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Self-Replenishing Compassion

In this public talk and workshop, Associate Professor John Makransky will introduce the theory and practice of the Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT) method, helping participants explore their own experience of it and the questions it raises for them. SCT adapts a pattern of contemplative practice seen across faith traditions into a secular and inter-religious form aligned with areas of social psychology and neuroscience. SCT helps individuals cultivate a more inclusive and replenishing power of care and compassion for themselves and others that is less susceptible to bias, empathic distress, and burnout. In this method of practice, we experience ourselves both as embraced in a relational field of care and compassion, and as an extension of that field of compassion to others. 

Please register here for the public talk on Thursday, October 25 (4:30-6 p.m., Gasson 305) and the workshop for BC faculty, staff, and graduate students on Friday, October 26 (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Fulton 145). Both events are co-sponsored by Intersections.


John Makransky is Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College and Senior Academic Advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Kathmandu University, Nepal. He is the developer of the SCT model, which was incorporated into an international education initiative launched by the Mind and Life Institute in 2014 and continues under the Courage of Care Coalition.

For the past 15 years, Dr. Makransky has taught ways to cultivate more inclusive and sustainable compassion to educators, healthcare and mental health providers, social workers, hospice volunteers, clergy, and those who work with prisoners, at-risk youth, the hungry, and the dying. He has taught contemplative workshops at numerous institutions and he is former president of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies.

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