Cultivating Wise Compassion

Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

Sustainable Happiness with Scott Tusa

Cultivating Wise Compassion: Seven Steps to Transforming Your Life and World

Course 4 in the Sustainable Happiness Program with Scott Tusa

Anticipating today’s social neuroscience, positive psychology, and social activism, the Nalanda tradition sees the work of adapting our minds and brains to the challenge of global interdependence as the key variable determining our future health and happiness, individually and collectively. Way ahead of its time, this tradition sees our human predicament of alienation, implicit bias, divisiveness and social stress reactivity as a self-protective overkill in which our self-enclosing stress instincts lock us into reliving childhood trauma and block our development of the wise mind and warm heart that support a proactive life in the world.

This fourth class in the Sustainable Happiness Program teaches the contemplative science of social-emotional healing and change based on the art of transforming the mind (lo-jong), refined by Nalanda masters Chandrakirti and Shantideva and distilled in Chekawa Yeshe Dorje’s beloved Seven Point Mind Training. Integrating all three vehicles of Buddhist wisdom and practice in one format tailored to lay life in an interdependent world, this vital practice teaches an industrial strength version of loving-kindness we think of as social-emotional Kung-fu.


Curriculum

In terms of practice, the seven points cover:

  • Using mindfulness and loving kindness to disarm and heal traumatic stress habits
  • Using self-compassion and analytic insight to transform the traumatic self into an expansive self of prosocial engagement; and
  • Using the art of giving love and taking care in the face of adversity to embody the spirit of altruism in all our interactions.

Finally, the class introduces the art of exchanging self-enclosure for altruism by invoking mentors of altruism to cultivate an altruistic way of being in the world.

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Note: Early registration is highly recommended. Our Nalanda Institute community receives a 10% discount for registering online for the in-person option. Use the code nalanda2019 during checkout.

For those who cannot attend in person, we offer live streaming.


Additional Details

  • This course will be available via live streaming.
  • There are no prerequisites for this class, all are welcome.
  • Certificate-track students must meet prescribed requirements.

Schedule

Monday evenings: January 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 4, 11 from 7–9pm
Location: Tibet House in New York City (or via live streaming)


Tuition

Tuition (in person):
$25 per session or $135 for all six classes (includes live streaming playback)
Register today to reserve your spot.

Tuition (live streaming only):
$7 per session or $40 for all six classes
Register for live streaming

Live streaming details: For those who pre-register, live streaming information (links and passwords) will be included with your confirmation. For those attending and paying in person, who would like to view the video later, be sure to sign up during class to receive the streaming information. For all, links will expire after the course has ended.

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Note: Early registration is highly recommended. Our Nalanda Institute community receives a 10% discount for registering online for the in-person option. Use the code nalanda2019 during checkout.


Retreat: Transforming the Mind for Compassionate Living

A daylong retreat with Scott Tusa and Ana Velasco is scheduled for Saturday, March 16th and may be taken independent of the course. More information here.


Meet Scott Tusa

Scott Tusa

Scott Tusa is a Buddhist teacher based in Brooklyn. He teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology nationally in both group and one-to-one settings, and supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor. He trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation with some of the greatest living masters since his early twenties, including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Tulku Sangag Rinpoche. Ordained by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, he spent nine years as a Buddhist monk, with much of that time engaged in solitary meditation retreat and study in the United States, India, and Nepal.

Be sure to check out Scott’s reflections “Shedding Skins: Reflections on Monastic Life and Beyond” on our blog.


Sorry, registration has closed

Note: Early registration is highly recommended. Our Nalanda Institute community receives a 10% discount for registering online for the in-person option. Use the code nalanda2019 during checkout.

For those who cannot attend in person, we offer live streaming.

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