Program Details

Buddhist Studies: What Is Compassion? - The Practice of Lojong

with Robert Chender & Barbara Stewart
November 6 / 7:00 PM - December 18 / 9:00 PM

6 Wednesdays, 7 - 9 pm
Nov, 6, 13, 20; Dec 4, 11, 18 (no class November 27)
$150 + source materials
$120 members

We live in complex relationships with other sentient beings. Often these relationships affect us emotionally. Lojong (literally, "mind training") practice is a way to transform deep-seated patterns and bring compassion, clarity and peace into those relationships.

This practice-oriented course explores the mahayana slogans of Atisha, a 10th-century Indian Buddhist master, whose teachings left a deep imprint on all Tibetan lineages. We will emphasize the contemplative practice of exchanging self for other—tonglen—in conjunction with the application of the slogans in day-to-day situations. The slogans show us the way to change obstacles in daily life into aids on the path of actualizing our full potential

This course is intended for those who have completed Wisdom in Everyday Life (the Year I Way of Shambhala program), or those with approval of the instructor. Please email the Shambhala Meditation Center ( if you are interested in taking this course and have not completed the Year I program.

Robert Chender became a student of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche while in college. He majored in East Asian Studies at Vassar and also attended Harvard, where he wrote his senior thesis on the history of Buddhism in China; he also has a degree from the NYU School of Law. He has been a meditation instructor, teacher, and Shambhala Training director for more than twenty-five years. He has served on the Shambhala Center Board of Directors since its inception, and was chairman of the Board from 2000 until 2005. He and his wife Amy have two sons in college and live in Westchester County. Robert is a lawyer.

Barbara Stewart, a writer living in Manhattan, became a student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1976. She has also done intensive study with Dzongsar Khyentse, Rinpoche and with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso. She has been teaching Buddhist Studies at the New York Shambhala Center for more than a decade.

Generosity Policy: Our generosity policy supports Members who are undergoing financial hardship. Please contemplate how much you can truly offer and give more, less, or the suggested amount based on your individual circumstances. The tuition amount reflects our costs to offer the program. To take advantage of our generosity policy you must contact us in advance at: (212) 675-6544.

We do not accept pay-what-you-can at the door, so please pre-arrange. Thank you!

Online registration for this program is now closed. Please register upon arrival.

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