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 Attend Free Online Training

We offer free Karuna Lives to introduce the fundamentals... Our one-hour Karuna Live events allow you to familiarize yourself with our faculty and our approach to the work.


Attend a Deep in-person Retreat

Karuna Training now offers its core curriculum in four in-person retreats, three without prerequisites. After completing all four retreats, a 250-hour certification is possible by completing a 25-hour project. We also offer free-standing in-person Maitri Space Awareness retreats with no prerequisites.


Graduate Training is about Manifesting Compassion in the World

Once the foundational certification is accomplished, we offer further training to graduates to learn to facilitate contemplative methods and experiential groups and integrate Contemplative Psychology methods into everyday life and livelihood.

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Free Online Events

To help you learn about the fundamentals of Contemplative Psychology, we offer free Karuna Lives. Our one-hour Karuna Live events are an opportunity to familiarize yourself with our faculty and approach to the work.
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Open Courses

Our faculty offers a wide range on heart and mind expanding topics. These online and in person courses help to deepen the integration of loving-kindness and compassionate exchange practices.
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Deepening Retreats

The Karuna Training curriculum is divided into three in-person retreats and four monthly online courses that teach participants the principles of Contemplative Psychology. Primary methods like body, speech, and mind group, speaking from the heart, compassionate exchange, and working with the ancient Mandala of the Five Buddha Families are all part of integrating a compassionate heart into your everyday life.
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Graduate Training Cycle

Once the Basic Training Certificate is accomplished, further training in facilitating contemplative methods in livelihood and everyday life is available. This is ideal for anyone wishing to restart their career or manifest in the world through compassionate wisdom.
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Online Community

We have built an online membership community to help members practice Contemplative Psychology methods together and to stay connected.
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Free monthly articles and a book; The Diamonds Within Us: Uncovering Brilliant Sanity through Contemplative Psychology. Free podcasts.
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Buddhist psychology is based on the notion that human beings are fundamentally good. Their most basic qualities are positive ones: openness, intelligence, and warmth.

From: The Sanity we are Born With by Chögyam Trungpa
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