Karuna Training‎: Powerful Practices for Challenging Times with Yeshe Clarke

January 12th—January 13th

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  • $150.00 Regular
Room: Main Shrine Room

If we stop and feel deeply into ourselves, we know how the current state of the world is directly affecting all of us in an embodied way. We all react and respond in different, changing and often painful ways to these challenging times. Now is a particularly potent time to recognize the wisdom that is already present in each of us and in all situations.

Karuna is the Sanskrit word meaning compassion, and Karuna Training is a compassion and meditation-based program that teaches how to work with intense emotions, improve communication, and genuinely connect with others. It is a journey of personal transformation where we train in keeping our hearts open in the face of difficulty.

Karuna Training is rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana view that challenging situations and emotions are gateways to intelligence and enlightenment. Founded in Germany in 1996 it is a two-year program that is currently running in six countries in Europe and in Berkeley, Seattle and Albuquerque in North America. A new Karuna Training program is scheduled to begin in Baltimore in Spring 2019.

There are no prerequisites for this course, and it is open and relevant to everyone. The weekend will include meditation, teachings, experiential exercises, group processes and individual meetings that provide take-aways in Karuna-based skills. This class also offers an experiential taste of the full Karuna Training program.

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Yeshe Clarke, MSW, LCSW-C, is a cofounder of the Windhorse Institute. She is a senior Buddhist and meditation teacher, and teaches Karuna Training, a non-professional course in Buddhist Psychology. She founded and leads a mindful parenting program exploring parenting as a path of practice. Yeshe has completed many advanced group retreats and solitary retreats. She became an authorized meditation instructor in 1996 and was authorized as a teacher in 2011. 

Yeshe completed a three year cycle of Karuna Training in 2004 through the Upaya Institute, holds a Master's in Social Work from New York University, and is a licensed clinical social worker.  Having been certified in Thanatology, she has shown expertise in working with the dying and bereaved. She also has developed retreats and workshops for bereaved and presented at the Association for Death Education and Counseling's annual conference. Her psychotherapy practice primarily utilizes Buddhist psychology as well as Attachment and Family Systems and Client Centered Psychotherapy. She draws on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Non-Violent Communication. In addition to her private practice, Yeshe has worked with holocaust victims at the Nazi Victim Program in NYC, families and children in crisis in Baltimore City, and dying and bereaved in hospice.   

Yeshe is dedicated to creating an environment where people feel safe to genuinely open and authentically connect with themselves, each other, and community.