Beyond Mindfulness IV: The True Nature of Generosity and the Power of Compassion

With Tempa Dukte Lama, Dr. Stan Perelman and Dr. Jon Spiegel
Friday April 5, 7-8:30pm and Saturday April 6, 9:30am-5:30pm.

Venue: Chatham University Sanger Hall, Coolidge Building, first floor. We recommend parking in the Library parking lot that is accessed from Murray Hill Avenue. Campus Map

About the Course:

For thousands of years, the Tibetan spiritual traditions have cultivated meditative practices to strengthen the qualities of compassion and generosity. This Workshop will explore ways in which we can support clinical work through practices based in these qualities. In the Tibetan Bon tradition, generosity is the first of the six awakened qualities cultivated on the path of compassion. These awakened qualities, known in the Bon tradition as the Six Perfections, are the practices of generosity, wholesome action, patience, effort, mindfulness, and wisdom. Generosity is the key to openness of heart and mind.

The Workshop faculty will teach meditative practices that aid in the development of compassion and generosity. Participants will explore ways in which practices based in these qualities can support clinical work.

This Workshop is the fourth in the “Beyond Mindfulness” series which introduces participants to the psychological importance of the ancient Tibetan Bon tradition, the oldest of Tibet’s five spiritual schools. Bon has developed a psychologically sophisticated system of practices to understand and transform ‘afflicted states of mind’ such as ignorance, greed, anger and jealousy.

Beyond Mindfulness is a series of annual workshops that explore different applications of the Bon teachings to clinical work and psychological transformation. In this particular Workshop, the focus is on how we can use the unified essence of generosity and compassion as a skillful means to help others and oneself. To attend, it is not necessary to have attended any of the previous workshops in this series.

Continuing Education Credits:

8 Continuing Education Credits provided by the C.G. Jung Institute of Pittsburgh. The C.G. Jung Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education (CE) credits for psychologists, social workers and licensed professional counselors.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to integrate the following skills into their professional practice:
• Describe the applicability of Bon psychological concepts and practices in the context of clinical work.
• Describe and perform meditative practices that aid in the development of compassion and generosity and support psychological well-being.
• Describe ways in which practices based in the qualities of compassion and generosity can support clinical work
• Describe the six qualities known in the Bon psychological system as “Six Perfections”.

About the Instructors:

Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama. He is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center, a Tibetan Bon Center affiliated with Menri Monastery, and the founder of Olmo Ling Publications. He is an artist, poet, and the author of “The Intimate Mind” and “Inexhaustible Miracles”. Tempa Lama trained in Menri Monastery, India, from the age of six under the close guidance of H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin, the world-wide spiritual leader of Bon. He has lived in the US since 2000 and teaches regular retreats and workshops on contemplative healing practice and other Bon practices, being with dying, the stages of meditation, and living a spiritual path informed by compassion.

Stanley Perelman, Ph.D. is a psychologist and Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Pittsburgh. He also consults with the Chatham University Counseling Center. He is a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York and an affiliate member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute. He has given seminars, talks and papers on a variety of subjects including personality disorders, aspects of Jungian psychology, dreams, Buddhism and the nature of spirituality. He has a long time meditation practice and has been a student of Bon Buddhism for nearly twenty years.

Jon Spiegel, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice since 1976 and the Clinical Director of Spiegel/ Freedman Psychological Associates. Dr. Spiegel has been teaching and supervising psychotherapists for the past 30 years. Since early adulthood he has been a dedicated student of religion and culture. His post-doctoral work was in mythology and comparative religion. Dr. Spiegel has studied in Asia with Jain, Sikh, Hindu, Taoist, and Buddhist teachers since 1967. In the United States he studied with the late mythologist Joseph Campbell for five years. Since 1986 he has studied with Reb. Zalman Schacter-Shalomi. He is the co-founder of the Program in Spirituality and Psychology at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Dr. Spiegel is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Cost through March 20th:
With CE Credits $120.00
No Credits $95.00

Cost from March 21st:
With CE Credits $140.00
No Credits $115.00

For CE Credits: During the registration process, please select the appropriate type of CE credits in the dropdown box next to “Select fee”.

*Chatham graduate students in counseling and psychology attend free of charge. Chatham Faculty attend free of charge unless requesting CE credits, in which case the full fee is applicable.
Online registration will not work for Chatham faculty and students who are attending free of charge. To register please send an email to Trish including your name, email address, phone number, Chatham Department and whether you are a student or faculty member.
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