Preface

Suffering in the form of stress and psychological problems are continuously haunting modern societies. To deal with this important social issue, mental health professionals including psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, mental and health care workers as well as social workers all strive to help by providing various forms of psychosocial interventions.

Buddhism, with its long history and specialty in dealing with suffering, has been an inspiration for social scientists to come up with new theories and techniques in handling these psychosocial issues. Many of these Buddhist-inspired interventions have demonstrated to be efficacious in alleviating various forms of suffering.

A crucial dimension not to be overlooked is the disarraying effects of physical incapacities on patients, in particular during the inevitable decline of the human life process. The growing contributions of Buddhism towards fields such as palliative care and general health care further demonstrates how Buddhist Teachings are inextricably linked with the alleviation of suffering, and is therefore integral to the wellbeing of the lives of many patients, their families and caregivers.

In response to the rising demand of Buddhist counselling and counselling techniques, this symposium will focus on Buddhist-inspired psychosocial interventions and explore how Buddhist Teachings and practices can contribute further into alleviating sufferings in today’s world. This symposium aims to foster knowledge and skills exchanges for scholars, researchers, psychologists, medics and paramedics, social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors, and the general public. It is hoped that participants can develop insights into the Buddhist understanding of suffering and ending of suffering and apply these knowledge skillfully for the good of all.