Becoming Your Best Self – a free 1 day Masterclass on using Buddhist psychology to overcome depression and anxiety.

GUPSA is holding a free 1 day Masterclass, Becoming Your Best Self – Using Buddhist psychology to overcome depression and anxiety. It will be held on Monday 2 November 9am-5pm at the EcoCentre, Nathan campus. The Masterclass will examine how anxiety and depression function and what can be done to overcome them.

It will draw on Buddhist psychology which understands  unhappiness to be a symptom of disturbing emotions; if we can overcome these destructive emotions and habits, we will naturally become happier. There is no need to be a Buddhist to benefit from these methods – they have a universal application and can be used by anyone, regardless of belief or unbelief!

The Masterclass will explore:
  • How to overcome your limited self-image and develop self-esteem that is authentic, lasting, and stable
  • What can hold you back in achieving your innate human potential
  • How to become grounded in your own positive qualities
  • Practical techniques to overcome anxiety and depression

Structure of 1-day masterclass   topics  :

Session 1: Happiness & goal setting

What is happiness? Three types: hedonic, eudemonic, optimal flourishing. Goal setting for immediate and long-term happiness, reflecting your own values.

Session 2: Overcoming distractions

What distracts us from our goals? Eight worldly concerns and how to overcome them. How to find your own authentic path.

Session 3: Finding the wisdom within depression and anxiety

Buddhist psychology has practical strategies to overcome these.

Session 4: The habit cycle

Understanding the habit cycle, and using mindfulness to develop positive habits and stop feeding the monster.

End with a meditation practice on stepping into your best self.

The Masterclass will be led by by Miffi Maxmillion, a registered western teacher within the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) – a world-wide network of over 140 Buddhist centres, hospices, publishing houses and projects. Miffi was Miffi Maxmillionborn in Melbourne, grew up a Buddhist, and has been the Spiritual Program Co-ordinator at Langri Tangpa ( Buddhist Centre, Brisbane, for 18 years. She has a background in circus costumes and couture, and says she enjoys “watching far too much TV” to relax.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. In keeping with the philosophy behind the Masterclass, all catering will be vegetarian.
Places are limited so please register by email to Please advise if you require gluten free or vegan food when you register.