Online: Kalachakra and Western Psychology
Dr Adrian Hekel is a western medical practitioner in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales Australia, who specializes in psychological medicine and trauma therapy. He has also been a keen student of Tibetan Buddhism for almost 20 years, having worked with Khentrul Rinpoche and the Tibetan Buddhist Rime Institute for over 15 years. In this conversation, we will discuss how the principles of Kalachakra and modern psychology integrate and how we can explore our inner landscape through difference lenses to a happier and more holistic existence.
THE HOLISTIC LIFE SERIES
Dzokden has purchased 40 acres of land in order to build a spiritual paradise for all types of people to experience the life changing qualities of the Kalachakra path. Land of Shambhala will give sentient beings an opportunity to find harmony with our external environment, internal and enlightened reality. This is a space for people to authentically connect and be present in the world while living with greater vitality, love and purpose. The centre will offer a holistic program of Kalachakra medicine, yoga, philosophy, astrology and science.
As part of Rinpoche’s vision, we will bring together the teachings of Kalachakra, the sciences and the various wisdom traditions in one place. The Land of Shambhala Holistic Life Series discussions will introduce experts in the fields of Tibetan Buddhism, Kalachakra Six Yogas, Western Psychology, Astrology, Ayurveda, Tibetan and Chinese Medicine, Herbs, Feng Shui and Sache who will discuss the benefits of these sciences and how the integrate to the vision of creating the Golden Age of Peace and Harmony in our World.
Each month, we will have guest experts talk in their respective areas of expertise in a conversational forum. The talk series will be streamed on Facebook live and also Zoom where audiences will be given the opportunity to ask questions of our expert.
When: Aug 15, 2021 07:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Topic: Land of Shambhala Holistic Living Series – 1
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Dr. Adrian Hekel
Dr Adrian Hekel is a western medical practitioner in Coffs Harbour, New South
Wales Australia, who specializes in psychological medicine and trauma therapy. He has also been a keen student of Tibetan Buddhism for almost 20 years, having first met his root teacher Khentrul Rinpoche in 2003. Adrian initially studied science and education at the University of Queensland, which
included two years immersed in neuroscience research. He later completed his
medical studies at Flinders University in 2005, settling as a GP in Coffs Harbour in
2012 after several years of hospital work. After six years working in an integrative
medical clinic which also incorporated nutritional medicine and acupuncture, he
became passionate about addressing the hidden epidemic of emotional trauma and social disconnection which so often lies at the root of chronic ill health. This
prompted him to pursue further training in psychological therapies such as hypnosis, eye movement trauma therapy (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and cognitive therapy (CBT). He aims to inspire other health professionals, especially GPs, to embrace trauma-informed care and learn how recovery is possible for even the most difficult patients.
Ever since his early 20’s, Adrian was also drawn to richly explore the inner
landscape through the lens of different spiritual traditions, especially Tibetan
Buddhism. He lived with Khentrul Rinpoche for three years, helping write several
books including A Happier Life, which integrates principles of Buddhism and modern psychology. He has also had experience with Theravada, Zen, Shaivism and contemplative Christianity. Although his core spiritual practice aligns with traditional Buddhism – especially the Kalachakra path – he is passionate about bridging spirituality and psychology. In this regard his mentors include Dr Pee Tek Chan, Dr Graham Williams and Kelly Blaser.
Adrian is now inspired to make the precious Kalachakra path truly accessible to a
wide audience, and is commencing a group Awareness Coaching Program which
brings together his experience in trauma and psychology with his love of meditation and spirituality.
He now lives with his partner and son in the beautiful Boambee Valley near Coffs
Harbour, passionate about walking a path of service and awakening amidst daily life.