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Classes on Compassion

The Art of Compassionate Living

Thursday mornings from 20 July to 21 September, 10am to 12noon

(see Evening course – 8 Verses below)
“To evoke compassion in yourself is harder than we often imagine, because the sources of love and compassion are often hidden from us, and we may have no ready access to them.
Fortunately there are several special techniques that the Buddhist “training of the mind” in compassion has developed to help us evoke our own hidden love”. Extract from: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. 

People have a variety of reasons for wanting to learn about and cultivate compassion, but in some way we are all suffering—be it from pain, loss, frustration, dissatisfaction, or an unfulfilled desire for happiness.

However, we are not powerless in the face of our circumstances. It is possible to consciously cultivate positive states of mind, and diminish negative states of mind, and so transform our experience and our reactions to life’s circumstances and the people around us. In this way it is possible to change our lives, and bring about change in the world.

In this course students are introduced to a complete picture of what compassion is, why it might be beneficial to us and the world around us, the possibility of training in a more wholesome way of being, and how we can go about that training.

The class has been developed from the ancient tradition of Buddhist practitioners. However, there is no need and certainly no expectation that students undertaking the course should be or become Buddhist. There is no sense of conversion, nor any sense that this class is a ‘preparation’ stage for joining the Rigpa Sangha (although, of course, that is an option for those who wish to at a later stage.) The techniques, skills and knowledge learnt in this class can be used to enhance people’s own beliefs (be they spiritual, religious or secular). As the Dalai Lama says: “Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever- you-already-are.”

Full Fee $200
Concession Fee $120

Rigpa’s policy is that financial difficulties should not be an obstacle to attending our courses. If this is an issue for you please contact us. 

REGISTER HERE for the day class

The Eight Verses of Training the Mind

Tuesday evenings from 18 July to 19 September, 7pm to 9pm

The Eight Verses of Training the Mind include key teachings on wisdom and the skillful arousal of compassion. The text of the Eight Verses of Training the Mind was written over eight hundred years ago, shortly after the lojong (mind training) teachings were introduced into Tibet by the Indian master Atisha Dipamkara (982-1054). The lojong teachings were the heart of the Kadampa tradition, which profoundly influenced all the other traditions of spiritual practice existing in Tibet. The text focuses on methods to counter two principal obstacles: self-cherishing and grasping at a self. We will study each verse in turn, meditate and contemplate on its meaning and then work at applying our insight during the week in our daily lives. The “training” helps us to tame our mind and makes our mind more pliable and helps us to act with more compassion. The course is open to new students, however, ideally you will have completed prior courses and have an established meditation practice.

Full Fee $200
Concession Fee $120

Rigpa’s policy is that financial difficulties should not be an obstacle to attending our courses. If this is an issue for you please contact us. 

REGISTER HERE for the evening class on The Eight Verses of Training the Mind