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Accessing Awakened Awareness Through Unconditional Love and Compassion: Integrating Tibetan Buddhism with Psychological Science

January 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Accessing Awakened Awareness Through Unconditional Love and Compassion: Integrating Tibetan Buddhism with Psychological Science

Teacher(s): Paul Condon

“As adults, we need to become newly aware of the love that has infused our lives all along, to turn our attention to it afresh with the eyes of a child. To do so is to become conscious of the tremendous capacity for love that even now permeates our being—to open to it, to be healed by its life-giving energy, and to participate in its power to renew our world. We can awaken to the deepest goodness in ourselves and others. We can learn to recognize and commune with the blessings that have always been pouring forth.” – Lama John Makransky

This retreat will present the theory and practice of Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT), which introduces ways of accessing and settling into our innate awakened awareness through contemplative practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism.

Initially developed by Lama John Makransky, SCT is adapted from Tibetan Buddhism into a form that is immediately accessible to people of all backgrounds, religious and/or secular. SCT has three modes of contemplative practice: 1) The receptive mode helps us find new access to hidden qualities of love, compassion, inner peace, and discernment. 2) The deepening mode helps us settle into the source of those qualities in the depth of our awareness—with increasing relaxation, inner acceptance and spaciousness that is healing and freeing in mind and body. 3) The inclusive mode helps us come from that depth to connect with others in their deep dignity and humanity with replenishing and expansive powers of care, compassion and discernment in action.

In addition, we will explore correlations between aspects of SCT and theories in psychological science, which can help participants further access the theory and practice of the meditations. In this way, modern psychology, along with contemplative theory and practice, can together help us learn to access sustaining powers of care and compassion, beyond mental depletion or compassion fatigue. Guided meditations, explanation of key concepts and discussion with participants will clarify and empower practice.

Paul Condon, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Southern Oregon University (SOU). Paul’s research examines the influence of meditation on prosocial emotion and behavior. His research also examines the contributions of psychological science to modern meditation programs in dialogue with Buddhist philosophy. Paul is a meditation teacher with the Foundation for Active Compassion and has studied Nyingma and Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. At SOU, Paul teaches courses in Health Psychology, Sustainable Compassion, History of Psychology, Statistics, and General Psychology.


Date: January 25 Time:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $60


Kagyu Sukha Chöling
109 Clear Creek Drive, Suite 102
Ashland, OR 97520 United States