Tibetan Compassion Practices: Terror, Trauma & Transcendence

Public Programs and Performances WKS 015 1.00

While experiences of fear and some degree of trauma are part of the human condition, the meaning we give to these experiences and the way we integrate them into our lives varies widely. Likewise, when a terrifying experience lingers as trauma, a person’s response often manifests paradoxically as an unconscious yearning for transcendent experience. Tibetan Buddhist compassion practices offer natural ways of accepting and integrating negative material into a confident and responsive way of living. In this intensive experiential workshop, participants explore various practices—calming relaxation, mindful awareness, and Tantric visualization—that can help create a context for identifying and integrating painful, emotionally conflicted aspects of the psyche.

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