Dondrubling Public Programs — Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training

Fall CCT 2016 flyer

CCT is an 8-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The training includes: Guided daily meditation, visualization, and breathing practices to be done at home to develop loving-kindness, empathy, and compassion. A weekly 2-hour class that include lecture, discussion, meditation, and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups

Dates:  Saturday Mornings: October 29 thru December 17, 2016
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Dzogchen Community West  2748 Adeline Street, Suite D, Berkeley, CA 94703
Above the Crixia Bakery – Entrance is through Iron Gate.

Cost: $165 – $275 sliding scale. Please consider paying the most you can, knowing this allows for others to attend. A portion of all proceeds will go toward supporting the Dzogchen Community.

To register on-line and for course information:

No previous meditation experience is necessary. The training is secular in nature and appropriate for anyone wishing to bring active compassion into their lives.  Those familiar with mediation and contemplative compassion practices will find their practice refreshed

Certified Instructors: Dawa Gail Lorien and Mary Doane will bring to this course many years of collective experience. For Mary, teaching CCT joins threads of study and practice that have carried through her life for more than 20 years. Currently she is a Volunteer Caregiver Training facilitator and lead instructor of the Mindful Caregiver Education program at Zen Hospice Project. Mary has taught CCT at Stanford and Zen Hospice. Dawa began her training in Buddhist practice in 1975, completed her training as a Lama in 1985. Dawa has taught CCT at Cancer Support Community and at the Dzogchen Community as well as offering Compassion Practice at Solano State Prison and at Paleaku Peace Gardens in Kona Hawaii. Her life’s objective is a seamless integration of meditation practice and compassion into daily life—balancing a contemplative retreat life with family and work.

The Dance of the Vajra that Benefits Beings


Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 2016

Led by authorized instructor Carisa O’Kelly

The Dance of the Vajra is part of the Dzogchen Teachings transmitted by the world – renowned Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

The Vajra Dance is a meditation in movement. The simple, slow and fluid movements relax the body, clear the mind, and relieve the tensions of our daily life.

Through dancing we activate and coordinate specific energy points in our body according to an ancient knowledge of channels and chakras. In this way the Vajra Dance dissolves energy blocks, harmonizes the three main aspects of our being – body, energy and mind – and develops presence and awareness.

In the Dzogchen teaching the Vajra is a symbol of our essential nature, which is pure, clear and immutable like a diamond.

Practicing the Dance of the Vajra one can discover this real nature by being in the state of contemplation; and one can learn to maintain and stabilize this knowledge not only in sitting meditation but also being in movement. In this way it can become part of our daily life.

The Dance of the Vajra that Benefits Beings is a symbolic dance of compassion.
It is more related to our physical level.
It frees the tensions related to our conditioning by different emotions.

This course is open to all those interested, no previous dance experience
needed. Register by 9/12 to get the early registration discount.

Course Schedule both days:
10am to 12:30pm and 3  to 6pm

2748 Adeline Street, Suite D (upstairs)
Berkeley, CA


$110 with paid early registration by Monday, September 12

$120 thereafter

$30/session drop-in for those who have taken this course previously

To register, please send your check for the full amount payable to DCWC, to:

2748  Adeline Street, Suite D
Berkeley, CA 94703

Please write ATTN: Vajra Dance Course on the envelope.

For more info about the course, please email Tana Lehr at

For more info about the Vajra Dance, please visit