Sustainable Compassion Training Workshop

October 16, 2016

The workshop takes place at Emmanuel College, Room 119, 75 Queen's Park Cres. at the Museum Subway and goes from 9:00-5:00 with Registration and Refreshments opening at 8:15 a.m. followed by Welcome Remarks at 8:45 a.m.

Registration is now closed.

With Dr. John Makransky, Boston College and Courage of Care Coalition


In this retreat, Dr. Makransky will introduce Sustainable Training (SCT). SCT is a set of contemplative practices designed to help people realize a power of unconditional care from within that is healing and sustaining, that makes them more fully present to themselves and others, and that empowers a strong, active compassion for persons that is not subject to empathy fatigue and burnout. SCT supports people in all kinds of caring roles and professions, by helping them develop an increasing power of care, calm, discernment, compassion and emotional resilience. SCT highlights our need to experience ourselves as objects of care and compassion in order to extend care and compassion widely to others, our need to be seen in our unconditional worth in order to see the same in others, and our need to become present to our own feelings with kindness in order to become reliably present to others with kindness. Although SCT draws from Buddhism, it has been adapted into a thoroughly secular form informed by current developments in psychology and neuroscience. SCT has been taught to thousands of people in secular workshops in the past decade, and has been found accessible and beneficial by teachers, healthcare  professionals, social workers, psychotherapists, counselors, and those who work in hospices, with addicts and with at-risk youth. The retreat will consist of progressive guided meditations, explanations of their functions, and discussions with retreatants about their retreat experience and questions.

Brief Biography

John Makransky is an Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor and lecturer in Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal, co-founder of Courage of Care and the Foundation for Active Compassion (two socially engaged contemplative organizations), developer of the Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT) model, and author of the popular meditation manual Awakening through Love. Dr. Makransky’s academic writings have focused on connections between doctrine and practice in Asian Buddhism, on adapting Buddhist contemplative practices to meet contemporary needs, and on theoretical issues in interfaith learning. For the past fifteen years, he has taught ways to cultivate sustainable care and compassion, adapted from Buddhism in newly accessible ways, to teachers, healthcare professionals, social workers, psychotherapists, and those who work with prisoners, the hungry, and the dying. He has offered contemplative workshops at Kathmandu University, Harvard Divinity and Medical Schools, Brown University, Emory University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Virginia, Boston College, Catholic Charities, Mind and Life Institute, and many other institutions. He has Applying Mindfulness and Buddhism in Providing Care College of Naturopaths Category A Continuing Education Credit Application published several books and many articles on Buddhist practices, their adaptation to secular contexts, and contemplative resources for service, social change, and interreligious learning.

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