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Naropa Compassion Training
An 8-week Public Program

Compassion is one of the great human virtues, the ground and basis for altruistic behavior. Modern scientific research suggests that compassion can be fostered and trained, both to benefit others and to enhance personal well-being, happiness and resilience.

This program draws on mindfulness and compassion practices from wisdom traditions, in particular from Buddhism, as well as the findings of neuro- and social science. The training is deeply experiential and introduces contemplative practices through which you will explore the emotional quality of various forms of compassion and related behaviors. Our study is supported by readings on modern and ancient views on compassion as it functions within the individual, groups and communities.

The training will expand and refine your understanding of compassion and identify ways to support compassionate behavior in your personal, social and professional life.

Key topics include:
• Mindfulness
• Self-compassion
• Loving-kindness
• Empathy
• Resilient compassion
• Somatic (embodiment) compassion practices
• Staying attuned to the suffering of others while avoiding burn-out
• Is compassion always nice?
• The relevance of compassion in the professional arena – human services, health care, business, education, and others.

The course is taught by a team of Naropa University faculty who draw on their decades of teaching mindfulness and compassion practices within a variety of disciplines, including psychology, counseling, Buddhist studies, and the arts.
• Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies
• Dale Asrael, MA, Associate Professor, Mindfulness-Based Counseling
• Erika Berland, BFA, Instructor, Theater: Contemporary Performance
• Paul Bialek, MA, Assistant Professor, Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology
• Jane Carpenter, MA, Associate Professor, Contemplative Psychology

Dates: Mondays, March 6 – May 1, 2017. No class March 27.
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Naropa Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe, Classroom 9235 (2nd floor)


Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charlotte Rotterdam at crotterdam@naropa.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

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