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Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles-Eagle Rock

963 Colorado Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90041

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Karuna Training

This is an introductory weekend for people who would like to learn about and experience the fundamentals of Karuna Training and the foundations of Contemplative Psychology. Karuna Training is a two year training program in Contemplative Psychology that teaches us how to work with others skillfully through compassionate exchange. The program joins deep study of Tibetan Buddhist principles with contemplative meditation and compassion practices, skills development, and ongoing group interaction and community support. It is a journey of discovering one's own brilliant sanity and of learning how to exchange ourselves for others so that we can transform everyday life challenges into opportunities for openness and wisdom.

This stand-alone class has no prerequisites, and it is open to everyone. The weekend is designed to introduce the basics of Karuna Training. Karuna Training is a 2-year certificate of study that involves moving through experiential material in a cohort of about 25 - 30 others.

For more information on Karuna Training go to www.karunatraining.com

Who is this program for?

This is an introductory weekend and one does not need to be either a therapist or Buddhist for the work to be beneficial. Contemplative Psychology offers a transformative practice that uses a contemplative approach to help those who are in relationship with others. It is also well suited for those who currently work professionally with others, as well as for those who are interested in personal development. Karuna Training is scheduled primarily over weekends, with three week-long intensives, and ongoing group meetings.

Contemplative Psychology originated at Naropa University in 1974, under the direction of Dr. Edward Podvoll and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Karuna Training was founded in 1996 in Germany as a certificate program. Today Karuna Training is offered in Germany, Netherlands, France, Poland, Austria, Spain and since 2014 in the United States in Berkeley, Seattle, Albuquerque, and Baltimore. Karuna is launching a new cycle in November in Los Angeles. Applications are now open.

Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Registration and Tea
Talk on Karuna and Contemplative Psychology
Guided Meditation instruction
Experiential process
Brown bag lunch with the group in the community space
Talk on Compassionate Exchange
Experiential process
Tea Break
Discussion Circle and Closing

Sunday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Intro and Body Speech and Mind Group Practice
Tea and Snack
Q & A on Karuna Training
Closing Circle

This stand-alone class has no prerequisites, and all are welcome.

Price: $150, tuition assistance is available

Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore, PhD is a co-founder of Karuna Training and is currently the Executive Director of Karuna Training North America. Melissa’s background is in community-based mental health, research, training care providers, and women’s issues. She has a Ph.D. in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies and a Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Melissa has taught Buddhism and Contemplative Psychology worldwide for over 25 years.


For more information please contact info@karunatraining.com

For more information about Karuna Training, visit our website at www.karunatraining.com.

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963 Colorado Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90041

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