Compassion Training: The Practice and Science of Compassion for Self and Others
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
October 14–20, 2017
The new science of compassion has found that human beings have a fundamental instinct for kindness, but have developed habits of harshness toward themselves and others. How can this compassion instinct be cultivated? The ancient traditions of Buddhism have found powerful ways of awakening this instinct through practices that build from self-compassion to resilient compassion for enemies. This retreat introduces core compassion practices of Naropa University’s Mindful Compassion Training, integrating the new science of compassion with ancient Buddhist meditation. The retreat includes optional pre- and post-testing of participants as well as other measures for the impact of the training.
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and was empowered as an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2000. Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education. Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men. She has also edited Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY 2011). She had her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.