Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple and Women’s Association invite you to Tools for Spiritual Wellness, our 6th annual conference, a day to gain understanding of the connection between Buddhism and women’s everyday lives – through listening to professionals in psychology and Buddhism and engaging in supplemental activities. Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, 1417 South Main Street, Seattle, WA 98144. Register online at https://seattlebetsuin.wufoo.com/forms/r1hf0w10ezyu7/.
Rev. Carmela Javellana-Hirano, MD
Founder, Sanctuary for Healing & Integration
Assistant Minister, Salt Lake City Buddhist Temple
She writes, “My topic is called ‘The Wounded Heart’ to connect with the heart of our humanity (dukkha), the courage it takes to acknowledge that, and turning to the healing ‘heart of Amida’” (eshin). Javellana is a health care provider in greater Salt Lake City, UT and specializes in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. “In the Western Hemisphere, people think of themselves as individuals, but in the Eastern world, life is about interdependence, “Javellana said. “It’s about being conscious of other people and not just thinking about yourself,” Javellana said of interdependence. “Basically, we wouldn’t be anywhere in our lives if it were not for the support and help of other people.” – KSL.com
Elizabeth Myoen Sykes, PhD
Japanese Soto Zen Practitioner
Co-Director, Eco Sangha at Seattle U
Elizabeth will speak about:
“Tara’s Response: Deep Listening and Right Speech in our Relationships.” Mass media, mass communication, mass distraction. With so many voices in our midst it can be difficult to find the space, the inner space of the heart, for deep communication between people. We’ve all felt at some time in our lives the devastating effect of not being heard in relationships, or of being silenced. Maybe we’ve even seen the impact our own not-hearing has had on others. When this gets turned around, real change can happen. In my work as a psychotherapist I have witnessed the fierce power that listening and the feeling of being heard by another can have to heal people and their relationships. In this session we’ll look at a few of the difficulties we face in communicating with others, highlighting those particular to women. Then we will talk about (and experience) how Buddhist teachings and practice can help us work toward deep responsiveness to others, both in how we listen and speak.
Brief Bio: In my psychotherapy practice in Seattle, I specialize in working with people through life transitions, grief and loss, depression and anxiety. My style is humanistic and existential, which focuses on healing psychological wounds through relationship. I also work with a small agency where we help people with chronic mental illness and their loved ones create stable and more fulfilling lives. I am guided and inspired in my work as a therapist by a background in philosophy and my Zen meditation practice. I have a doctorate in philosophy from DePaul University and taught philosophy at Seattle University for 14 years. I have been a co-leader of Seattle University’s EcoSangha for the past 12 years. In 2008 I received jukai from Rev. Kosho Itagaki in the Soto Zen tradition and was given my dharma name, Myoen.
Naikan Introspection led by Dr. Javellano-Hirano
Taiko instructed by Matsuri Taiko
Tara Dancing instructed by Kimberly Abbey
Guided Meditation led by Dr. Sikes