"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Cultivating a Compassionate Heart during Troubling Times
Sharda Rogell, Sakti Rose
Sunday, July 23, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code SR1D17.
OPEN-Register Here

One of the potent effects of the Buddha’s teachings is helping us build the courage needed to embrace the pain of our distress, whether caused by personal or external events. We are encouraged to not turn away or shut down, but rather to train in opening the doors of our heart to ourselves, to others and our world. In this way, the sense of separateness between "self" and "other" begins to dissolve into feeling a deep connection with all things.

Through the foundation practice of mindful awareness that supports identifying our immediate pain, stress and emotional disturbance, we can cultivate compassion practices, both meditative and experiential, to help us build inner resources rather than react in habitual patterns. Together, with the guidance of Sakti and Sharda, two long-time practitioners and heart-based dharma teachers, each participant can take steps towards healing the wounds so prevalent in our world today.

On this daylong, there will be periods of both silent and guided meditations, walking meditation in nature, experiential exercises, and small and large group discussions. All are welcome.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program when working with clients. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals- Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Incorporate inquiry practices when working with self and clients to investigate what dukkha (dissatisfaction) means in our personal life;
  • Describe to clients practical ways dukkha (dissatisfaction) leads to compassion;
  • Incorporate mindful awareness practices, with self and others, to identify immediate pain, stress, and emotional disturbances and to build inner resources to respond with compassion;
  • Describe how working compassionately with others in community can develop a feeling of deep connection and open the heart.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

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Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP10318 for 6 contact hours. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.

Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation nor movement. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full. For more information, including attendance and cancellation policies, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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