Program Details: The 5-Week Compassion Project Program
TEACHERS: Marcy Vaughn and Gabriel Rocco
DATES/TIMES: You will be able to choose one of the two options below at checkout. If you have a schedule conflict with the weekend retreat date associated with your preferred weekday evening, you may work with the course instructors to change dates.
Wednesday evening class: 6:30-9:00 p.m. on May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2017. Concludes with a daylong retreat on Saturday, June 3.
Thursday evening class: 6:30-9:00 p.m. on May 4, 11, 18, 25, and June 1, 2017. Concludes with a daylong retreat on Sunday, June 4.
REQUIRED CLASS MATERIALS: 3 books by Tenzin Wangyal available on Amazon, approximate total $45.00.
NOTE: Space is limited to 28 people per class section.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Health care professionals, educators, therapists, or anyone who is motivated by compassion.
Because I’ve spent most of my life doing and not necessarily “being”, this is a seismic shift in my approach to living – and the benefits are profound… Being able to just be with the things that I struggle with is another level of self-care that I haven’t ever experienced before.
Because my own practice is deepening, it comes into how I teach. Last weekend I did a workshop on cultivating compassion and I could really feel the depth of my own practice supporting how I was able to hold the space.
I’ve gained more understanding in relationships with my clients and a lot more compassion for the nurses and nursing aides I work with. I’m able to see what they have to deal with and understand a lot better where they’re coming from.
Even though I’ve been doing this (psychiatry) for twenty-five years and I’ve been trained in lots of different orientations… I found that there was a settling that was noticeable after a few months in the 3 Doors – of just being able to have faith that just being there was helpful, without the pressure to make the right interpretation and say the right thing… Something was different in me. It was more enjoyable. Instead of getting active I went inside and got still.
The first class introduces the abiding practice of the inner refuge. Through focusing and resting your attention on the stillness of the body, silence of inner speech, and the spaciousness of mind, you can discover what is truly natural to you: the unbounded spaciousness of your nature, the light of awareness, and your spontaneous, genuine warmth. This inner refuge is the foundation for the Compassion Project. Your capacity to recognize and rest within it will be deepened and strengthened over the next five weeks.
The reference book for this practice is Awakening the Luminous Mind by Tenzin Wangyal.
You will learn the nine breathings of purification, which focuses on releasing imprints of aversion, attachment, and ignorance/disconnection that underlie habitual and dissatisfying patterns and connects you to the openness of your nature.
The reference book for this practice and next week’s Tsa Lung practice is Awakening the Sacred Body by Tenzin Wangyal.
You will learn a simple yoga of five movements of body and breath called tsa lung. This is a powerful method to clear blocks and habitual patterns and supports the practitioner to access a clear and open state of being.
In addition to continuing with the previous practices of the body, you will learn the practice of the Five Warrior Syllables, a sung or chanted practice that engages the power of the voice to clear subtle blockages to openness and support the emergence and expression of natural warmth and compassion.
The reference book for this practice is Tibetan Sound Healing by Tenzin Wangyal.
The theme of the final class is to use personal reflection along with the meditation methods that you have learned to support and restore resilience in working with one’s own pain, another’s pain, and institutional pain. You will be supported to bring open, non-judgmental attention to how this pain lives within you, to engage your practice to allow, embrace, and to clear any blockages that are present, and to explore what becomes available in so doing. As pain releases, you are inspired to act from a greater sense of kindness and compassion for the welfare of self and others.
Practice in the support of a group with the luxury of time to explore the path of bringing the warmth of presence to the imprints of distress or challenge that we carry. We deepen the recognition and experience of the spontaneously arising power of loving kindness and compassion as we continue to examine what blocks and what supports the expression of compassion in our lives.