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. Pam Maccabee May 3, 2021 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Mind and Life Institute needs to include mindful crying in its research and programs.

  2. Pam Maccabee May 3, 2021 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Mind and Life Institute needs to include crying in its research and programs. Who listens?

  3. Janis Joplin May 3, 2021 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    I don’t understand how this event is structured. When I see Daniel Goleman’s presentation, is he just explaining what is available for Day 2 or is he leading a discussion? If the latter, how do I get there? Is there somewhere I can get an explanation of this event so I can receive the most from it?

    • Ryan [Mind & Life] May 3, 2021 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Janis, each evening there is a live overview of the day with the host, which you can view in a live Zoom call. He’s wasn’t leading a discussion tonight, just overviewing the day and what to look for. Then all the videos for the day are made available in the left column further up on this page. You can watch them in any order for 48 hours from their initial release. Tomorrow, at the live event time (same as tonight), you’ll see a link on that lefthand sidebar to the live call for Day 3, you should also get an email with the link. Hope that helps!

    • dorothy currier May 3, 2021 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      just use the link for the Summit Homepage which has links for every video. I found it very confusing too. Interview with Paul Ekman from yesterday was great.

  4. Ratna Singgih May 3, 2021 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    I can not open the videos. So sad .. I am actually really interested in the topics.

    • Pamela Star May 3, 2021 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      I couldn’t open them right after the live introduction but later I could

  5. Patricia Pritchett, LPC May 3, 2021 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    This was wonderful. I enjoyed the lesson and his perspective on compassion training. I loved it and could listen to him all day. I will be looking into his program.

  6. Kristi Iverson May 3, 2021 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful session and teaching from Thupten Jinpa! I have trained in CCT and have been missing the monthly alumni sessions since the pandemic began. This was a great way to bring awareness of the practice back into my daily life. With deep gratitude.

  7. Carolyn Cronin May 3, 2021 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Beautiful session which many would benefit from.
    This is the way I practice daily and it has brought much joy to my life.
    It is great fortune that I have been with remarkable teachers and a lay sangha that reinforces my practice. 🙏🏼 Thank you for offering a clear picture of compassion 💖

  8. Steve Setera PhD May 3, 2021 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Tremendously inspirational and helpful. Dr Thupten Jinpa presents a way forward to allow us to handle our issues and situations of daily life and make better lives for ourselves and all other beings.

  9. Denise May 3, 2021 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Hello from Scotland and thank you.

  10. Susan Sandland May 3, 2021 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Thank you from the depth of my heart for this timely summit while the world, my country, my community, my friends and myself are experiencing confusion, loss and suffering. The combination of the Tibetan Buddhist and Western psychology teachings are profound.

  11. :) May 3, 2021 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    This was lovely. I felt a true tenderness and presence with the guide practice. Thank you Dr. Jinpa-la.

  12. Pierrette Lacoste May 3, 2021 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Listening to the definition of Compassion in both the Eastern and the Western worldviews, and following with an actual guided practice contributed to my understanding of Compassion more deeply. For me, learning about Compassion this way is holistic, joining the intellectual knowledge to the experiential exercise.

    The simplicity and clarity of Dr. Thupten Jinpa’s presentation was outstanding.

    With gratitude.

  13. Monica May 3, 2021 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    This is fantastic and eye opening

  14. Paula DeMichele May 3, 2021 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    From my limited knowledge of Buddhism, what Jinpa has described is a pattern of practice of meditation that increases spaciousness in the mind and heart – in other words, opens us out of the boxes we usually inhabit mentally and emotionally. That spaciousness opens onto awareness, becomes a field in which we are allowed to move out of being stuck and into an even wider and deeper awareness of possibility. Or in other terms, of the birth of something new in us and the world. Without the consistent practice, though, this opening does not happen. That requires committing to repeating the practice.

  15. Jane May 3, 2021 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Wonderful Jinpa! Thank you so much.
    There is so much valuable information that I’m sure I will be listening to this again.
    Working within traditional Education systems that seem so entrenched and reluctant to shift their focus to include Self- Care and Social Emotional education has been difficult, so your work on compassion and self care presented here is vital for the well being of us all.

  16. Geraldine May 3, 2021 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Thupten Jinpa’s presentation on compassion training was lovely and very helpful.
    Thank you.

  17. Maria Helena Zapparoli May 3, 2021 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    I really loved to hear Thupten Jinpa and experienced his practice. Thank you so much

  18. Karen Eubanks May 3, 2021 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Tremendously grateful that Dr. Thupten Jinpa is a messenger from the GOD of our Consciousness. I have downloaded the book and look forward to deepening my meditative practice with myself and others. I am changed through the meditational experience to begin a new course of being.

  19. Tom May 3, 2021 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    This was a truly wonderful session. The guided exercise was a unique experience to me. Thank you

  20. Bill Hilton May 3, 2021 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Terrific presentation. Covered CCT in ~48 minutes. Thank you.

  21. Jill May 3, 2021 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    I absolutely loveD doctor Thupten Jinpa‘S presentation… I have a mind that never wants to shut down… His presence, energy, And tonality in his voice completely toned me way down and I’m ready for a peaceful sleep tonight I feel very relaxed and calmed down after his session he truly has a wonderful gift Of helping others and making a difference in peoples lives…

  22. Maria Cristina Lunic May 3, 2021 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much, I am a physician, compassion is very helpfull in our practice

  23. Erika Poo Rivara May 3, 2021 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Just an enormous THANK YOU 🙏

  24. Ximena Combariza E. May 3, 2021 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    The presentation of Thupten Jinpa, along with the practice on setting intentions, have really touched me. How wise kind, clear, humble and compassionate he is! And, of course, I’ve also enjoyed all the other presentations I have seen. Thank you very much for giving us this marvelous opportunity to learn from so many great scientists, spiritual leaders and human beings. I really feel blessed for it. Please receive a big hug, from Colombia.

  25. Helen Davis May 3, 2021 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Wonderful presentation and powerful meditation. I love the idea of setting an intention for the day and then showing up.
    Thank you very much for this gift.

  26. Yvonne May 3, 2021 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful presentation filled with love, joy and compassion for the future. Thank you! 🙏🏻

  27. Ana Cristina Santos Palmieri May 3, 2021 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Tem um conteúdo maravilhoso. 48h é pouco tempo para assistir todas as apresentações. Por favor, considerem deixar disponível por mais tempo. Obrigada

  28. Chandana Watagodakumbura May 3, 2021 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    The notion that a compassionate attitude is a mindset/ way of life resonates with me very well. Developing such a mindset at an early stage of life gives us the opportunity to reap its benefits for the rest of life. We can expose children to various art forms – literature, paintings, music and so on – that depict compassion could be some proactive actions we can take. I see a compassionate mindset as the realisation of the relatively abstract concept of interconnectedness/ interdependence. In other words, it is an attitude of “just like me” for the other human beings. Such an attitude takes us away from the burden of comparing ourselves with other human beings in a world where each one of us is unique. This line of thinking takes us to practice the notions of self-compassion and acceptance that promote well-being.

  29. Monica Langer May 3, 2021 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Thupten Jinpa, 🙏🏻😌

  30. Gabriele May 3, 2021 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Dr. Thupten Jinpa is an absolute delight to listen to. His very clear, practical and truly compassionate replies are very inspiring and simply urge me to follow his perspectives and advice. To form intentions for being compassionate is truly helpful on so many levels for ones and others life. Thank you!

  31. Lucia Cañizares May 3, 2021 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, tender and clear path to practice. Thanks a lot Jinnah!!! The best gift I received today.

  32. Trinh Ngo May 3, 2021 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Thank you all speakers.

  33. Regina Reinhardt May 3, 2021 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for your kind talk, reminding us of the intention setting and the practise you offered. What I’ll keep in memory is the definition of compassion being a combination of empathy and doing. May you be always well, at ease and in peace, Namaste.

  34. Noelle Meeke May 4, 2021 at 12:39 am - Reply

    If one signs up and pays for the summit how long do they have access to the videos?

  35. Stefanie Wilson May 4, 2021 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Thank you from Norfolk UK

  36. Jenny May 4, 2021 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Jenny, Oslo Norway. Thank you so much! Inspirational! On emotion, motiation and compassion.

  37. M.KANCHANA May 4, 2021 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Could intention come in the form of prayer for those who choose that way?

  38. Oey May 4, 2021 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Thank you very much. I learn a lot about Intention Setting through Compassionate practice. I will definitely bring this practice in my daily life.

  39. Kanoknuch May 4, 2021 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Hi, try to connect with the clip.

  40. Janet Elizabeth Smith May 4, 2021 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Thank you Thupten Norbu you teaching was inspiring in its simplicity.

  41. Binh May 4, 2021 at 3:02 am - Reply

    The subjects of compassion and intention setting were so beautifully said. Thank you so much for the session.
    I wonder if i can download this?

  42. Jennifer Hernandez May 4, 2021 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Thank you for this lovely practice.

  43. Edith Simmons-Richner May 4, 2021 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Thank you, Thupten Jinpa, from the bottom of my “Trembling Heart”. Oh, “Tenderness”, the most beautiful word I have ever heard.
    Best wishes to all from London on a very windy day.

  44. Purushottam Borkar May 4, 2021 at 3:41 am - Reply

    compassion plays vital role in life.
    Very good information.

  45. Maria de la luz May 4, 2021 at 3:49 am - Reply

    The most wonderful presentacion and meditacion.
    Thank you for all the beatifull teachings.
    The daily practice incredible eassy and very helpful.
    Thank you, thank you

  46. Purushottam Borkar PhD May 4, 2021 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Thanks it was nice lecture on compassion, empathetic feeling, intention and aspirations.

  47. Lisa May 4, 2021 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Thank you so much ! This was wonderful and very helpful. Looking forward to putting this into a regular practice. Thank you, to all of you, from France 🙂

  48. Helene May 4, 2021 at 4:38 am - Reply

    Thank you for your generosity of sharing very user friendly practices. Very good session!

  49. Mita May 4, 2021 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your practice techniques and simple wisdom tools.

  50. Martina May 4, 2021 at 5:38 am - Reply

    A very lovely talk. Thank you Dr. Jinpa.

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