The Art of Compassionate Living

Practical methods for developing loving kindness, empathy and joy

Although kindness and compassion are basic human qualities, it is not always easy to embody them in our lives, especially in today’s hectic, fast-paced world.

It is actually possible to actively cultivate compassion, bringing major benefits for our health and well-being as well as our relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

In a world where we often experience frustration or dissatisfaction, it is possible to consciously cultivate positive states of mind and diminish negative states of mind. In so doing, we can transform our experience and our reactions to life’s circumstances and the people around us. Through this approach, it is possible to change our lives and bring about change in the world. It means that we are not powerless in the face of our circumstances.

The Art of Compassionate Living module introduces a complete picture of what compassion is and why it might be beneficial to ourselves and the world around us.

The course will give you the tools to:

  • Gain awareness and knowledge about compassion from the viewpoints of modern science and of Buddhism
  • Deepen and actualise this knowledge and understanding through your own personal analysis and reflection
  • Familiarise yourself with the experience of compassion through formal meditation/compassion practices
  • Explore how to integrate compassion practices into everyday life

This course will present simple ways to develop our empathy and compassion for ourselves and those around us—at home, at work and in every aspect of our lives.

It will dispel some of the myths about compassion and reveal how through cultivating our natural capacity for compassion, we can discover the strength and resilience to meet challenges head-on and to lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

This exploration of empathy and compassion will include instruction in compassion practices from the Buddhist tradition but will be conducted in a spirit of open enquiry and so will be relevant for those of any spiritual tradition or none.

Open to all.

Details:

Classes and workshops will restart in February 2018, after our usual Christmas period break.

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