, Gender and Religion, and Comparative Religion and Modern Society.

In addition to publishing numerous articles on religious traditions and identities, inter-religious dialogue, and mindfulness, Dr Zalta is also a mediator, and has field experience in conflict mediation from Bosnia and Turkey.

Dr Zalta also holds a Master of Arts in Applied Buddhist Studies from NTI. During her Masters work she researched mindfulness as a tool for conflict resolution, and is currently working on a research project focussed on the application of mindfulness as a conflict transformation method for interreligious dialogue and peace building.

Dr Zalta will share her knowledge, experiences and findings in the upcoming NTI subject – Mindfulness and Conflict Transformation. The subject will also have a strong practical component, focussing on intra-psyche change based on mindfulness theory and practice, starting from the premise that the preparation for peace on the social level has to start with individual transformation.

 

Date: 
10 May 2016