Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness

Mindfulness Book Club: A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives
with Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200


January 2 (Monday)
at 6:00 pm (GMT-06:00)

Class length
90 minutes

Online via Zoom

Join Tracy Ochester, PsyD for a community exploration of A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives by Thupten Jinpa, PhD. Tracy is a graduate of Dr. Jinpa's revolutionary Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) course developed at Stanford that the book is based upon. This practical book reads like a manual for cultivating compassion, for self and other with correlated research, supportive exercises and real-life examples. Covering about 50 pages per week for five weeks, participants will be guided through some of the practices, review key lessons, engage in facilitated discussion, and receive between session practice suggestions at each meeting.

Dr. Jinpa is a highly acclaimed thought leader and English translator of the Dalai Lama . He shows us how compassion works as a powerful inner resource that can yield surprising and compelling benefits—not just for others, but for ourselves. Pulling from the latest Western research as well as traditional Buddhist psychology, Jinpa offers simple daily practices that will help readers train their compassion muscle for a greater meaning, connection, and fulfillment.

  • When: 5 Monday evenings from 6-7:30 pm US Central Time Jan 2 -  30, 2023
  • Where: Online via Zoom (Your Zoom link will arrive with your registration confirmation email)
  • Cost: $100 (MAM members use discount code MEMBERS20 at checkout for 20% off - membership is as low as $15 per month. In accordance with our value of generosity, those with extreme financial need are welcome to use our "Pay What You Can" pass which you should purchase first before registering)

No refunds are given after the start of the course. No makeup meetings are offered for missed classes. In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee.

  • Best Kept Secret of Happiness, Key to Self-Acceptance, The Courage of Compassion (Pages 3-53)
  • Breaking Through Resistance, Turning Intention Into Motivation, Focusing the Mind (pages 54-103)
  • How Focused Awareness Keeps Us on Track, Getting Unstuck, Caring for Ourselves (pages 104-152)
  • Expanding Our Circle of Concern, Increasing Well-Being, Compassion in Everyday Life, Personal Transformation (pages 153-203)
  • Making Compassion Our Basic Stance, Co-Creating a More Compassionate World (204 - 234)

"Jinpa shows why compassion is not a given within some yet not possible for others, but rather is a quality of the heart that we all can cultivate and expand. If we do that, our lives transform, our families and relationships transform, and our world transforms." —Sharon Salzberg, author of Loving Kindness and Real Happiness

"Part autobiography, part a training manual for a wholesome life and part a beautiful tapestry woven between ancient Buddhist thought and modern science, this book has something for everyone.  At its fundamental core, it makes the case for why compassion is so essential for the modern world and offers detailed helpful advice on how it can be cultivated." —Richard J. Davidson, co-author, The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Founder, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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