Path of Compassion Training

Path of Compassion

Developing authentic compassion for ourselves and others requires practice and commitment. In this unique training you’ll learn to build a foundation of genuine self-concern to support your efforts to create compassionate and wise relationships with your family, friends, community, and the world. Designed and led by IDP Teachers Kimberly Brown, Mona Chopra, and Rob Codling, this six month training will incorporate western psychological techniques with lovingkindness meditation and mindfulness exercises to recognize our deep connection with all beings.

We commonly regard our capacity for love and compassion as limited in quanitity, and believe we hardly have enough to offer to ourselves and our families.  Fortunately, these inherent qualities can be cultivated and expanded with simple techniques anyone can learn.  Everyone has a boundless capacity for kindness and understanding, which we can apply to all of our relationships -- to ourselves, our family and friends, people we don’t know, and even those we don’t like.  This program will hellp us challenge our preconceptions about our limitations, learn to use gentleness to become aware of implicit biases, understand obstacles of guilt and shame, and uncover our true nature of lovingness and receptivity.

Research indicates that practicing lovingkindness meditation increasese positive emotions, activates empathy and emotional processing, decreases bias towards others, builds resilience, and curbs self-criticism. Join us as we deepen our connection with ourselves and others in this unique offering, which will include:

  • Detailed instruction in lovingkindness meditation
  • Discussion of topics such as self-compassion, empathy, balance, wisdom, and loving relationships
  • Cultivation of mindfulness and gratitude exercises
  • Personal guidance by experienced teachers
  • Support of a friendly and kind community
  • Four weekend trainings (Friday night & all-day Saturday)
  • Weekly interactive videoconference meetings

The Path of Compassion will be taught over four weekends (Friday night & all-day Saturday) over six months, with weekly interactive online videoconference meetings.  Participants will be expected to practice meditation, mindfulness exercises, and other techniques daily throughout the duration of the program. It is suitable for all levels, and beginners as well as more experienced students are welcome.  Please contact mindfulnessplus@theidproject.org for more information.

Registration for our 2017 Path of Compassion Training is now open; click here to register!

Training Schedule
Weekend 1:       February 10 7-9 PM, February 11 10 AM - 4 PM
Weekend 2:      March 24 7-9 PM, March 25 10 AM - 4 PM
Weekend 3:      April 28 7-9 PM, April 29 10 AM - 4 PM
Weekend 4:      June 16 7-9 PM, June 17 10 AM - 4 PM

Cost
$1095 Full Tuition
$995 Supporting Tuition
$895 Base Tuition

 IDP's Executive Director and a graduate of its first year-long Meditation Teacher Training Program, Kimberly Brown studies Tibetan and American Buddhism, and her teachers include Lama Norlha Rinpoche and Sharon Salzberg.  She practices and teaches lovingkindness meditation, and her work emphasizes the ways in which contemplation, wisdom, and ethics are shared among all traditions of awakening.  Discover more about Kim and her teaching at her website.

 
 
 
 
MonaMona Chopra, MA, MS, L.Ac., is an acupuncturist, hypnotherapist, therapeutic yoga and meditation instructor whose work is guided by the belief that the capacity to heal is boundless, and the capacity to love without limits is what liberates us.  The Buddhist teachings and practices have resonated deeply with Mona and have helped her wake up to experiencing the magic present in every moment of life - be it one of joy or even of sorrow.  Mona is grateful to all her teachers, in the myriad forms they appear.  She is a graduate of IDP's year-long Meditation Teacher Training Program.  For more information on Mona: www.peopletreewellness.com.
 
 

Rob Codling is a native New Yorker (fu-get-da-bout-it), whose path toward awakening has taken him around the world for the past 15 years, to study in a variety of wisdom traditions ranging from Tibetan Buddhism to Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung to the indigenous wisdom of the Americas. He is a a graduate of the 2015 IDP Yearlong Meditation Teacher Training and holds a master's degree in Archetypal Cosmology and Conscious Evolution from the Graduate Institute. His practice focuses on using meditation as a powerful vehicle in being kind and gentle toward ourselves. He finds extreme hope in the notion that we can always begin again and is deeply grateful to teachers and his meditation practice for continually reminding him of this.

 

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