On Sunday 22 December, Nalandians and devotees were privileged to attend a talk by Dr. Phang Cheng Kar, a practising psychiatrist and a popular Dharma speaker. The title of his talk was ‘Managing the 8 Winds of Change with Equanimity’. In his introduction, Dr. Phang mentioned that all men are subjected to 4 desirable conditions, Gain (labho), Fame (yaso), Praise (pasamsa), and Happiness (sukha), as well as 4 undesirable conditions namely, Loss (alabho), Defame (ayaso), Blame (ninda), and Unhappiness (dukkha).
Dr. Phang also shared about practical methods to overcome difficulties that we face in handling emotions during changing times. Among the useful methods include developing ‘AAM’ (Accept, Adjust and Move on) mindset, practising mindful breathing with visualization, radiating loving kindness (metta), and developing compassion towards oneself.
We would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Phang for his insightful and practical sharing, which inspired and uplifted the spirit of all listeners. Sadhu anumodana!