Karuna Training is a comprehensive program in Contemplative Psychology that teaches how to work skillfully and compassionately with yourself and others. “Karuna” means “compassion” in sanskrit and this program offers ample training and practice in cultivating compassion and offering it to others. Teaching skills like listening, compassionate exchange, working with intense emotions and confused relationship, the 2-year training is grounded in contemplative meditation practice and brought to life through group and partner based experiential exercises where participants can practice relating skillfully with each other. It is a journey of discovering one’s own brilliant sanity, and of learning how to exchange ourselves for others so that we can transform everyday life challenges into opportunities for openness and wisdom.
Participation in a Karuna Training Cycle Includes:
An excellent foundation of knowledge regarding psychological health from the Buddhist perspective, combined with insights from western, process-based therapeutic models.
Meditation, mindfulness and compassion, sensory awareness exercises, and cognitive techniques.
Group and partner-based experiental work.
Supervised continuity groups between seminars that deepen Compassionate Exchange.
Personal development within the supportive community.
Karuna Training Develops:
Trust in one’s own basic health.
The clarity to allow direct experience to arise and be voiced, with gentleness.
Development of genuiness in communication based on compassion and confidence towards oneself, and one’s ability to be available to others.
The ability to utilize one’s relationships as a transformational path of awakening the heart.
A valuable basis to integrate mindfulness and compassion in our work with others.
How is Karuna Training Connected to Shambhala?
Karuna Training is a separate nonprofit organization from Shambhala, but it teaches the Contemplative Psychology tradition passed down by Shambhala’s founder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
While Karuna and Shambhala trainings are rooted in many of the same teachings, they differ in their focus and implementation. Shambhala Training offers a spiritual path with teachings and committments for deep personal spiritual growth, while Karuna Training offers skillful means for bringing that inner transformation out into our social interactions, as well as training on how to be helpful and genuinely available for others, even in the most challenging or painful situations.
Who is Karuna Training For?
Karuna Training is for anyone who wants to improve their skillfulness, compassion or vulnerability in their interactions with others. Its for anyone who has relationships that matter to them.
Karuna offers CEU’s for certain types of therapists, and teaches the principles of Contemplative Psychology, but it isn’t for therapists alone. Karuna does not train people to be therapists. The principles and skills taught are applicable to any kind of work where you have to interact with others, and is extremely helpful for working with personal relationships.
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