Introduction to Contemplative Psychology

with Acharya Melissa Moore

February 1st—February 2nd (2014)

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  • $150.00 Program Price
Room: Main Shrine Room

Skillful communication and compassionate exchange as an expression of our intrinsic sanity.

We are offering an introductory class, in San Francisco, for people who would like to experience the fundamentals of Karuna Training and the foundations of Contemplative Psychology. This stand-alone class has no prerequisites. If you wish to continue studying and practicing, you can choose to sign-up for the two year course that will begin in the Fall of 2014. 

Karuna Training is an extended training program in Contemplative Psychology that teaches us how to heal ourselves and work skillfully with others through the innate potency of the heart. The program joins deep study of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist principles with contemplative practice, skills development, and ongoing group interaction and community support. It is a journey of discovering one’s own brilliant sanity and of learning how to exchange ourselves for others so that we can transform everyday life challenges into opportunities for openness and wisdom.

The experiences and methods conveyed in the two-year training include

  • Specialized forms of meditation, practices aimed at developing awareness; perception and cognitive methods 
  • Experiential process-oriented methods. 
  • The training is supervised by experienced therapists. 
  • Group and partner work. 
  • Between course sessions participants meet for exchange and discussion in contemplative body-speech-mind groups.



Who is this program for?
Karuna Training is designed for people who work professionally with others, as well as for those who are interested in personal development using a contemplative model. It is well suited for medical professionals, therapists, teachers, artists, business managers and parents. It is scheduled primarily over weekends with some longer intensives and periodic weeknight meetings.

Contemplative Psychology originated at Naropa University in 1974, under the direction of Dr. Edward Podvoll and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In 1996, Melissa Moore and Paul Cashman took Contemplative Psychology to Europe, and with the help of several German psychologists and the Shambhala Community, founded the Karuna Training. Today Karuna Training is offered in Germany, Netherlands, France, Poland, Austria and Spain.

Acharya Melissa Moore 
Melissa Moore, PhD., has been a student of Shambhala since 1979. She has an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University, attended the 1985 seminary, has been teaching internationally since 1990, and was empowered as a Shastri in 2010. She co-founded, and continues to teach and develop, The Karuna Training, a 3-year professional certificate training in Contemplative Psychology and a division of Shambhala Europe.

Melissa is a Senior Executive of Family Service Agency of San Francisco and since 2005 has been the founding Director of The Felton Institute dedicated to research and training in community mental health services for marginalized populations suffering from mental illness. Melissa has a PhD in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies and a Post Doctoral degree from University of California San Francisco in Community Based Research and Psychiatric Treatment. She has extensive experience as a clinician and manager of several clinics developed for the treatment of eating disorders, dissociative disorders and trauma related illnesses.

For more information and for scholarship or work-study arrangements, please contact Sandra Ladley: sandraladley [at] yahoo [dot] com, or (510) 229 0243.

The cost for the program is $150 plus a ticket processing fee. 


Please note that this program is presented by Karuna Training, so San Francisco Shambhala membership discounts do not apply. 





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