Compassion Practitioner Certificate Course - Module 3
7:00pm 17 February 2017 - 3:30pm 19 February 2017
Venue: Samye Ling
This successful and comprehensive training in compassion is a follow on programme for those who have completed the one year Mindfulness training/Mindfulness Practitioner Certificate Course. This training is delivered over four weekends and is a secular and experiential training.
The tutors will be¬†Fay Adams, Tina Gilbert and Rosina Morrison.
Please book and pay for your course place by contacting¬†firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once your place on the course has been confirmed please¬†book your accommodation at Samye Ling by¬†clicking here.
Weekend One - Introduction to Compassion
2-4 September 2016
In the first module, we build self- compassion into the core mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the evolutionary model of compassion that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‚Äėevolutionary set up‚Äô that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‚Äėlotus in the mud‚Äô: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. This will include working with compassionate imagery.
Weekend Two ‚Äď Working with the Self Critic
9-11 December 2016
In the second module, we continue to build our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice. At this point, we approach the self -critic: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism?
Weekend Three ‚Äď The Four Limitless Qualities
17-19 February 2017
This is the point where we move from self- compassion towards compassion for others. Although, self- compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we focus on the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.
Weekend Four ‚Äď Compassion in Action
28-30 April 2017
It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices ‚Äď the crucial thing is how to embody compassion in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training.The weekend begins at¬†7pm¬†(evening meal at¬†6pm) on the¬†Friday¬†evening, between¬†8am and 8pm¬†on¬†Saturday¬†and between¬†8am and 3.30pm¬†on a¬†Sunday. It is expected that course participants will stay until the end of the training (3.30pm) on the¬†Sunday.