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Winter loss of light is daunting for many, and there are many practices available that are beyond light therapy.   We can implement sacred rituals and practice contemplations which help to mitigate and utilize the energies of the sacred darkness. Come to this Karuna live! and explore compassionate rituals to address seasonal depression in the dark days of the year.

About Karuna Live!

This Karuna Live! is designed to introduce you to Contemplative Psychology through a few key principles:

There are no prerequisites for this course, and it is open and relevant to people seeking depth work in meditation, personal growth, and empowerment. This introductory discussion will include an overview of Karuna Training, a brief question and answer session, and a short guided meditation.

About Karuna Training

Karuna is the Sanskrit word meaning compassion, and Karuna Training is a mindfulness and compassion-based training program that offers participants both ancient and modern time-tested methods, tools, and practices for communicating genuinely and skillfully with others. Karuna graduates know how to be steady and meet the challenges of everyday life while communicating honestly, fearlessly, and genuinely with others in both personal and professional contexts.

Karuna Training is rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana view that challenging situations and emotions are gateways to intelligence and enlightenment. Founded in Germany in 1996 it is a two-year program that is currently running in six countries in Europe and in Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque in North America.

The next two-year certificate program will begin on October 29, 2021. Participants in the program are given the tools to:

Karuna Training is different from other trainings in how it offers an applied experience for living the ancient teachings of Buddhism - mindfulness, compassion and communication -- in everyday life. Through a cohort model, a community forms that travel together through the two-year basic training -- and many go on to a third-year graduate training. The community-based nature of the training supports the personal exploration of one's style and habits; both strengths and challenges are revealed and students discover the joy of compassionate exchange first-hand which allows for an authentic sense of confidence and competence to build as the training continues and is applied to their life experiences.

This introductory webinar is donation-based, pay what you can. All are welcome. We hope you will join us!

Teacher Bio

 

Melissa Moore, PhD, is a co-founder of Karuna Training and is currently the Executive Director of Karuna Training North America. Melissa’s background is in community-based mental health, research, training care providers, and women’s issues. She has a Ph.D. in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies and a Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Melissa has taught Buddhism and Contemplative Psychology worldwide for over 25 years.

Contact

For more information please email connect@karunatraining.com

Compassion is a misunderstood word being used and often confused with words like sympathy and empathy. The word implies showing up for the suffering of self and others, however from a Buddhist psychology perspective, the word implies the practice of exchanging self with others from the perspective of nonduality. Spend an hour with us, exchanging yourself with others to find out more about Karuna Training. Learn to live a life of engaged compassion.

About Karuna Live

This Karuna Live is designed to introduce you to Contemplative Psychology through a few key principles:

There are no prerequisites for this course, and it is open and relevant to people seeking depth work in meditation, personal growth, and empowerment. This introductory discussion will include an overview of Karuna Training, a brief question and answer session, and a short guided meditation.

About Karuna Training

Karuna is the Sanskrit word meaning compassion, and Karuna Training is a mindfulness and compassion-based training program that offers participants both ancient and modern time-tested methods, tools, and practices for communicating genuinely and skillfully with others. Karuna graduates know how to be steady and meet the challenges of everyday life while communicating honestly, fearlessly, and genuinely with others in both personal and professional contexts.

Karuna Training is rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana view that challenging situations and emotions are gateways to intelligence and enlightenment. Founded in Germany in 1996 it is a two-year program that is currently running in six countries in Europe and in Berkeley, Seattle, and Albuquerque in North America.

This training is specifically focused on how to work with difficult emotions, communicate skillfully with others, and live a life of engaged compassion in personal and professional contexts.

Participants in the full two-year training program are given the tools to:

Karuna Training is different from other trainings in how it offers an applied experience for living the ancient teachings of Buddhism - mindfulness, compassion, and communication -- in everyday life. Through a cohort model, a community forms that travels together through the two-year basic training -- and many go on to a third-year graduate training. The community-based nature of the training supports personal exploration of one's style and habits; both strengths and challenges are revealed and students discover the joy of compassionate exchange first hand which allows for an authentic sense of confidence and competence to build as the training continues and is applied to their life experiences.

This introductory webinar is donation-based, pay what you can. All are welcome. We hope you will join us!

Melissa Moore, PhD, is a co-founder of Karuna Training and is currently the Executive Director of Karuna Training North America. Melissa’s background is in community-based mental health, research, training care providers, and women’s issues. She has a Ph.D. in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies and a Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Melissa has taught Buddhism and Contemplative Psychology worldwide for over 25 years.

Are you looking for a supportive space for learning in a community of meditation practitioners? This introductory Karuna Training online retreat day is open to everyone. The retreat will include guided meditation, teachings, Q&A, and small group experiential work. If you are considering the Karuna certificate program in Contemplative Psychology, this free retreat will give you a feel for and information on the program. 

For over 25 years, Karuna Training has offered time-tested and skills-based mindfulness and compassion programs in Europe and North America. The next certificate program will begin on October 29, 2021. The two-year program will include both online seminars and in-person retreats in Colorado. For more information visit: www.karunatraining.com/basic-cycle-2021/      

The word Karuna means compassion in Sanskrit and Karuna Training brings together a community of people who trust the wisdom of the world to awaken our compassionate hearts. As we deepen our hearts, we can resource ourselves and learn to integrate our experiences to live a more empowered life. The world needs all of our compassion, health, and wisdom.

Sandra Ladley, MA, is a core Karuna Training faculty member. She partnered with Melissa Moore to bring Karuna Training to North America. Sandra received her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University. She is a long-time Buddhist practitioner and teacher, an interdisciplinary artist and activist, and a life-long student. Sandra teaches Buddhist, Contemplative Psychology and Creative Arts programs internationally. She draws on ​a breadth of experience as a teacher, counselor, and manager in business, mental health and creative arts settings to bring vibrancy and engagement to her teaching.

Terry Jaworski, MA, LMHC graduated from Naropa University in 1983 with a degree in Contemplative Psychology. She worked in Community Mental Health for 25 years as a clinician and supervisor. Terry is now in private practice in Seattle, WA and specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy. She has practiced meditation for 40 years and has been a meditation instructor for 20 years.

In Karuna Training, we trust the intrinsic heath, wisdom, and compassion we were all born with.  In our training program, we learn to tap this both personally and in community so that we can strengthen our resilience through adversity. In this Karuna Live! session we will explore intrinsic resilience and how to apply this to working with the tough circumstances of everyday life.  

About Karuna Live!

This Karuna Live! is designed to introduce you to Contemplative Psychology through a few key principles:

There are no prerequisites for this course, and it is open and relevant to people seeking depth work in meditation, personal growth, and empowerment. This introductory discussion will include an overview of Karuna Training, a brief question and answer session, and a short guided meditation. Visit our website at www.karunatraining.com

About Karuna Training

Karuna is the Sanskrit word meaning compassion, and Karuna Training is a mindfulness and compassion-based training program that offers participants both ancient and modern time-tested methods, tools, and practices for communicating genuinely and skillfully with others. Karuna graduates know how to be steady and meet the challenges of everyday life while communicating honestly, fearlessly, and genuinely with others in both personal and professional contexts.

Karuna Training is rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana view that challenging situations and emotions are gateways to intelligence and enlightenment. Founded in Germany in 1996 it is a two-year program that is currently running in six countries in Europe and in Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque in North America.

The next two-year certificate program will begin on October 29, 2021. Participants in the program are given the tools to:

Karuna Training is different from other trainings in how it offers an applied experience for living the ancient teachings of Buddhism - mindfulness, compassion and communication -- in everyday life. Through a cohort model, a community forms that travels together through the two-year basic training -- and many go on to a third-year graduate training. The community-based nature of the training supports personal exploration of one's style and habits; both strengths and challenges are revealed and students discover the joy of compassionate exchange first-hand which allows for an authentic sense of confidence and competence to build as the training continues and is applied to their life experiences.

This introductory webinar is donation-based, pay what you can. All are welcome. We hope you will join us!

Contact

For more information please email info@karunatraining.com

For more information about Karuna Training, visit our website at www.karunatraining.com

Sandra Ladley, MA, is a core Karuna Training faculty member. She partnered with Melissa Moore to bring Karuna Training to North America. Sandra received her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University. She is a long-time Buddhist practitioner and teacher, an interdisciplinary artist and activist, and a life-long student. Sandra teaches Buddhist, Contemplative Psychology and Creative Arts programs internationally. She draws on ​a breadth of experience as a teacher, counselor, and manager in business, mental health and creative arts settings to bring vibrancy and engagement to her teaching.

 Are you looking for a supportive space for learning in a community of meditation practitioners? This introductory Karuna Training online retreat day is open to everyone. The retreat will include guided meditation, teachings, Q&A, and small group experiential work. If you are considering the Karuna certificate program in Contemplative Psychology, this free retreat will give you a feel for and information on the program. 

For over 25 years, Karuna Training has offered time-tested and skills-based mindfulness and compassion programs in Europe and North America. The next certificate program will begin on October 29, 2021. The two-year program will include both online seminars and in-person retreats in Colorado. For more information visit: www.karunatraining.com/basic-cycle-2021/      

The word Karuna means compassion in Sanskrit and Karuna Training brings together a community of people who trust the wisdom of the world to awaken our compassionate hearts. As we deepen our hearts, we can resource ourselves and learn to integrate our experiences to live a more empowered life. The world needs all of our compassion, health, and wisdom.

Sandra Ladley, MA, is a core Karuna Training faculty member. She partnered with Melissa Moore to bring Karuna Training to North America. Sandra received her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University. She is a long-time Buddhist practitioner and teacher, an interdisciplinary artist and activist, and a life-long student. Sandra teaches Buddhist, Contemplative Psychology and Creative Arts programs internationally. She draws on ​a breadth of experience as a teacher, counselor, and manager in business, mental health and creative arts settings to bring vibrancy and engagement to her teaching.

Terry Jaworski, MA, LMHC graduated from Naropa University in 1983 with a degree in Contemplative Psychology. She worked in Community Mental Health for 25 years as a clinician and supervisor. Terry is now in private practice in Seattle, WA and specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy. She has practiced meditation for 40 years and has been a meditation instructor for 20 years.

3-part contemplative psychology course open to the public

About this Event

June 4, 11, & 18, 2021 at 1 - 3 PM PDT

General admission $45, sliding scale scholarship rate $20

This three-part course invites and introduces participants to Contemplative Psychology methods through the lens of relationships. As humans we tend to relate to each other in one of three ways. Either we are drawn towards someone with a desire to interact, we push someone away, or we ignore them. We call these three tendencies passion, aggression, and ignorance. And, our relationships all fall into one or more often leaving us with holes in our hearts. The unfinished relationships, unrequited loves, remnants of insults, and pain all still live in us, conscious or not.

This course will invite self-healing through speaking from the heart, and intimate inquiry into past, current, and future relations. Whether those be professional, familial, or intimate, every relationship matters.

 

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Melissa Moore, PhD is a co-founder of Karuna Training and is currently the Executive Director of Karuna Training North America. Melissa’s background is in community-based mental health, research, training care providers, and women’s issues. She has a Ph.D. in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies and a Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Melissa has taught Buddhism and Contemplative Psychology worldwide for over 25 years.

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Kathryn Rile has been a practitioner of meditation for over 15 years and teaches meditation in a Buddhist community. Kathryn is a graduate of both Karuna Training and the Maitri Space Awareness Teacher’s Training at Naropa University.