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The 3 Doors Compassion Project

The 3 Doors Compassion Project explores how meditation can support personal transformation and the emergence of positive qualities that empower the capacity to serve others. Currently, we are accepting registrations for a 5-week program beginning in May that examines the obstacles to compassion, stress and burn-out, and the development of self-compassion. We will discover how meditation cultivates love, compassion, joy, and equanimity in relation to self, family, and community. Building on basic mindfulness, we will learn and apply ancient Tibetan meditation practices of body, speech, and mind to our everyday lives. These 3 Doors practices have their roots in the Dzogchen tradition of Bon Buddhism, and are taught in a way that is appropriate for those of any or no religious affiliation. We use personal reflection along with meditation methods to support and restore resilience in working with one’s own pain, another’s pain, and institutional pain.

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Information on the 9-Month Online Compassion Project Program is coming soon!

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Program Details: The 5-Week Compassion Project Program

TEACHERS:  Marcy Vaughn and Gabriel Rocco

LOCATION:   Contemplative Arts Meditation Studio ~ 1026 W Lancaster Avenue ~ Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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.

COST:  $490

REQUIRED CLASS MATERIALS:  3 books by Tenzin Wangyal available on Amazon, approximate total $45.00.

Awakening the Luminous Mind>

Awakening the Sacred Body>

Tibetan Sound Healing>

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.

Tami B. - Surgeon

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.

Aleeze M. - Assoc. Director Mindfulness Institute

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.

Ted J. - Music Therapist

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.

Rebecca E. - Psychologist - Director of Clinical Training

Program Expectations

The 3 Doors Compassion Project is a five-week commitment and a dedication of time and energy. You will be expected to fulfill these requirements:

  • Attend five evening classes, 2.5 hours each.
  • Attend one daylong, 7 hour, group retreat.
  • Participate in one private 1 hour meeting with a teacher (Marcy or Gabriel), via phone, Zoom or Skype.
  • Participate in two guided group practice sessions via phone, Zoom, or Skype.
  • Maintain a daily 3 Doors meditation practice and keep a [private] practice journal.
  • Document 3 challenges that you have brought to your meditation practice.
  • Read sections of the three source books: Awakening the Luminous Mind; Awakening the Sacred Body; Tibetan Sound Healing.

What you will learn

  • Examine the obstacles to compassion, stress and burn-out, and the development of self-compassion
  • Learn and engage in meditation practices of body, speech, and mind from the dzogchen tradition of Bon Buddhism as taught in The 3 Doors
  • Restore resilience in working with one’s own pain, another’s pain, and institutional pain
  • Discover how meditation cultivates love, compassion, joy, and equanimity in relation to self, family, and community
  • Learn from the experiences of other practitioners in your local community.

Register for The 3 Doors 5-Week Compassion Project

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About the Meditations

Our ordinary experiences offer us three opportunities to transform our lives and find the inner peace, joy, and liberation from suffering that we wish for. Since our confusion is expressed through our body, our speech, and our mind, these three places also offer opportunities to dispel that confusion. The three areas of body, speech, and mind are referred to as the three doors. By shifting our attention in specific ways—away from the expression of pain and toward the release of that pain—we connect with these doorways. As you rest your attention on the stillness of the body, silence of speech, and spaciousness of mind, your habitual patterns release, and in that release you have clear access to openness, awareness, and warmth. This is the space of being, and this intimate recognition and connection with being is a spark, a light that ignites a positive response to the moment. When you abide in openness, awareness, and warmth, you are naturally able to express generosity, experience forgiveness, feel love, or have compassion. This single experience of resting in the inner refuge of one’s being gives birth to so many positive experiences, transforming self, relationships, and society.

Program Agenda

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.

Teacher Bios

Gabriel Rocco
Gabriel RoccoSenior Teacher
Gabriel Rocco has studied and practiced under the guidance of Tenzin Wangyal for twenty years. Gabriel earned his Master of Arts in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 1982. His personal meditation practice benefits from intimate study with leading meditation masters, spiritual teachers, and healing professionals from a diversity of healing traditions. Gabriel is a senior instructor for the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program for Mindfulness where he teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Management programs, advanced classes in meditation, and leads group retreats.
Gabriel served as the Mind Body Specialist at The Wellness Community of Philadelphia for twenty years where he facilitated an assortment of programs to support cancer patients and caregivers through the integration of mind, body, and spirit. His private practice of Contemplative Mentoring is conducted at the Contemplative Arts Studio in Bryn Mawr, PA, as well as via the internet. He frequently teaches with his wife, Marcy Vaughn.
Marcy Vaughn
Marcy VaughnSenior Teacher
Marcy Vaughn has been a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for more than forty years and is a senior student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Marcy was in the first graduating class of the master’s program in contemplative psychotherapy at Naropa University where she also taught and performed in a dance ensemble. She is currently a therapist in private practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania where she offers meditation groups and retreats with her husband, Gabriel Rocco.
Marcy works in close collaboration with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and has edited his books Tibetan Sound Healing, Awakening the Sacred Body, and Awakening the Luminous Mind. She teaches throughout the US, Mexico, and Europe for Ligmincha International and is a teacher in The 3 Doors US Academy.