Dharma Talk: Compassion Training

with Kelly Richards
Friday, September 4, 6-8 p.m.
Via Zoom... link provided at the time of registration!
Our Dharma Talk Series continues via Zoom. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for sharing. 
What do a group of incarcerated men, university medical students, breast-cancer survivors, and adolescents in foster care have in common?  Surprisingly, they have all been practicing a secularized form of Lojong called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT).
Join Kelly Richards, a certified instructor of CBCT, for an evening of practice and discovery. Kelly will explain the theoretical foundation of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, share some of the research, and offer exercises to explore. CBCT was created by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, a professor of religion at Emory University, in response to the depression he saw among undergraduates. Confident that his early training as a monk kept him mentally strong and healthy in spite of many adverse childhood experiences, Geshe created a system of contemplative practices designed to strengthen and sustain compassion. This system is accessible to people of all or no religious background. Success with undergraduate students led to refining the practices and expanding to new populations, including K-12 students. 
Everyone is welcome.
Preregistration is recommended and appreciated. To register, kindly choose a donation amount below that works for you. If finances are tight, you are most welcome to come for free. Please email [email protected] Everyone who preregisters will receive a Zoom link. 
Suggested donation
Kelly Richards’ fascination with Buddhism began in the 1970’s. Her experience of nature drawing echoed the Zen of Seeing: paying attention to twigs, seed pods, or vistas brought deep calm. As a school teacher, Kelly offered that same peace to her students, encouraging them to learn through their senses in a classroom filled with natural objects, artifacts, and good smells. Kelly has had a daily meditation practice since 2005. She is a certified Cognitively-Based Compassion Training instructor and has taught meditation to children since 2006. Kelly helped create “SEE Learning,” a K-12 curriculum for compassion-based ethics. She and her husband retired to Vinalhaven in 2014, where she teaches mindfulness to children and adults. Kelly feels deep gratitude for the natural beauty and the close bonds of the community.
The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated.