Life and Buddhism: Secrets of the Heart
Buddhism in Contemporary Society Lecture Series
Free admission; registration required.
Venerable Sik Hin Hung, Acting Director, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Our heart is so dear and close to us. It dictates our life, our happiness and interpersonal relationships. Very often, it is so close to us that we do not really understand it and have great difficulty in handling it. As a result, our hearts suffer from fear, anger, anxiety, loneliness and other unwholesome emotions. 2500 years ago, the Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. He became enlightened to the true nature of our mind and heart. As a result, he was able to find true peace of mind and sustainable happiness. During this talk, Venerable Hin Hung will talk about the Buddha's enlightening experience and his understanding of our mind and heart so that we can learn to deal with our mind and heart more skillfully.
Venerable Sik Hin Hung, MA (London), is a Buddhist monk ordained under the Mahayana tradition. He is the lineage holder of the Ch’an schools of LingJi (臨濟宗) and Guiyang (溈仰宗). His main interest is in "repackaging" the teaching of Buddhism so that it becomes "user-friendly" for people in today’s world. He is the Acting Director and one of the Founding Fellows of the Centre of Buddhist Studies of the University of Hong Kong, where he is also teaching. Ven. Hin Hung also provides counseling and spiritual guidance to staff of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and the needy. He has published books and articles on Buddhism, psychotherapy and personal growth. The motto of the spiritual growth center he founded is "Be mindful of your heart!" He is currently working on many research projects, including Dharma Therapy and the Traditional Chinese Ethics and Religious Studies Project.