April 23, 2017

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

About the Workshop

Unconditional compassion is not just reserved for our cultural heroes and religious figures: we are all capable of developing this powerful quality of care. And we are being called to do so every more urgently.

In this day-long intensive we will explore how to access an unconditional power of stable care and compassion from within that is healing and sustaining for others and ourselves by drawing on Sustainable Compassion Training practices.

Sustainable Compassion Training highlights our need to experience ourselves as objects of care and compassion in order to extend care and compassion widely to others; our need to be seen in our unconditional worth and human potential in order to see the same in others; and our need to become present to our own feelings with kindness in order to become reliably present to others with kindness.

For those purposes, SCT meditations cultivate three interrelated modes of care as a basis for compassionate action. These three modes are: (1) receiving care, (2) extending care to others, and (3) deep self-care.

In this workshop, we will:

  • explore the science of care and compassion,
  • learn methods for reducing stress, increasing resilience, and becoming more fully present to others,
  • consider the relationship between deep self-care and the ability to offer care sustainably to others, and
  • practice tools for strengthening your compassion and making it more sustainable in daily life.



JohnMakransky_headshotJohn Makransky, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, co-founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion and of the Courage of Care Coalition, and author of the popular meditation manual Awakening through Love. For the past fifteen years, he has taught ways to cultivate sustainable care and compassion, adapted from Buddhism in newly accessible ways, to teachers, healthcare givers, social workers, psychotherapists, and those who work with prisoners, the hungry, and the dying.


BDLBrooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition. She was also the Senior Education Consultant to Mind & Life’s Ethics, Education, and Human Development Initiative and a co-developer of the Call to Care program for teachers and students. Brooke has developed and led compassion- and mindfulness-based programs in various education and health care settings.


Sunday, April 23, 9am-5:00pm


Boston College

Gasson Hall 306

Chestnut Hill, MA


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