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Working with Difficult Emotions

Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center

Weekly Event - Every Monday: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Working with Difficult Emotions

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Working with Difficult Emotions — with Karuna Cayton

According to the Buddha, the source of all our individual problems is our uncontrolled minds. Specifically, there are certain negative emotions that afflict us as soon as they arise and create future problems for us when they motivate our actions.

The Buddha taught various techniques to subdue these afflictions but their effectiveness depends on our skill and the strength of the afflictions. If we apply those techniques when the afflictions are weak when they first arise we have a good chance of controlling them. Therefore, it is crucial to the success of our mind training strategy for happiness to identify the afflictions quickly.

You will learn how to recognize the afflictions and how to effectively apply appropriate antidotes to them by attending this workshop.


Karuna Cayton has been a student of Buddhist psychology and philosophy for over 30 years.  A long time student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, he worked for the lamas at Kopan Monastery from 1975-1988.  During that time he created and taught the secular studies program for the resident Tibetan and Nepali monks. He also assisted in running the Buddhist programs for foreign visitors and was the co-founder and director of the city center in Kathmandu, Himalayan Yogic Institute.

After returning to the US in 1988 he received his MA in Clinical Psychology from JFK University in 1992.  He has worked at the Children's Health Council at Stanford University and trained interns in Narrative Therapy at Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto.

Presently, he is the director of The Karuna Group a coaching and counseling project.  The Karuna Group works with individuals, couples and families as well as assists business leaders in transforming their organizations into preeminent enterprises based upon the Buddhist principles of Wisdom, Compassion, and Ethics. Karuna also teaches workshops and classes in the integration of western and Buddhist psychology.

Have questions about Working with Difficult Emotions? Contact Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center


Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
1550 La Pradera Drive
Campbell, CA 95008

Weekly Event - Every Monday: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center

Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center (GGBC) is the Silicon Valley center affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, FPMT, hosting events in the San Jose, Santa Clara County area.

We are Tibetan Buddhists in the Gelug lineage. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual inspiration for our organization and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director.

GGBC conducts on-going courses in Buddhist philosophy and practice. We also host special events with authentic teachers in our tradition, including Tibetan lamas, qualified international monks and nuns, experienced Western Dharma students, and specialists in Tibetan arts and medicine.

Gyalwa Gyatso Buddhist Center is a registered non-profit religious corporation, 501(c)(3), and donations are tax-deductible. (408) 866-5056


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