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Compassion Intensive with Thupten Jinpa and Jane Chun

February 22, 2020 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Ian Rees
“Compassion is a natural human quality. Compassion training, helps us make it more conscious so that when we are confronted with a certain situation,
that is the part of our motivation system that we will tap into instead of fear, anger, denial or rejection.” Thupten Jinpa

Please join the Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism and the Compassion Institute for this one-day workshop, which is an intensive version of the eight-week Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT)™ developed at the Stanford University School of Medicine Neurosciences Institute, and now housed at the Compassion Institute. Join us in this rare opportunity to work directly with Dr. Thupten Jinpa, the principal author of CCT at Union Theological Seminary. Tickets are available on a sliding scale, and scholarships may be available upon request.

Compassion is an inherent human quality – when we see someone in pain, we may feel their pain and feel motivated to help lessen their suffering. From a young age, we’re wired to connect and care for our fellow human beings. However, our capacity for compassion, for ourselves and others, may be stretched thin in environments where stress and burnout are pervasive, and social division and inequality are on the rise.

Compassion training offers a way to strengthen our innate and relational resources, broaden and shift our perspective, and metabolize the challenges of life, big and small. By connecting with our compassionate nature, we can cultivate habits and an outlook that is more empowering, and respond to challenges with greater skillfulness and wisdom.



“When it comes to grounding all ethical teachings, the foundation turns out to be compassion.” Thupten Jinpa

Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. was trained as a monk at the Shartse College of Ganden Monastic University, South India, where he received the Geshe Lharam degree. Jinpa also holds a B.A. in philosophy and a Ph.D. in religious studies, both from Cambridge University.

Jinpa has been the principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama since 1985, and has translated and collaborated on numerous books by the Dalai Lama including the New York Times Bestsellers Ethics for the New Millennium and The Art of Happiness, as well as Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World. His own publications include A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives and translations of major Tibetan works featured in The Library of Tibetan Classics series. Jinpa is the main author of Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT™) developed at Stanford University in 2009, now housed at the Compassion Institute.

A frequent speaker at various international conferences on mindfulness, compassion, and contemplative practice, Jinpa serves as an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal and is the founder and president of Compassion Institute and the Institute of Tibetan Classics. He has been a core member of the Mind and Life Institute and its Chairman of the Board since January 2012.

Jane M. Chun is passionate about the intersection of compassionate states of being and social and systems change, and deepening our understanding of how this nexus can magnify positive social impact.

She has worked with intergovernmental and nonprofit organizations including UNICEF, UNDP, IOM, and Search for Common Ground, and has conducted research for institutions such as The Brookings Institution, Oxford Refugee Studies Center, and Viet Nam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on topics ranging from climate and environmental change, human ecology, migration and displacement, sustainable development, and decision sciences. Jane holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford where her research investigated these areas. She has actively contributed to global conversations and the development of international frameworks protecting vulnerable and displaced people in the context of climate change and disasters. She also holds an MA from American University in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. In a prior life, Jane was a classical pianist and holds an MM from Indiana University where she studied with Menahem Pressler.

She offers a cross-disciplinary perspective and approach in her teaching and work, and is committed to co-creating change together with organizations and individuals so that we can move toward a present and future we want, for ourselves and for the planet. Jane is Program Director, Specialized Programs at Compassion Institute, and a certified CCT instructor based in New York City.