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Cultivating Compassion:  From the Buddha to Modern Psychotherapy
Dates: Oct 30, 2015 - Nov 01, 2015
Days: Fri - Sun (2 Nights)

Instructor(s): Chris Germer, Chris Ives

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As Buddhist teachings and modern psychotherapy converge at an unprecedented rate, cultivation of compassion is revolutionizing our understanding of the path to emotional freedom. Compassion is a quantifiable skill that enables us to hold seemingly unbearable suffering. How was compassion articulated and embodied in early Buddhism and in later Mahāyāna perspectives? How do these interpretations play out in the practice of psychotherapy? And what are we learning about compassion from modern science, especially brain imaging and clinical research? Participants will also learn practical tools for cultivating the skill of compassion toward oneself and others.


10 continuing education credits are available for psychologists and social workers who attend this program in full. We do not offer CEU's for NBCC. Please note that we charge a $25 processing fee for CEUs. More information about continuing education credits for this course.
  • Christopher Ives, PhD, is a professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. In his teaching and writing he focuses on modern Zen ethics, and currently he is working on Buddhist approaches to nature and environmental issues. He is the author of Zen Awakening and Society and Imperial-Way Zen: Ichikawa Hakugen’s Critique and Lingering Questions for Buddhist Ethics.