Echoes of Ends and Beginnings

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Echoes of Ends and Beginnings

A presentation by John Allen

Thursday, November 7, 2013 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

From the first and last exhortations of the Buddha to meetings and stories from remote parts of Australia, I will share an exploration of the meaning and myth making that we all, perhaps, bring to our life journeys. By myth I mean, stories that try to talk about things that a bare recounting of facts may not illuminate. A certain patience is necessary to disentangle layers of meanings that a person or, more confusingly, generations of people and cultures have overlaid onto the lives of various ‘culture heroes’ in the recent and distant past. Perhaps similar forces are at work too, in our understanding of ourselves as both ‘culture hero’ and commentator of our own stories and lives.

John Allan has over 40 years experience in the practice and study of the Buddha’s Path and has links to many schools of Buddhist practice. For 20 years John worked as a psychotherapist, specialising in working with
perpetrators and victims of violence. He was director of the Spirit of the Land foundation, working with remote aboriginal communities. He has worked with Senior Elders in: The Kimberley, Central Australia and Arnhem Land. In 2001 John was recognised’ as a bungulwa – a ceremony leader and also given the name and role of “Wititj” (Rainbow
Snake person) in a rare ceremony, by Elders of the Galpu Clan of Eastern Arnhem Land. John has been deeply involved the Lismore Lantern Parade for 20 years and encourages a creative engagement with contemporary Buddhist practice in this ancient land. He likes to sing and chant in Pali and English.