September 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Toivo Center
399 Franklin Ave
Hartford, CT 06114
Suggested $5 donation per session
(860) 296-2338

Join Chris Grosso, Spiritual Director of Toivo, as he explores the Buddhist Lojong Trainings of the Mind in this eight part, bi-weekly course (beginning September 12th) based on Norman Fischer’s book, Training In Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong.

Lojong is the Tibetan Buddhist practice that involves working with short phrases (called “slogans”) as a way of generating bodhichitta, the heart and mind of enlightened compassion. Though the practice is more than a millennium old, it has become popular in the West only in the last twenty years or so.  It has become very popular because it’s a practice that one can fit very well into an ordinary life, and because it works.

Through the influence of Pema Chödrön, who was one of the first American Buddhist teachers to teach it extensively, the practice has moved out of its Buddhist context to affect the lives of non-Buddhists too.

In his book, Norman Fischer shows lojong to be a wonderful method for everyone, including those who aren’t otherwise interested in Buddhism, who don’t have the time or inclination to meditate, or who’d just like to morph into the kind of person who’s focused rather than scattered, generous rather than stingy, and kind rather than thoughtless.

This will be an 8-week training series, additional dates listed below!

  • September 12: Introduction/Resolve to Begin
  • September 26: Training in Empathy and Compassion, Part 1: Absolute Compassion
  • October 10: Training in Empathy and Compassion, Part 2: Relative Compassion
  • October 24: Transform Bad Circumstances into the Path
  • November 7: Make Practice Your Whole Life
  • November 21: Access and Extend
  • December 5: The Discipline of Relationship
  • December 19: Living with Ease in a Crazy World

Instructor Biography

Chris Grosso is Toivo’s Spiritual Director, a recovering addict, a public speaker, and the bestselling author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality and Everything Mind. His books have earned praise from Ram Dass, Tony Hawk, Bernie Siegel, and Lissa Rankin.

Suggested $5 donation per session.


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