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This 8 week program is designed to help you develop qualities of compassion, empathy kindness, and forgiveness. The course will enable you to bring a more kindhearted attitude and compassionate presence to yourself and others and to the situations you encounter in the world. Living with compassion develops a genuine greater sense of well being, helps you be more skillful with others and supports you responding skillfully to the suffering in the world
Cultivating compassion helps develop:
-- The strength to be with the suffering of oneself or others
-- To know how and when to take compassionate action
-- How to cultivate 'fierce' compassion when necessary
-- Resiliency to deal with overwhelm, numbness and empathy fatigue
The course integrates traditional contemplative practices from the Buddhist tradition of mindfulness, kindness (metta), compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity, with understanding from the field of contemporary psychology and neuroscience regarding these heartful qualities.
-- Weekly 2 hour classes where you will receive:
-- Guided meditations that develop mindfulness, loving kindness, compassion, joy, empathy, and forgiveness
-- Lectures on the various heart qualities,
-- Experiential communication exercises that support developing compassion with each other
-- Opportunity to discuss these rich topics
-- Practical teaching on how to integrate these qualities into your work and life.
In between classes you are expected to:
-- Cultivate a daily meditation practice
-- Engage with the homework practices on compassion
-- Talk weekly with a course 'buddy'
Who is this course for?
Anyone wishing to develop more kindness empathy and compassion toward themselves of others. Open to new students and people wanting to deepen these practices. Professions this may be particularly helpful for are: Health care professionals / therapists. Educators. Parents and caregivers. People working in public service or corporations. Executives / people in leadership roles.
Reading for this class will be Sharon Salzberg's book "Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness."
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Online Registration for this event is available until 12 noon one business day before the event. If you can't attend, see our Cancellation Policy.
Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or (415) 488-0164 x224.
Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”
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