SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Evolution Brain, Compassionate Mind at Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center

Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center
1550 La Pradera Drive,
Campbell, CA 95008

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Compassion is often defined as a “sensitivity to suffering in self and others with a commitment to try to alleviate and prevent it.”  At center of this definition are two basic processes. The first process involves developing courage to see clearly into the nature and causes of suffering—not to shun away or avoid. The second process involves committing to acquiring the wisdom to know what to do. In this short one-day experiential workshop we will look into the nature of suffering as arising from the evolutionary process itself—the flow of life which all living things are caught up in. We will then consider ways in which compassionate motivation and a compassion-focused approach can improve our own well-being and that of others. We will explore how our inner compassionate selves can help to work with difficult emotions and in particular our self-critical sides. The workshop will consist of some teaching, mindfulness and breathing exercises, imagery and guided discovery.

The workshop is open to those who have an interest in this area. Some knowledge of the contemplative traditions would be helpful but not essential. We will be looking at the implications of having a brain that evolved over many millions, and why the human brain is actually very tricky and can be a source of harm as well as healing through no fault of our own. We will have a taste of how compassion cultivation can help us to stabilize and orientate the mind for the well-being of self and others.

Cost: $45