Cultivating Sustainable Care and Compassion: Translating Tibetan Principles into Secular Forms of Contemplation
Professor Makransky has been translating Tibetan Buddhist principles for cultivating stable care and compassion into secular forms for people who work in diverse caring professions, such as healthcare, education, social work. In this presentation, Professor Makransky will highlight a core pattern at the heart of Tibetan Buddhist practice that has analogues in other spiritual traditions. This pattern includes three modes of practice that are experienced as mutually empowering in repeated contemplative practice: 1) experiencing oneself as deeply seen and loved, 2) deeply seeing and loving others, and 3) cultivating the qualities of openness, kindness and discernment that are embodied in the first two modes. Professor Makransky will explain several Buddhist concepts that inform this pattern in Tibet, and why all three modes (not just the second or third) are necessary to help contemporary people overcome impediments to sustainable compassion. Buddhist principles he will discuss include: Buddha nature, pure perception, the notion of empowerment, patterns of tantric generation stage practice, and love and compassion as communal powers, not self-help techniques. He will then discuss some of ways he translates these principles into contemporary forms of cultivation for caring professionals, constructing a "secular" space in which people with diverse spiritual backgrounds can feel at home within those three modes of care.
This talk is co-sponsored by the Compassionate Care Initiative.
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