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The Sustainable Heart: How to Cultivate Deep, Replenishing, and Inclusive Compassion and Wisdom

February 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Sustainable Heart: How to Cultivate Deep, Replenishing, and Inclusive Compassion and Wisdom

Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky, Paul Condon

Professors John Makransky and Paul Condon will present the theory and practice of Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT), a program created for people who seek a more sustaining and inclusive power of care and compassion for their lives and work.

Initially developed by Professor 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 meditative 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 – Southern Swith 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. Meditations of each mode will be introduced, with opportunities for questions and discussion.

Professor Condon will point out connections between aspects of SCT and theories in social, developmental, and cognitive psychology, which can help participants further access the theory and practice of the meditations. In this way, modern psychology along with contemplative theory and practice together can help us learn to access sustaining powers of care and compassion, beyond mental depletion or compassion fatigue.

Please use this link to register for this free workshop. Please also note that lunch is not provided, but there will be a lunch break from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

John Makransky, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor for Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre of Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal, former president of the Society of Buddhist-Christian studies, and co-founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion and the Courage of Care Coalition. In 2000, John was ordained as a Lama in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism – a teacher of innate love and wisdom practices. For the past eleven years, in consultation with his Tibetan teachers, John has been teaching meditations of innate compassion and wisdom that he adapted from Tibetan Buddhism for those in caring roles and professions, modern Buddhists and people of all other spiritual traditions. For this, John developed the Sustainable Compassion and Wisdom Training model, which is being applied to help empower a more replenishing and unconditional power of care and compassion, beyond mental depletion and compassion fatigue, for teachers, healthcare providers, social workers, therapists, counselors and activists.

Paul Condon, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Southern Oregon University. 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 with applications for sustainable and inclusive compassion. Paul is a meditation teacher with the Foundation for Active Compassion and has studied meditation within the 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: February 29 Time:
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Hannon Library, Room 305, Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520 United States
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