Compassionate Communication - an Intro to Karuna Training (Orange County)

with Carolyn Sykes

January 4th

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  • $48 Program Price
Room: ORANGE COUNTY SHAMBHALA @ 2750 Harbor Blvd, Suite B03, Costa Mesa, 92626

Price: $50, tuition assistance is available

Karuna Training

How do we communicate, is it only through words? And where does compassion fit into nonverbal communication? Is compassionate communication just about saying kind things? These questions and more will be explored during this one-day workshop. Learn to transform everyday challenges into experiences of openness and wisdom—by engaging with the practices of meditation, compassionate presence, and skillful communication.

Karuna is the Sanskrit word meaning compassion, and Karuna Training is a compassion and meditation-based program that teaches how to work with intense emotions, improve communication, and genuinely connect with others. It is a journey of personal transformation where we train in keeping our hearts open in the face of difficulty.

Karuna Training is rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana view that challenging situations and emotions are gateways to intelligence and enlightenment. Founded in Germany in 1996 it is a two-year program that is currently running in six countries in Europe and in Berkeley, Seattle,Albuquerque, and Baltimore in North America. A new Karuna Training program is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles in February 2020.

There are no prerequisites for this day class, and it is open and relevant to everyone.

Learn More and Register Here

Carolyn Sykes moved to Los Angeles in 1995 to study for her MFA in music at the California Institute of the Arts. It was while studying there that she discovered Shambhala and Buddhism. After graduating she built her music teaching and performing studio in Pasadena. Her passion for both teaching and for Buddhism has led her down a path of teaching Shambhala Art, Shambhala meditation classes and Karuna Training.

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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Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles offers a rich array of ongoing meditation programs free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →