TONGLEN: DEVELOPING COMPASSION DURING DIFFICULT TIMES (via Zoom)

Jan 23, 2021

09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Franciscan Spirituality Center (virtual event), 920 Market Street
La Crosse, 54601

Event Website

(608) 791-5295

During times of uncertainty, we as humans tend to contract in order to protect ourselves from pain and suffering. Paradoxically, this adds to our sense of disconnection and pain. Tonglen, which translates from Tibetan as “giving and receiving,” is a meditation practice of breathing in suffering and breathing out loving-kindness. This shifts our natural tendency of self-preservation and invites us to live openly and compassionately, even during the most difficult of times.

Pema Chödrön, a well-known Buddhist teacher and author, writes about Tonglen extensively. She has stated that Tonglen practices offers us “the opportunity to work with compassion, kindness, gentleness and generosity,” especially in a time of suffering and confusion. This morning retreat, offered through videoconferencing, will introduce you to the foundations of the practice and provide guided meditation periods, discussion, time for questions and extensive resources to prepare you to practice this ancient tradition with understanding and confidence.

Sharon Lukert has been a chaplain for 20 years and recently retired from Gundersen Health System. She has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist studying under Pema Chödrön for more than 25 years. Sharon is a meditation instructor and facilitator for workshops, retreats and study groups focused on Buddhism, meditation, death and dying education, and bereavement support.