Compassion

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  • (Online) Students who have completed all three courses of Joy of Living Level 1 with the accompanying homework (total: 50 hrs), as well as Joy of Living Level 2 Course 1 (total: 12.5 hrs)
  • (In person) Students who have attended a Joy of Living Level 1 in-person weekend workshop or retreat and completed a total of 50 hours of formal meditation practice, as well as the online Joy of Living Level 2 Course 1 (total: 12.5 hrs)

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This course is designed to take about six weeks, but feel free to learn at your own pace.

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  • Purchase The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.
  • Purchase Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

Opening the Heart

Compassion

COURSE OVERVIEW

Basic goodness – the simple fact that you are, right here, right now, as complete, whole, and perfect as you could ever hope to be – is already present within you. This nature of yours is imbued with the fundamental wish to be free from suffering, seen and unseen. Through cultivation of compassion for yourself and others, basic goodness and its qualities will naturally shine forth. All you have to do is recognize it and strengthen the recognition through practice.

In this course, you will learn about and meditate on compassion, the second of the four immeasurables. This set of practices forms the basis for understanding how to relate skillfully and supportively to the suffering you and others are facing. Just as with love, you will learn these practices iteratively, beginning with sending compassion to yourself and then extending it to include others. During this course, Mingyur Rinpoche will share a range of strategies for opening your heart and applying the practice of compassion in both formal meditation and everyday life.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS COURSE?

  • Video teachings by Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Personal tips from course guides Kell Julliard and Antonia Sumbundu
  • Guided meditations
  • Instructions for practicing in daily life
  • Targeted readings
  • Reflection questions and a practice journal
  • Interactive quizzes to enhance your learning
  • Live webinars with course guides
  • Discussion forum

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN

  • (View) The essence of compassion and how you can connect with it at any time
  • (Meditation) To meditate on compassion in a step-by-step manner, including yourself, loved one, neutral person, difficult person, and eventually all beings
  • (Application) To apply the practice of compassion in your daily life

Content

Sections

1. Basic Goodness and Compassion
2. Compassion for Oneself
3. Compassion for a Loved One
4. Compassion for a Neutral Person
5. Compassion for a Difficult Person
6. Compassion for All Beings

 

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About this Course

Basic goodness – the simple fact that you are, right here, right now, as complete, whole, and perfect as you could ever hope to be – is already present within you. This nature of yours is imbued with the fundamental wish to be free from suffering, seen and unseen. Through cultivation of compassion for yourself and others, basic goodness and its qualities will naturally shine forth. All you have to do is recognize it and strengthen the recognition through practice.

In this course, you will learn about and meditate on compassion, the second of the four immeasurables. This set of practices forms the basis for understanding how to relate skillfully and supportively to the suffering you and others are facing. Just as with love, you will learn these practices iteratively, beginning with sending compassion to yourself and then extending it to include others. During this course, Mingyur Rinpoche will share a range of strategies for opening your heart and applying the practice of compassion in both formal meditation and everyday life.

Content

Sections

1. Basic Goodness and Compassion
2. Compassion for Oneself
3. Compassion for a Loved One
4. Compassion for a Neutral Person
5. Compassion for a Difficult Person
6. Compassion for All Beings

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Course Webinars

The webinars are a great way to meet with the course guides, ask questions about meditation, and share our experience with other meditators. We welcome your live questions during the webinars.

If you are unable to attend live, recordings of each webinar will be posted here for you to download.

Upcoming Webinars

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Opening the Heart Webinar

with Frédéric Auguier and Kell Julliard

Wednesday, Oct 28 12:00pm US CDT

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Frédéric Auquier and Kell Julliard October 28, 2020

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