Practicing Compassion: The Strength of a "Trembling Heart"

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Thupten Jinpa, PhD

Practicing Compassion: The Strength of a "Trembling Heart"

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What You'll Learn

  • Hear Jinpa’s unique perspective on the strengths and limitations of western and eastern approaches to emotions, and how we can benefit from both of them

  • Receive an introduction to compassion training and learn why compassion is traditionally said to benefit the giver as much as the receiver by increasing your sense of joy, energy, and purpose

  • Be led in a guided practice to help you tap into your deepest compassionate intention, recognize our common humanity, and bring this energy into your everyday life

About Thupten Jinpa, PhD

Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D has been the principal English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1985, and has translated and collaborated on numerous books by the Dalai Lama. His own publications include A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives and translations of major Tibetan works. Jinpa serves as an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University and is the founder and president of the Institute of Tibetan Classics. Jinpa is the principal author of Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT©) developed while at Stanford University in 2009, and now disseminated through the Compassion Institute, which he co-founded in 2017. Jinpa was trained as a monk at the Shartse College of Ganden Monastic University, and also holds a B.A. in philosophy and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Cambridge University. He has been a core member of the Mind and Life Institute and its Chairman of the Board since January 2012.

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  1. Susanne May 4, 2021 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    A path to finding and guiding positive actions and energy! 🙏 thank you
    From Costa Rica

  2. Tina May 4, 2021 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your teaching, wisdom, and reminding us we all have 2 or three minutes a day to develop this important habit of mind to develop conscious compassion for ourselves and others.
    from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  3. Margareta May 4, 2021 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    So warming. Such deeply felt kindness, love, compassion. I feel filled with gratitude. Thank you so much.

  4. Patricia Angeles May 4, 2021 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Just wounderfull.. Thank you so much.

  5. Marit Elverland May 4, 2021 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    When there are text slides, could you consider to read them out loud? I am at times listening without watching the screen, and then miss out on the text only.

  6. Susanne May 4, 2021 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Started my day today with an intention. May we be all free of suffering, may we all live in peace. Thank you so much. Susanne, Germany

  7. Carolyn May 5, 2021 at 12:08 am - Reply

    When Thupten Jinpa led me through this practice I experienced a profound sense of connection with myself and others that filled me with joy. A brimming, calm, oneness with all beings joy- I’m humbled and exulted. Thank you.

  8. Eva May 5, 2021 at 12:42 am - Reply

    Wonderful, so deep for a better understanding and at the same time so useful for daily life.
    Thank you so much

  9. Els May 5, 2021 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Thank you very much. I loved this teaching and the wonderful exercises that reminds us that every day is an opportunity to be/do good. (from Belgium)

  10. Jack Cerva May 5, 2021 at 1:39 am - Reply

    Wonderful appreciation for the difficulties of meditation for some western thinkers Logical applications.
    Thank You

  11. Jack Cerva May 5, 2021 at 1:46 am - Reply

    🙏 Great Value

  12. Maria Laura May 5, 2021 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Thanks a lot! I really feel connected with the practice, connected with all. Thanks for the simplicity and deepness of the talk.

  13. Tori May 5, 2021 at 2:22 am - Reply

    Mile maith agat ( a thousand thank yous). 😊

  14. Markus May 5, 2021 at 4:19 am - Reply

    thank you for your warm and wise words – for us, for our loved ones and for the world, which we all and I can use for our deep connected meditation – I do thank you from the depth of my heart – all the best from Munich in Germany 🙂

  15. Anjali May 5, 2021 at 5:14 am - Reply

    So well explained!!! I can hear this for hours….truly love how Jinpaji lead us into compassion practice.

  16. Sanet Van Breda May 5, 2021 at 7:09 am - Reply

    I loved this thank you so much

  17. Elkie May 5, 2021 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for your warm and Health practice with us. I feel so compassionate for the entire world.
    Thank you 🙏

  18. Kate May 5, 2021 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Thank you so much! That was lovely.

  19. Angela M May 5, 2021 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Thank you so much. Really enjoyed this session. Made perfect sense. As compassion is a natural state to me, I’ve always been shocked by people who cannot express it…. I thought they were heartless, but now I know that they’ve missed out on the ‘training’ during their life-journey/experience. I’m glad I’ve received my lessons and I can be of service to others. Isn’t that what we would all aspire to?

  20. Stacy May 5, 2021 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Excellent! I connected with every piece of this. It felt like someone understands my thoughts fully. This has encouraged me and inspired me to continue forward in my path. I’m very grateful. Thank you Dr. Jinpa and to everyone making this summit possible.
    Alabama, USA

  21. Diane Boover May 5, 2021 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Very practical and simple. Even I could do this!

  22. Rina Vaage May 5, 2021 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Tuk Je Che Geshe La, currently in Thailand

  23. Nicholas Karayannis May 5, 2021 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Wonderful talk. I really appreciate how Thupten Jinpa explains the interconnection between emotions, empathy, compassion, and his practical explanation of how we can cultivate compassion in ourselves and our society.

  24. Henrietta May 5, 2021 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for the guided meditation session and explanation of aspiration-awareness-intention. Lately, I want to run from my feelings because we’re surrounded by so much suffering. But during the session with you, bringing kindness and understanding to my own fear instead of judging myself to be uncaring, I was able to be with that tender heart of compassion for myself and others. The session brought me to tears mixed with sadness and joy. My aspiration is to remember kindness.

  25. Yasmin Holmes May 5, 2021 at 10:25 am - Reply

    wonderful teaching thank you so much

  26. Sally Huang-Nissen May 5, 2021 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Dr. Jinpa was most impressive in expressing his knowledge and experience! His sincerity is obvious and heart felt…eliciting compassionate feelings from me!

  27. Sam Ravenda May 5, 2021 at 11:30 am - Reply

    That was such an inspiring presentation. I thoroughly enjoyed every word that was shared. I particularly love the idea of setting intentions for the day in such a simple way and how impactful that can be in cultivating awareness.

  28. camille May 5, 2021 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much Thupten! so much peace, kindness and clarity transmitted even remotely. Loved the practice and also how he made us concious of our western biases.

  29. Ingrid Otepka May 5, 2021 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for your words and your guided practice. It seems to me so simple, and the impact was powerful. And thank you for your offer on how to integrate this practice into daily life and that you mentioned that it’s about being kind to ourselves. Thank you so much 🙂

  30. Atyang May 5, 2021 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    This is a complete awakening for me on so many levels. Incredible research shared with so much love and compassion by all the presenters in this program. I am filled with great appreciation for finding this space and hearing from these incredible teachers.
    Nairobi, Kenya

  31. Magalí Diana Gimenez May 5, 2021 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    This was absolutely wonderfull.
    Heart fully thank you!

  32. Catharina Carlsson May 5, 2021 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks So wonderful as always when you guide. So grateful

  33. Lucia May 5, 2021 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Brilliant!!!!Sheer wisdom!!!Simple tips!!so grateful!!

  34. Christine Domino May 5, 2021 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Love this. Thank you for food for my soul.

  35. Emma Stedile May 5, 2021 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much.I really appreciated this session. GRATITUDE!

  36. Iris Ilona Lieber May 9, 2021 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Very important to practice the awareness,intention, and compassion, to have more joy and avoid suffering. Thank You.

  37. Geja May 10, 2021 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for “giving” through your being and saying. My whole being felt so “warm” , embodied, grounded and “full-hearted” after listening to you and going through the practice you gave. Thank you for the posibilities you mentioned to do in daily practicis. Very grateful!

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