Organisers of Saturday’s free meditation session were blown away by the amount of people who attended.
The almost 50 chairs available quickly filled up with people eager to hear from Venerable Dr Buddhrakkita.
Coming from dairy country in Ireland, Dr Buddhrakkita said he felt right at home in Shepparton.
Organised by the Buddhist Association of the Goulburn Valley at the Shepparton Senior Citizens hall, Dr Buddhrakkita spoke about the history of meditation before asking a few guests what they hoped to achieve from the session.
‘‘It’s about teaching how to cultivate skillful thinking,’’ he said.
‘‘I usually try to figure out what’s going on with people and try to figure out what they need to hear.
‘‘Mostly I’ll be trying to help people to connect to their life.’’
The GV Buddhist association’s president Sam Atukorala said he was incredibly pleased with the turn-out, while Dr Buddhrakkita was pleased to see such a cross-section of different cultures present.
‘‘Meditation is a gift. It’s not just a therapy, but it does have a therapeutic role,’’ he said.
Dr Buddhrakkita focused the beginning of the session on the issue of stress in the context of pain as well as smoking cigarettes.
‘‘Stress is a symptom of suffering and we get out of suffering by cultivating wisdom,’’ he said.
Dr Buddhrakkita is a Buddhist teacher with more than seven years of monkhood in the Theravada Forest Tradition.