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compassion year curriculum — san francisco

Compassion-based Psychotherapy
and Social Transformation




Above: Robert Thurman and Tara Brach — speaking to students
attending the Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy
during the Compassion Year in New York.

Opening Retreat. Foundations of Mahayana: Entering the Universal Vehicle of Wisdom and Compassion

Faculty:  J. Loizzo, R. Thurman, M. Neale and E. Wolf

Retreat Foundational Topics include: Interdependence / Emptiness / Great Compassion (Bodhicitta)

Module 1. Transforming the Mind for Social Engagement

Primary Faculty expert: M. Neale

Additional Fall Faculty: J. Loizzo, R. Thurman, E. Nichtern, T. Brach, E. Wolf

Class topics include: Universal Vehicle of Wisdom and Compassion Buddhist Psychology / Analysis of the Seven-Point Mind-Clearing Text / Mind-Training Practice (Lojong) / Giving-and-Taking Practice (Tonglen) / The Social Science of Destructive and Pro-Social Emotions / Relevance to Interpersonal Neurobiology / Neuroscience and Research of Compassion and Altruism.

Intersession Retreat. Cognitive Behavioral Compassion Training (CBCT)

Faculty: L. T. Negi

Module 2. Role-Modeling Imagery and Embodied Openness for Self-Transformation

Primary Faculty expert: J. Loizzo

Additional Spring Faculty:R. Thurman, M. Neale, M. Caplan, P. Jennings, D. Fosha, S. Sequeira, M. Reilly-Nichols

Class topics include: Overview of Creation and Perfection Stages of Tantra / Mentor Role-Modeling / Subtle Body Science / Analysis of the Mentor-Bonding text / Role-Modeling and Mentor-Bonding Visualizations (Guru-Yoga) / Relevance to Self-Psychology / Neuroscience and Research of Visualization / Great Seal Practice of Radical Open-Mindedness and Blissful Neurochemistry (Mahamudra) / Subtle Body Science: Channels, Winds and Drops / Polyvagal Theory / Deep Affect Therapy

Meditation Practicum. Instruction and Supervision with Robert Thurman

This is taught throughout the year and meditations are reinforced at the beginning of each class meeting.



The Healing Mentor, Bhaishajya