Introduction to Heart Cultivation

Introduction to Self-Compassion: A Daylong Retreat

with Doug Pullin


Saturday, March 4, 2023 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

"For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one's own feelings and to care for one's own welfare... Caring for others requires caring for oneself."- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Compassion is what happens in us when love connects deeply with suffering. This day long meditation retreat is an opportunity for us to come together to remember and deepen our connection with our inherent capacity to keep our hearts open with the suffering of pain, fear, anger and sorrow.  

Compassion is a courageous attitude that stands up to harm to others, and the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves and others, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human. 

During this day together we will explore the three key components of self-compassion (identified by Dr. Kristin Neff in her book Self Compassion): self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Together they comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives. This loving presence is the foundation for compassionate action that seeks to reduce suffering in the world.  

Together we will do meditation practices that cultivate mindfulness, kindness and a sense of our shared humanity. This day of meditation will include periods of sitting, walking and movement meditation.  There will also be a Dharma talk and opportunity for personal sharing.

Location: Live-Stream

Suggested Donation: $70 (No one turned away for lack of funds.  You may self-select dana below.  Due to the limits of the registration software, offerings of less than $1 cannot be processed by this form.  If you require a full scholarship, please write to PIMC manager Gregory at [email protected] to be enrolled manually.)

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