Can We Generate a More Sustaining and Inclusive Power of Compassion for our Lives and Work? by Rangjung Yeshe Institute published on 2019-10-02T10:27:15Z The talk was entitled : "Can We Generate a More Sustaining and Inclusive Power of Compassion for our Lives and Work? Perspectives from Meditation Theory and Social Psycholog" Professor Makransky will discuss some perspectives from social, developmental, and evolutionary psychology that highlight the human need and capacity for social connection, care, empathy and compassion. He will discuss the relation of compassion to empathy, point out some problems with the usual human experience of empathy, and explain how a basic pattern for cultivating inclusive care and compassion, which is central to Tibetan Buddhism and other spiritual traditions, helps solve those problems. Finally, Dr. Makransky will lead us in a brief meditation practice that he adapted from Tibetan Buddhism. The purpose of this kind of adapted meditation is to help Western Buddhists and those in caring roles and professions establish the secure base necessary to support increasingly inclusive and unconditional care and compassion for others in their lives and work. John Makransky, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor for Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre of Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute, former president of the Society of Buddhist-Christian studies, and co-founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion and Courage of Care Coalition. For the past eleven years, in consultation with his Tibetan teachers, John has been teaching meditations of innate compassion and wisdom that he adapted from Tibetan Buddhism for Western Dharma students and for those in caring roles and professions. For this, John developed the Innate Compassion and Wisdom Training model (ICT), which is being applied to empower a more sustaining and unconditional power of care and compassion, beyond “compassion fatigue,” for teachers, healthcare providers, social workers, therapists and activists. He spoke with students at RYI on Sept. 23, 2019.