Cultivating Emotional Balance

Sunday, Jan 7 to Feb 11

Our emotions can lead us to our greatest joys and most painful sorrows. In their most creative capacity, they are guides pointing us towards who we truly are and what is most meaningful in our lives. At their most destructive, we are caught by them: lost in the grip of anger, sadness, fear, or overwhelm. This suffering is something we have all felt, but we can create more space, choice, and ease in the face of it.

The Cultivating Emotional Balance training was sparked during a meeting between behavioral scientists, a neuroscientist, a monk, a philosopher, and the Dalai Lama in 2000, as a new approach to understanding our emotional lives. Combining contemporary scientific research with contemplative practices drawn from Buddhism, the Cultivating Emotional Balance training gives participants new tools for working with emotion.

The full program is a 42-hour training, but in this 6-part series you will be introduced to some of the key components of this training.

  • Understanding how emotions work, and how they can work for and not against us;
  • Recognizing and working with emotional triggers;
  • Deepening awareness and stabilizing attention;
  • Increasing compassion for the self and others;
  • Cultivating genuine happiness and mental balance.

All are welcome. This class is open to all levels of meditation experience.

About the Instructor

Venerable Tenzin, an American Buddhist nun and resident teacher at Vajrapani Institute, is authorized by the FPMT to teach at both the foundational and in-depth level as well as to lead long retreats. She is also a teacher of the a.r.t. of Fulfillment, one of the secular programs of the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, and in October 2017 began the teacher training for Compassion Cultivation Training, a program developed by Geshe Thubten Jinpa and colleagues at Stanford University. In addition, she is certified teacher of Cultivating Emotional Balance, a secular program in dealing with emotions developed by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman at His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s request.

Art credit: Artwork of egret and wave is from a painting called “Soaking It In” by Yeshe Jackson, 2017. See Yeshe Jackson Fine Art. Used here with permission of the artist.


Date(s): Sunday, Jan 7 to Feb 11
Times: 10:45 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi
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Number of sessions: 6
Level: general
Participation: full attendance at all sessions is recommended
Location: Main Gompa
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