Cultivating Compassion through Buddhist Meditation

Saturday, April 13, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. CT  
TS Members: $30 • Nonmembers: $35

Cultivating Compassion through Buddhist Meditation Dhananjay Joshi 4.13.24Compassion is that sense of concern that arises when we see the suffering of other beings and feel an innate desire to act in a way that relieves that suffering. It is one of the “Four Immeasurables” which were praised by the Buddha and are some of the oldest known meditation practices from the Buddhist tradition, the others being lovingkindness, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. These practices are not only attitudes or internal states; they are also practices for living our lives in a more loving, grounded, and blissful way.

All humans possess compassionate hearts. We can easily experience feelings of compassion towards our friends and family. However, considering the current state of the world there is a need to expand our concept of compassion to a global level. This workshop will delve deep into the nature and arising of compassion through interactive discussions and guided meditations. We will learn to practice “Setting Your Intention,” an ancient Tibetan practice that propels us to motivation. We will explore the three skills needed: quieting the mind, focusing the mind, and strengthening our awareness. Through self-acceptance and self-compassion, we will become a compassionate presence for all other beings.

Location: 1926 N. Main Street in Wheaton, IL

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Dhananjay JoshiDhananjay Joshi is a professor of statistics and business psychology who has been practicing Mindfulness and Zen meditation for more than 45 years under the guidance of Achan Sobin and Zen Master Seung Sahn. He lived in a Hindu monastery for six years practicing traditional Vedanta teachings. He was a co-founder of the Chicago Meditation Center in the 1980s and helped conduct silent retreats. Joshi volunteers with the Theosophical Society and regularly writes book reviews for Quest magazine.