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. Erica Fraaije May 4, 2021 at 5:56 am - Reply

    Thanking everyone for making this possible, I fell asleep with the compassion meditation but I have got the message and I am going to set a new habit : start the day with an intention and end the day with looking back for synergies. Greetings from the Netherlands!

  2. Suzanne May 4, 2021 at 6:32 am - Reply

    Hello from Scotland, and thank you thank you! Loved this talk and thanks so much for putting on this amazing summit. 🙏

  3. Ineke Overeem May 4, 2021 at 7:27 am - Reply

    Thank you só much!!
    With love from The Netherlands

  4. sibel May 4, 2021 at 7:32 am - Reply

    İt was great thank u

  5. SUDHIR May 4, 2021 at 7:47 am - Reply

    How would you define difference between Aspirations & Intentions?

  6. Gyatso Dorje May 4, 2021 at 7:49 am - Reply

    It’s a blessing all the knowledge that Thupten Jinpa shared.

  7. Sue May 4, 2021 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Enjoyed this session immensely. It was reaffirming of my current practice and shone light on how I can enhance it Thanks from Canada.

  8. Yazmin D’Urso May 4, 2021 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Your practice really gave me inner peace, it was beautiful. Thank you!

  9. Alex May 4, 2021 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for sharing with me (us) your personal experience, Thupten Jinpa! And many thanks for your life activities!
    I wish you, happiness, healthy life and good fortune in Life!

  10. MARIA LUISA COSTANTINO May 4, 2021 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Hello for Italy. Thanks Thanks thanks

  11. Tim Murphey May 4, 2021 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Dr. Thupten Jinpa, you bring so much warmth to the practices with so much hope for their intentions and our aspirations that we could feel the growing awareness and how it loops back to the benefit us all. Much appreciated, kansha kansha.

  12. Marion Reynolds May 4, 2021 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Hello from England. I am so impressed by Thupden Jinpa, his clarity, his gentleness, deep wisdom and compassion shine through his words and his expression. Thank you so much for creating this event so that those like me can access such teachings. Thank you.

  13. Paola May 4, 2021 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Paola, Italy. So grateful to be part of this summit 🙂

  14. Dr.A.Selvaraj May 4, 2021 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Nameste. I am from India.Thank you Dr. Thupten Jinpa for your wonderful overview about compassion and Loving Kindness. your guided meditation process is very useful to bring Awareness. Intention setting and aspirations for an Individual. I have read his Book Fearless Heart. I am happy to reinforce my Mindfulness practice through his session today. Thank you Science and wisdom Mind Summit.

  15. Lodro Satso May 4, 2021 at 9:00 am - Reply

    I love your talks and find a real connection to the way you present your thoughts on the matter of emotions. thank you so much for your personal offering.
    Lodro Satso, aka Sharon Kennedy

  16. JJ May 4, 2021 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Thank you for your experience and sharing it with us. I will practice this everyday and hope that improves my actions as I progress.

  17. Sue May 4, 2021 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Thank you very much Thupten Jinpa for sharing your session with me. Such a blessing . I would like to make this part of my daily practice.
    I wish we had more than 48 hrs to really take in this summit. Many subjects I am interested in.

  18. Natalia May 4, 2021 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I am enjoying being part of this Summit so much. What a great feeling to share the values within the community with this level of awareness and mindfulness! Thanks a lot! Enormous gratitude coming all way from Russia.

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  20. Poppy Palimeri May 4, 2021 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Dr .Thupten Jimpa , I am so much touched by your words,your deep wisdom.Thank you for being in
    my life.My country’s sun light joined the light of your wisdom and I feel happy !

  21. Meltem May 4, 2021 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Just watched Thupten Jinpa’s lecture, and it touched me a lot. Thank you very much. Also to all the speakers.

  22. Susana May 4, 2021 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for sharing these teachings! It was very inspiring and beautiful! 🙏

  23. Kat from Chico, California USA May 4, 2021 at 10:43 am - Reply

    I thank you for this. I wept tears of humility, gratitude, and hope as I joined many others in this meditation.

  24. Beverly Redmond May 4, 2021 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Thank you so much, Dr. Jinpa. Your presentation was excellent – enlightening, simple and challenging to put into practice. I hope to listen to it again before the sessions end.

  25. Chris Rauch May 4, 2021 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Thank you. I feel blessed to have listened to your message and to have meditated with you.

  26. Marianne Holloran May 4, 2021 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Greetings from Ocala, Florida, USA. Love Thupten Jinpa’s exercise of compassion and setting intentions. Thank you for this conference. All of the speakers have been full of wisdom and joy!

  27. Aditi Ganguly May 4, 2021 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful session. Hope to start with intention setting from tomorrow. Enriching session which will really help people who facing difficult siruation in this pandemic.

  28. Barbara May 4, 2021 at 11:34 am - Reply

    From Barbara Winchester UK.Thank you so much for inspiration. It has enriched my day.

  29. Nikolas May 4, 2021 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Thank you for all your wisdom and loving kindness Greetings from Germany

  30. TARA Hasnain May 4, 2021 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    HI/Tashi Delek, Geshe Jinpa la, from Tara Dhar, the INDIAN Tara in Singapore! I really enjoyed this talk, and the deeply moving practice session. It will stay with me for a long time. You were so clear, and so inspirational.

  31. Penny May 4, 2021 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I thoroughly enjoyed this practical session, especially the exercise of setting intentions. I practice this in my yoga class but you have given this practice more meaning. Thank you

  32. Rodica Zimbru May 4, 2021 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    A really very interesting presentation about emotions! Thank you!

  33. Jo Lane May 4, 2021 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Thank you. This was so heart felt and specially feeling a physical extension as you spoke of extending intention from our loved ones to the greater circle of humanity It was palpable and still lingers. I hope to repeat in future meditations thank you again from California

  34. Salvatore Milanese May 4, 2021 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    thank you for bringing this light to our souls, from Brazil

  35. Melina May 4, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I really loved this session. Thank you!!! Melina from Buenos Aires

  36. SOLANGE DAVID May 4, 2021 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Wonderful!!! Thank you, so much

  37. D Conway May 4, 2021 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Thupten Jinpa for sharing your wisdom, your kind generous heart shone through. Derval from Ireland.

  38. divya agrawal Agrawal May 4, 2021 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    it resembles so much with an ancient practice called Yognidra in Yoga….just loved it

  39. Elisa May 4, 2021 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Elisa from Boston area here. I have experienced much of what he describes here. The self absorbed nature of being troubled, suffering, the remedy of focusing instead on others, helping, reaching out to the lonely. Feeling compassion for others bringing me out of my darkness (tho not always, empathyalone can make me sadder at times, depending on the person!) Also doing things to evoke gratitude. This video is such a clear, understandable & concise explanation of such life-shifting truths. Thank you!

  40. Dustin May 4, 2021 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    This was amazing! Many thanks from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

  41. Ana Heeren May 4, 2021 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you!!!

  42. Shirley Ray May 4, 2021 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Having this opportunity for heart mind connection with others through teachings on compassion from Junpa’s experience and wisdom enables us all to move closer to aspirations for practice of the dharma. A deep bow.
    From Shirley in Utah’s mountain corridor.

  43. Elaine May 4, 2021 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Dr Jinpa’s session was so enlightening and familiar at the same time. Just allowing a space to set intention points us in the direction of compassion naturally as human beings. So profound in its simplicity, beautifully presented. Thank you so very much! What a blessing.

  44. Patricia Dellacha May 4, 2021 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Gracias!!Gracias!!Gracias!!! Infinita compasión

  45. Sj May 4, 2021 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    So wonderful to see and hear you here Thubten la. Thuk je che

  46. James Quinn May 4, 2021 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you for an excellent presentation. I was surprised to learn my aspirations for the world. Just becoming aware of them had an immediate impact on my view of current projects and plans. Very humbling. Thank you!

  47. TEMSAK May 4, 2021 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for your practical point of intention setting practice, from Songkhla Thailand.

  48. Maria James-Shier May 4, 2021 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Always a joy to spend dedicated time in the presence of Thupten Jinpa cultivating compassion. Open hearts, open minds. Transforming the human experience.

  49. Louise Ho May 4, 2021 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I seriously loved this! You speak straight from the heart. I felt very at-ease. Such a thoughtful, kind, conscientious speaker. Thank-you for your words of wisdom 🙂

  50. Amanda Abbott May 4, 2021 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Really loved the simplicity of this, thankyou

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