Manifesting Compassion in all Our Relationships: Widening our compassion to others and creating a better world
A daylong retreat lead by Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi and Sunil Joseph
Saturday, January 12, 2019 10am – 4:30pm
In this class we will explore how to increase our ability to be compassionate with ourselves, our loved ones, and people we find challenging to interact with. We will also explore how we can meet the suffering in our world and actively respond to it from a compassionate stance. We will explore how to bring compassion into our social justice activism. We will apply the teachings and practices of Buddhism and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in this class.
Research at Stanford medical school is showing that compassion results in a deep sense of well-being, it promotes the immune system, and also results in decreased levels of stress. According to Dr. Doty, founder of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, “Compassion is what is going to save our species”. Buddhism considers compassion one of the two wings of the great bird of awakening along with wisdom. According to the Dalai Lama – “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Modern research and Buddhism are unified in the belief that we can increase our ability to be compassionate.
Note: No prior knowledge or experience with Buddhism or NVC is required to participate. All are welcome. Lunch included.
About the Instructors
Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi
Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi first became interested in meditation and Buddhism after reading Be Here Now and early translations of Buddhist sutras in the early 1970s, and then in early 1991 she became a student of Tibetan Buddhism. From 1992 to 2000, Venerable Tenzin was director of Vajrapani Institute, co-director the FPMT International Office, and coordinator of FPMT Center Services. She also completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period.
Venerable Tenzin took novice ordination in 2004 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2006 she became a touring teacher in the FPMT, and began teaching in prisons on behalf of the Liberation Prison Project.
Venerable Tenzin is authorized by the FPMT to teach at both the foundational and in-depth levels, and is also a teacher of Cultivating Emotional Balance (a secular program developed by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman). She is at the final stage of teacher training for Compassion Cultivation Training, a program developed by Geshe Thubten Jinpa and colleagues at Stanford University. Venerable Tenzin joined the faculty at Land of Medicine Buddha in August 2018.
“I have been a student of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) since 2004. In 2008, I attended BayNVC’s yearlong Leadership Program to both deepen my personal NVC embodiment and also to learn to share NVC with others. Ten years later, I continue to be amazed by the power and simplicity of this approach to meet life in a compassionate way. While I am not a certified NVC trainer, I am happy when my personal practice benefits others. I consider myself a lifelong NVC learner and explorer.”
|Date(s):||Saturday, January 12, 2019 (10am-4:30pm)|
|Times:||10:00 am - 4:30 pm|
|Instructor/Leader:||Sunil Joseph, Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi|
|Type of event:||general class|
|Number of sessions:||Day long|
|Participation:||open to all|
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