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Harvard Divinity SchoolHDSChris Berlin
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2018  (show academic calendar)Tu   3:00 p.m. - 5:59 p.m.Divinity 211 (HDS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level

In the Buddhist view, compassion involves a response to suffering that is fully engaged while remaining free of judgment and imbued with the wisdom of unconditional caring for self and other. This ideal, however, can pose challenges to those in professional caregiving roles who strive to balance giving compassion, sustainability in the midst of suffering, and applying these to one?s own spiritual growth. In this course, we will explore the Buddhist view of compassion and will draw on traditional texts, contemplative approaches, and applied contemporary methods in counseling and clinical practice based in compassion theory to consider skillful means in compassionate care. We will also discuss the process of relational compassion (intersubjectivity) in direct clinical care, as well as its place in Buddhist ethics, and will consider contemporary research into compassion meditation, as well as notions of compassion fatigue, self-compassion, compassion aversion, and various approaches to compassion training. The seminar will consist of readings, lectures, meditation practices, counseling practice with peers, and case studies.

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