Thought to be one of two central methods for abiding happiness and well-being, compassion is a revered capacity in the Buddhist traditions. And yet, for many, it poses complex challenges. In this retreat, Dr. Pilar Jennings will explore Buddhist teachings on compassion for self and other from a spiritual and clinical perspective. Informed by developmental psychology and psychotherapeutic insights, Dr. Jennings will offer ways to examine the obstacles toward self-compassion and compassion for people with whom we’ve had difficulty. We will also practice methods for nurturing compassion in oneself, and for cultivating relationship where it is generously offered. The relevance of compassion for healing from trauma, and for risking new and enlivening experiences, will be central themes throughout the retreat.
This retreat is open to meditators of all experience levels and will be especially relevant to clinicians interested in the clinical applications of Buddhist contemplative practice.