March 10-12, 2017
Boulder Creek, CA
About the Workshop
Sustainable Compassion Training is a method designed to help all people who care for others within their family, work and community life realize a power of unconditional care from within that is deeply healing and sustaining, that makes them more fully present to themselves and others, and that empowers a strong, active compassion for persons that is not subject to empathy fatigue and burnout.
SCT 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. This workshop will introduce participants to methods for deepening their capacity for care and compassion through meditation practice and experiential activities.
John 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.
Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition. She is also 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.
Friday, March 10 7pm-9pm
Saturday, March 11 9am-5:00pm
Sunday, March 12 9am-2:00pm
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
To register, visit Vajrapani’s website at: http://vajrapani.org/event/sustainable-compassion-training/