Powerful Practices for Challenging Times: An Intro to Karuna Training (OC)

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

September 30th—October 1st (2017)

Date details +
  • $125.00 Program Price
Room: ORANGE COUNTY SHAMBHALA @ 2750 Harbor Blvd, Suite B03, Costa Mesa, 92626

If we dare to feel deeply into ourselves, we know the current state of the world is directly affecting each of us.

Some of us are choosing to shut down, leave social media sites, and even avoid the news. That won’t help address these times (though it may prove less stressful).

In Karuna Training, we prepare people for staying open in the face of difficulty: emotional, psychological, behavioral, and ultimately social and cultural. Karuna is the Sanskrit word meaning compassion. We train people in the potency of leading their lives with an open heart. Drawn from the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist view that difficult emotions are gateways to intelligence and enlightenment, we can learn to trust in what we are feeling and to mine those energies for wisdom.

Dates and Times
This day-and-a-half introduction will take place
Saturday, September 30, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday, October 1, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Sample Schedule
Saturday Morning
Registration and Tea
Talk: History and Introduction to Contemplative Psychology
Guided Meditation instruction
Introduction to an experiential group process

Brown bag lunch with the group

Saturday Afternoon
Talk and second experiential group process
Tea Break
Discussion Circle and Closing

Sunday Afternoon
Teaching presentation and discussion
Group Process
Overview of Karuna Training
Tea and Snack
Closing Circle

This stand-alone class has no prerequisites, and all are welcome.

Price: $125, registration at https://karuna-oc-icp.eventbrite.com/ 

(Scholarships available. For more information please email Carolyn at [email protected])

Sandra Ladley

Sandra Ladley MA is a Teacher and the Program Director for Karuna Training North America. She has her MA in Contemplative Psychology from  Naropa University and studied the Creative Arts at Bard College and San Francisco State University. She is a Buddhist practitioner and Shastri; a senior meditation teacher in the Shambhala tradition. In 2013, she partnered with Melissa Moore to bring Karuna Training to the United States. Over an extensive career, Sandra has worked as a manager, counselor, and teacher in mental health, hospice, business, technology, and creative arts settings. Sandra teaches internationally, leading creative, psycho-educational, and social presencing groups.


For more information please email Carolyn at [email protected]

To learn more about Karuna Training, visit our website at www.karunatraining.com

The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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