In a Buddhist context, compassion involves a response to suffering that is fully engaged and free of judgment. This allows for a deeper wisdom of caring for self and others. This ideal, however, can pose challenges to professional caregivers who strive to balance compassion with challenges in relational encounters due to subjective experience and other differences. Intersectional identities between caregiver and careseeker require skillful means for compassion to nurture relational wisdom in the caregiving relationship. How might Buddhist practice help us cultivate a deeper sense of awareness of what we bring to our encounters with others? This program will explore: 1) how compassion can transform the intersubjective caregiving relationship; 2) the triggering that can arise due to unresolved trauma and how to practice skillful responding; and 3) the healing possibilities of intersectional understanding in our encounters with others through awareness and insight. Applied teachings will include Atisha’s 7-Point Mind Training (lojong), practices in self-compassion, trauma-sensitive somatic mindfulness, and socially engaged Buddhism.
A number of spots in this program will be reserved for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ participants.
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning. Additional silent practice periods will be scheduled throughout the program.
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.
This policy applies to all residential programs, including Paths. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. Please note cancellation fees are at most $50 for those receiving financial assistance. As of 2023, 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date and there is a $50 cancellation fee if you cancel two weeks or more in advance. Beginning in 2024, prior to six weeks before the program start date, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs more than two nights and $25 for programs two nights or less. 50% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel between two and six weeks of the program start date. 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date.
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As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.