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Can Compassion be Trained?

Samye Institute is delighted to announce that David Shlim will offer a live event focusing on training in compassion titled Can Compassion be Trained? on September 11, 2021 at 8AM MDT (Check your local time here). Dr. Shlim is a senior student of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, and Phakchok Rinpoche. As an experienced travel medicine doctor, David has devoted his life to demonstrating how Buddhist teachings on the nature of compassion can improve medical care.

His methods for developing into more loving, compassionate beings resonate with anyone regardless of their background or previous training. Seasoned Buddhist practitioners will also find that these teachings can reinvigorate their practice and allow for deeper understanding, making new connections between their overall practice and compassion.

David teaches the new Samye Institute course, Training in Compassion. The course contains seven units, each containing a lecture from David and carefully selected videos of Phakchok Rinpoche’s teachings in the Medicine and Compassion Project. David also offers clear and simple meditation instructions suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners.

Register for David’s talk here.

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.