On 7 October, Nalanda Institute organised a Dhamma forum themed the ‘Path to Mental Well-being’, in conjunction with ‘World Mental Health Day’. The forum aimed to address the mental-health crisis that the world is facing today.
The forum speakers – Nalanda founder, Bro. Tan; consultant psychiatrist Dr.Phang Cheng Kar; and psychologist Ms. May Liu – discussed how one can recognise and overcome mental suffering. Dr.Phang advised the audience to empathise with those in mental distress; we should provide them with the right support as good friends or relatives. Ms. Liu focused her presentation on family dynamics, especially parents’ own mental stability which greatly affect their children’s emotional development.
Bro. Tan reminded us that suffering and unhappiness are common phenomena in life; the key point is being able to cope with it. The Buddha’s teaching is about overcoming the causes of ‘dukkha’ (suffering) through internalising Dhamma – especially (starting with) Right Views and Right Thoughts. Putting aside restlessness in the mind and quieting our proliferations, we can achieve peace and tranquillity of mind.
We thank the speakers, moderator Achariya Tan Siang Chye, and the participative audience for a lively, insightful, and meaningful discussion on this important subject. Sadhu anumodana!