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Compassion for Self and Other: Buddhist and Therapeutic Approaches
Dates: Dec 15, 2022 - Dec 18, 2022
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): Pilar Jennings

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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.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech: 

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:

This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until eight weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.This retreat is open to meditators of all experience levels.

  • Dr. Pilar Jennings is a psychoanalyst based in New York City with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation practice. She has been a Buddhist practitioner for 40 years; a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism in the Sakya lineage; a Visiting Lecturer at Union Theological Seminary; Columbia University; and a faculty member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.