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      January 12, 2019

      Saturday   9:30 AM

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      Powerful Practices for Challenging Times: An Intro to Karuna Training (Philadelphia)

      If we stop and feel deeply into ourselves, we know how the current state of the world is directly affecting all of us in an embodied way. We all react and respond in different, changing and often painful ways to these challenging times. Now is a particularly potent time to recognize the wisdom that is already present in each of us and in all situations. Karuna is the Sanskrit word meaning compassion, and Karuna Training is a compassion and meditation-based program that teaches how to work with intense emotions, improve communication, and genuinely connect with others. It is a journey of personal transformation where we train in keeping our hearts open in the face of difficulty. 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. A new Karuna Training program is scheduled to begin in Baltimore in Spring 2019.      There are no prerequisites for this course, and it is open and relevant to everyone. The weekend will include meditation, teachings, experiential exercises, group processes and individual meetings that provide take-aways in Karuna-based skills. This class also offers an experiential taste of the full Karuna Training program. Sample Schedule Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Registration and TeaIntroductionsTalk on Karuna and Contemplative PsychologyGuided Meditation instructionExperiential processDiscussionBrown bag lunch with the group in the community space MeditationTalk on Compassionate ExchangeExperiential processTea BreakDiscussion Circle and Closing Sunday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm MeditationIntro and Body Speech and Mind Group PracticeTea and SnackQ & A on Karuna TrainingClosing Circle This stand-alone class has no prerequisites, and all are welcome. Price: $150, tuition assistance is available   Yeshe Clarke, MSW, LCSW-C is a cofounder of the Windhorse Institute and Community. She is a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, senior teacher at the Baltimore Shambhala Center, and teaches Karuna Training, a two year non-professional course in Buddhist Psychology. She founded and leads a mindful parenting program exploring parenting as a path of practice. Yeshe was raised in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and has completed many advanced group retreats and solitary retreats. She became an authorized meditation instructor in 1996 and was authorized as a teacher in 2011. Yeshe is dedicated to creating an environment where people feel safe to genuinely open and authentically connect with themselves, each other, and community. Contact For more information please email For more information about Karuna Training, visit our website at

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