Training In Compassion
Dates: TUESDAYS from May 18th – July 6th, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Friends Meeting House, 28 Regent Place, Rugby, CV21 2PN (participants may also join online)
“Training in Compassion” explores a variety of practices and techniques that can help us to develop our capacity for compassion, and is modelled on Norman Fischer’s book of the same name.
All participants will receive a free copy of Fischer’s text, which we will explore over the course of 8-weeks together, learning, reflecting and practicing as a group.
This course is premised on the idea that opening to the suffering of others provides the best way of opening our minds and expanding our lives most fully.
In opening to the lives of others, we can begin to feel a sense of care – one of the most rewarding, powerful and liberating experiences we can have.
Have you noticed how the things the kinds of thoughts that cause us stress and cut us off from the world are most often thoughts about ourselves. (How am I doing? What does she think of me? Why do I feel like this? I need a new… When will I…?)
In this course, we explore the suggestion that redirecting our attention towards other people and, specifically, going towards their suffering (rather avoiding it – our usual habit), is the way out of our mental prison into a life of greater awareness, care and meaning.
During the course, we’ll explore such topics as:
- The link between mindfulness and compassion
- Why self-centered mindfulness-practice is limited
- How to build acts of care and kindness into daily life
- How opening to suffering can paradoxically bring us joy
- How to use traditional “slogans” to train our minds to respond wisely to suffering
- Reflection on themes including: Impermanence, Interconnectedness, The Self
- How a sense of care can provide a deeper sense of happiness
- Balancing compassion for others with compassion for ourselves
Each week will be practical, including meditation, reflection and discussion, along with a mid-session break for tea, coffee and (healthy) cake.
Participants will also be expected to try out different practices and techniques on their own, in-between sessions.
It’s recommended that all attendees have some background in mindfulness practice, or another meditation practice, but this is not essential. (Please message to discuss, if you are unsure.)
Please also note that this course contains Buddhist materials. It does not shy away from the fact that the any mindfulness-practice needs a practical and intellectual framework, if its true power is to be unleashed. In this course, the framework we use is largely secular in nature, but includes some elements of the Tibetan and Zen Buddhist traditions, and we will explore themes that directly touch upon Buddhist teachings.
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* Concessions include over-65s and those un/low-waged.