Sundays; 6-8pm | April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23
Compassion and self-compassion are the most talked about and rapidly developing topics in psychology and neuroscience today.
You can discover them for yourself in this popular eight-week course, which is open to first time meditators as well as more experienced practitioners. No prior knowledge is required.
Using the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, meditation, lectures, readings, exercises, and class discussion, students will learn to have a compassionate and resilient attitude to the challenges of everyday life.
This program was created by Stanford neuroscientists, psychologists, and contemplative scholars under the direction of Thupten Jinpa at the Stanford Medical School Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, created in part by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The class takes a secular, scientific approach to compassion and includes both an academic component and learning by doing and trying it out yourself.
Research conducted on this course shows that it increases happiness and overall positive emotions, reduces stress and anxiety, enhances feelings of connection, decreases worry, and leads to a more caring, compassionate attitude toward oneself and others.
Included in Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training are a new recorded meditation for each week in mp3 format, a weekly supplementary reading or lecture on the science of compassion by a renowned psychology or neuroscience researcher, support in starting and maintaining regular meditation practice, and access to a monthly drop-in class after the course is over.
We hope you join us in this journey of growing, connecting, and learning to be with suffering. Even over zoom, we will build community over these eight weeks.
Sundays; 6-8pm | April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23
What Former Tibet House Students Say about the Course:
“Taking the course allowed me to be more aware of my objectives, understand what really makes me feel well, and learn to better deal with suffering. More than that, the course taught me to perceive my every day experiences in a new way. I am now more objective in judging life events and less anxious and distressed in receiving them. Learning and applying the material of the course has also led to more rewarding interpersonal relationships and a deeper sense of connecting with any person I meet.“
—Andrew Zampieri, Ph.D. Student, Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
“Terrific class and teaching. I’ve studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, the Insight teachers and others – but the wayElizabeth teaches helps access the information as if by osmosis.“
—Nan Lee, Architectural Designer
“The class has been deeply transformative. The most compelling aspect of this course has been the scientific framework and explanations. After compassion training, I find that I’m more engaged with the world and respond to the world and myself in a more loving way.“
—William Kerry Huang, Associate Director, Operations at BRIC
“I’ve learned that the same compassion that I have for others, I can turn inward on myself to great effects. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been kinder to myself. I’ve feared that this might make me less productive, but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of that. In fact, I’ve been more productive.“
—Al Pittampalli, IT Advisor and Founder of The Modern Meeting Company
“This proved to be one of the most transformative classes I have ever taken. Overall, I feel more harmonious with myself and others. The assignments we do each day have had a ripple effect on my entire experience of being. I feel much closer to my coworkers, strangers on the street, and even to those dear to me that I was taking for granted.“
—Maria Shkolnik, Lawyer at New York Legal Assistance Group
“I have become more productive and procrastinate less. I feel less anxious and more focused. Things seem so much more colorful, vivid, interesting, and enjoyable. I have felt freer to do what I want to do, in life and in the moment… Both intellectually and on an intuitive level, I’ve learned some of the benefits of being compassionate to others and to myself, such as being able to face difficulties more calmly, enjoying things more, appreciating people more, and creative a positive feeling in other people, whether I know them or not.“
—Anne Schwartz, Consultant
Elizabeth Pyjov, JD, MTS holds three Harvard degrees and has taught over 30 programs at Tibet House US in the last eight years. Her background is varied and diverse. She studied the neuroscience, philosophy, and pedagogy of compassion at Stanford Medical School with the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Elizabeth graduated from magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Romance Languages and Literatures and the Classics. She finished a joint degree at Harvard Law School (J.D.) and Harvard Divinity School (MTS, Buddhist Studies) in 2020. She has taught compassion meditation at Stanford University, Harvard Law School, Columbia University, NYU Medical School, Deutsche Bank, Novartis, Warby Parker, the Rubin Museum, Horace Mann, and the Harvard Club of New York. In the past, Elizabeth has worked for the Global Justice Center, the NY Attorney General’s Office, and Click Therapeutics in New York City; for Italian television at RAI International in Rome; the United Nations in Geneva; and at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) in Palo Alto, CA. She has worked or studied in Argentina, Italy, France, Peru, Switzerland, Russia, and Spain. Her international experience has led her to understand that among those of different traditions, customs, and religions, people find happiness in many of the same ways. They want to be healthy, do meaningful work, and be close to loved ones—and what brings joy is kindness, a caring attitude, and compassion. She is delighted to be teaching compassion in New York City and over Zoom. Please reach out to her anytime at [email protected].