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Tonglen: A Tool of Subtle Activism

June 28th 2022 // Evening Mini Workshop // Live Online

About This Program

How can we meet and engage with the pain we see in our own lives, in those around us, and in our world?

What can we do to help?

While these are ongoing, living questions, contemplative traditions offer potent methods for cultivating and extending active compassion. In this experiential workshop, you’ll be introduced to tonglen – “sending and taking” – an ancient compassion practice from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition that enables practitioners to turn towards difficulty with awareness and lovingkindness, and offer health, well-being, and abundance wherever it is most needed.

This practice transcends time and space, and invites us to connect deeply with our most personal experiences of challenge as the doorways for genuine connection to others. Grounded in the felt experience of radical interconnectedness, tonglen serves as powerful tool for subtle activism in everyday life.

Program Schedule & Cost

This program is offered live online via Zoom. Zoom meeting link will be provided after registration.

Evening Mini Workshop

Tuesday | June 28th 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm Mountain Time

Standard Pricing: $49

Senior Pricing (after June 7th only): $42

Email extendedcampus@naropa.edu to request a senior discount code

Naropa Community Pricing: $40

Naropa staff, faculty, students, and alumnx: please email extendedcampus@naropa.edu to request a discount code

Meet Your Instructors

Carla RM Burns, MDiv

Carla RM Burns, MDiv, is an Instructor in Naropa’s Core College including BA Contemplative psychology courses, and meditation practicums. She serves as faculty for the MA Contemplative Psychotherapy residential retreat program, and for Naropa’s Compassion Initiative, and is the Program Manager for the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education. Her specialties include the integration of corporeal, elemental and spatial knowledge as a means to bring more dimension into our field of awareness; to cultivate the natural- receptive wisdom energy of the body that is inherently connected, wise, and spacious.

Charlotte Z. Rotterdam

Charlotte Z. Rotterdam is a contemplative educator, Buddhist teacher, and meditation instructor. She is the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University and an Instructor in Naropa’s Core College, World Wisdom Department, and Graduate School of Psychology. She co-developed and teaches Naropa’s Mindful Compassion Training, a secular program to cultivate compassion in personal, professional and societal contexts. She is the Lead Teacher of the Mother Lineage (Magyu Lopön) at Tara Mandala Retreat Center. Charlotte received a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. The mother of two boys, she has published essays on the intersection of spiritual practice and daily life in Lion’s Roar, Buddhadharma, Mandala and Fearless Nest, an anthology.

Want More Mindful Activism?

Don’t miss our upcoming course, Sacred Activism: Social Justice as Spiritual Practicewhich will explore how an action-oriented, spirituality-infused approach to anti-racism can foster compassion, radically transform anger, reduce burnout, and holistically integrate social justice into your work, personal, and spiritual life.

For more information on Extended Campus, please email us at extendedcampus@naropa.edu

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