Venerable Dr. Juewei
Saturday September 26th
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REFLECTIONS 2020: CREATIVITY, COMPASSION AND CAPACITY
The CoronaVirus outbreak has set in motion one of the greatest disruptions to many people’s lives. Its reach cuts across geographical, ethnic, generational, economic, and religious borders. It has fundamentally changed the way people work, live, and study; routines and rituals are changing – including the fact that this Dharma meeting will be held fully online rather than face to face, just like many other Dharma talks around the world. This New Normal has forced governments, corporations, schools, communities, families, and individuals to rethink, recalibrate and re-engineer for continuity and sanity.
The first national survey of mental health of people in Australia in the first month of COVID-19 restrictions found that mental health problems were at least twice as prevalent as in non-pandemic circumstances. Symptoms include clinically significant depressive and generalised anxiety symptoms, thoughts of being better off dead or of self-harm, and irritability. Researchers from Monash University believe that other mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder will show up as studies progress.
How do we cope with the anxieties of not-knowing and the complications that we have to deal with? Over the past few months, I have frequently turned to the Dharma to help me reflect on existential questions facing me and my community. If this pandemic happened when Venerable Master Hsing Yun were my age, how would he had responded? In this meeting in the Dharma, I would like to share a few reflections, including the 3Cs of creativity, compassion and capacity guided by the practice of Humanistic Buddhism, and my new routines that have helped to centre me at the eye of what felt like a disruptive hurricane. I welcome you to join me in this meeting of the Dharma.
Venerable Dr Juewei
Ph.D (Religious Studies) University of the West, USA, MA (Buddhist Studies) Tsung-Lin Buddhist College, Taiwan, MBA (Cranfield University) Bedford, UK, MS (Computer Science and Engineering) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, BS with highest distinction (Computer Science and Engineering), Honors in Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
Juewei Shi is Head of Program for Humanistic Buddhism, Director of the Humanistic Buddhism Centre, and Senior Lecturer at Nan Tien Institute in Australia. She teaches subjects related to Humanistic Buddhism (HB) and Chinese Buddhism, supported by her research and development that revolves around acculturation and application of Buddhist teachings in the modern world. She also authored Parading the Buddha: localising Buddha’s birthday celebrations.
Juewei holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Master of Arts in Buddhist studies, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering. Juewei began her career as an applied R&D engineer in Artificial Intelligence systems in the 1980s and moved on to management positions in Singapore’s statutory bodies. She made her millennial decision to join the Fo Guang Shan order when she realised that she could be of the best service to humanity through promoting humanistic values in an increasingly-divided world.
To increase the accessibility of Juewei’s research and development, she leads global teams of volunteers to develop an NTI Visualiser, HB Journal (journal.nantien.edu.au), Communities of Practice (communities.nantien.edu.au), Turning Points stories (facebook.com/turningpointsstories), Buddha’s Birthday Education Project (thebbep.org) as well as mobile apps and podcasts (soundcloud.com/nti-hbc).
This program will be held Saturday, September 26 from 1:30-3:00 pm SYD. It will be conducted via Zoom. After registration, you will receive an email with simple instructions for downloading and using Zoom on your computer, laptop, or other device. At least 24 hours before the start time, you will receive an email with a link to join the talk.
Office Phone: +61 (2) 4258 0724
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