CACE Contemplative Education Colloquia explore topics in contemplative education by
engaging Naropa faculty from various disciplines to share and discuss their relevant
teaching methodologies, research and insights. While focused on contemplative pedagogy,
these monthly colloquia are open to all members of the Naropa community and the public.
For more information, contact Charlotte Rotterdam.
Naropa Compassion Training: March 6 – May 1, 2017
(An 8-week Public Program)
Dates: Mondays, March 6 – May 1, 2017. No class March 27.
Compassion is one of the great human virtues, the ground and basis for altruistic
behavior. Modern scientific research suggests that compassion can be fostered and
trained, both to benefit others and to enhance personal well-being, happiness and
This program draws on mindfulness and compassion practices from wisdom traditions,
in particular from Buddhism, as well as the findings of neuro- and social science.
The training is deeply experiential and introduces contemplative practices through
which you will explore the emotional quality of various forms of compassion and related
behaviors. Our study is supported by readings on modern and ancient views on compassion
as it functions within the individual, groups and communities.
The training will expand and refine your understanding of compassion and identify
ways to support compassionate behavior in your personal, social and professional life.
Key topics include:
Somatic (embodiment) compassion practices
Staying attuned to the suffering of others while avoiding burn-out
Is compassion always nice?
The relevance of compassion in the professional arena – human services, health care,
business, education, and others.
The course is taught by a team of Naropa University faculty who draw on their decades
of teaching mindfulness and compassion practices within a variety of disciplines,
including psychology, counseling, Buddhist studies, and the arts.