Author, life coach and musician Janet Kathleen Ettele will give a talk on Buddhist teachings and finding inner peace at the Levi E. Coe Library Saturday.
“You don’t have to be Buddhist to come to this talk and get something from it that you can incorporate into your everyday life,” Ettele said. “(It’s) for anyone who is finding that they’d like to have a peaceful state of mind.”
Registration through the library is still open with space for Ettele’s April 27 talk, which will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The talk’s focus was born of a quote from the Dalai Lama: “World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”
Ettele, a Bethel resident, said she was inspired by the meaning and felt strongly about the mind being an important hub of one’s own life experience.
She said in the current state of the world, there seems to be a great need for inner peace and increased compassion.
“There’s so much going on in the world that the last several years has been a crescendo of stress and anxiety and kind of hatred and anger and it’s kind of palpable,” Ettele said.
Her talk will explore the power of inner peace to affect world peace, through concepts like impermanence, cause and effect and mindfulness.
She said she’s not interested in converting people to Buddhism. The idea is more to share some of the philosophies that could help with issues that are common to the human condition.
“If you can take some of these philosophical views, if you take from this something you can use in your life, then that’s the important part,” Ettele said.
The talk will begin with Ettele’s original music, played live with record producer Gary Lefowith.
Ettele is also author of a series of books based on the teachings of an 8th-century Indian Buddhist monk named Shatideva, called The Six Perfections. Each book follows a young adult named Troy, living in New England and learning through the life challenges he faces.
She will discuss the fictional books and copies will be available for purchase. The fourth book of the six-part series is expected next year.
The writing process has helped Ettele learn the teachings more thoroughly, she explained.
“My journey of learning has been deepened by the process of writing these stories,” Ettele said. “I feel like in so many ways, I’ve been learning to write as I’ve also been involved in the study of Buddhism for 11 years.”
Library director Jess Lobner said the library has hosted other programs related to self-help, but this one is unique.
“We’ve never really had one that is about Buddhism and connecting to your inner peace,” Lobner said. “Especially in these turbulent times, everyone could use a little peace in their lives.”