Loving Kindness & Compassion
Julia Stenzel, PhD | 12. July 2023 to 16. July
This week introduces students to the important topic of loving kindness and compassion. We will explore these from Buddhist perspectives in dialogue with recent scientific findings in the field. Loving kindness and compassion are inherent qualities all beings possess. Buddhist traditions have developed methods to strengthen these and to apply them skillfully in daily lives by grounding them in the right view.
Through lectures, readings, reflection, discussion, contemplative exercises, and journaling, students will explore many facets of these meaningful topics. Theoretical analysis of compassion as a mind state, or skill, will alternate with learning about examples of life stories, and application of Buddhist contemplative practices.
This course is for you if...
would like to gain a deeper understanding of the qualities of loving kindness and compassion
would like to reflect on ways of increasing the well-being of individuals, communities, and society, in today’s world
Topics and Readings
Wednesday: Compassion Culture
Thursday: Radical compassion in Santideva’s BCA
Saturday: Compassion in biographies of Buddhist masters
Sunday: Idiot compassion, violent compassion
Julia Stenzel is director of studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal. She received her doctorate from McGill University in Canada. Previously, she studied and practiced the Dharma in Dhagpo Kundrol Ling, a Tibetan monastic hermitage in France under the guidance of the late Tibetan Buddhist master Lama Gendun Rinpoche. She also contributed to several translation projects.
Julia was born in the US and raised in Germany. She lives in Boudha, Nepal, enjoying her life in the vicinity of one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage places, the Boudha stupa.
7:30 - 8:15 Morning Meditation at the pond or in the meditation hall
8:15- 9:30 Breakfast
11:15 -12:30 Lectures by Prof. Julia Stenzel
Various contemplative activities and group activities
Movement: Yoga, Qui-Gong, walks and hikes
The daily schedule is subject to change and may be adapted.
Join on-site and online!
On-site participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion during the course, ask questions and join the meditation sessions offered.
As an online participant, you can ask questions, but will not be able to join the discussions or meditation sessions.
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If you are under 26 and a student, or you have very limited means, a donation of 360 Euros would be appropriate.
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