The Nalanda Study Group


A Fearless Heart

The Nalanda Study group is starting a new book: A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives.  The author, Thubten Jinpa PhD, is the principle translator for H.H. The Dalai Lama as well as a an adjunct professor of Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy at McGill University and chairman of the Mind and Life Institute.

In the book, he presents his view that compassion is an inherent quality in humans, as opposed to the view many hold that we are essentially wired to be self-serving.  He backs this up with recent scientific findings.  He makes a case that "Compassion is probably the best-kept secret to attaining happiness."  The book explains a number of practices to help further develop and refine our innate compassion.  The practices are based on the Compassion Cultivation Training Course at Stanford University, that he helped create.

Sonam Dorje, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, will be there to guide our study and help with our questions.  We meet on the first and third Saturday of the month from 1 - 3 PM at the Dharma Center.  Each study group begins with taking refuge, and a brief meditation.  That is followed by group reading and discussion.   There is also a short tea break.

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