Discovering our Innate Intrinsic Health: An Intro to Contemplative Psycholology

October 26th—October 27th

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    Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041

    Karuna Training

    This is an introductory weekend for people who would like to learn about and experience the fundamentals of Karuna Training and the foundations of Contemplative Psychology. Karuna Training is a two year training program in Contemplative Psychology that teaches us how to work with others skillfully through compassionate exchange. The program joins deep study of Tibetan Buddhist principles with contemplative meditation and compassion practices, skills development, and ongoing group interaction and community support. It is a journey of discovering one's own brilliant sanity and of learning how to exchange ourselves for others so that we can transform everyday life challenges into opportunities for openness and wisdom.

    This stand-alone class has no prerequisites, and it is open to everyone. The weekend is designed to introduce the basics of Karuna Training. Karuna Training is a 2-year certificate of study that involves moving through experiential material in a cohort of about 25 - 30 others.

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    Who is this program for?

    This is an introductory weekend and one does not need to be either a therapist or Buddhist for the work to be beneficial. Contemplative Psychology offers a transformative practice that uses a contemplative approach to help those who are in relationship with others. It is also well suited for those who currently work professionally with others, as well as for those who are interested in personal development. Karuna Training is scheduled primarily over weekends, with three week-long intensives, and ongoing group meetings.

    Price: $150, tuition assistance is available

    Learn More and Register HERE

    Melissa Moore

    Melissa Moore, PhD, is a co-founder of Karuna Training and is currently the Executive Director of Karuna Training North America. Melissa’s background is in community-based mental health, research, training care providers, and women’s issues. She has a Ph.D. in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies and a Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Melissa has taught Buddhism and Contemplative Psychology worldwide for over 25 years.

    Learn More and Register HERE

    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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