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Compassion Based Living Course

Description: Programme dates: 3rd May – 14th June

Days & times:

Seven 2-hour sessions, every Wednesday (6:45pm-8:45pm) beginning 3rd May
One 4-hour session on Sunday 4th June (2pm-6pm) (Week 5).

Programme duration: 7 weeks/18 hours

Location: The Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AB

Programme fee: £180 for new students; £140 for continuing students and Academy members
(includes all course materials, welcome pack, online support and Academy Membership)
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The Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC), delivered over seven evening sessions and one longer practice session on a Sunday afternoon, draws on insights and practices from neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and Mahayana Buddhism, and is a great next step after an 8-week mindfulness course. Developed by the Mindfulness Association, this secular course starts with building self-compassion into basic mindfulness practice. Through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion, we cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource, from which we can approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We then approach the self-critic: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. What it would be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self-criticism?

In the course of the journey we move from self-compassion towards compassion for others, exploring practices which help us find balance and perspective beyond our narrow preferences, generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, responding appropriately to pain and suffering while also appreciating the good things in our lives, integrating compassion into all that we do. As there is a strong emphasis on the experiential nature of the course, there are home practice suggestions between the sessions that include regular compassion practice and daily life exercises. The longer session on the Sunday gives the opportunity to dive deeper into the practice in a supportive retreat-like setting.
Location: Library
Further Information: Teacher/Event Details
Date: Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Time: 18:45-20:45 BST
Duration: 2 hours