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Training in Compassion: Cultivating a Tender Heart

Recent research shows that meditative practices produce tangible benefits for personal and professional life, ranging from stress reduction to improved self-awareness, emotional connection and acceptance. Such practices also foster greater empathy, generosity and compassion. Within this context, this retreat will focus on lojong, a Tibetan Buddhist practice that involves generating compassion by working with short aphorisms (called slogans). This practice is popular because it is practical and fits very well into ordinary life.

Seen through the lens of their respective traditions, the teachers develop a highly accessible approach. Zen teacher Norman Fischer offers his commentary on the slogans and applies Zen wisdom to them, showing how well they fit in that tradition. He also sets the stage for considering the slogans in the context of resonant practices in a variety of spiritual contexts.  Rabbi Rachel Cowan brings insights into how the Jewish tradition utilizes its form of compassionate action to enrich our lives and the lives of the people around us. The program is open to all. Much of the retreat will be in silence.

For more information or to register, please visit the Garrison Institute website.

  • Location

    Garrison Institute
  • Date and Time

    Friday June 27, 2014, 01:00 PM to
    Sunday June 29, 2014, 01:00 PM
  • Cost