Celebrating the Indian NVC Convention, 12-18 Jan 2014

By · Sunday, January 26th, 2014 · No Comments »

Let’s celebrate the excitement and inspiration of the Indian NVC Convention, 2014! It was held at the Mariarani Centre, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala. There were eight international NVC trainers and 200 participants!

Let’s celebrate deep learning and deep healing together!

Let’s celebrate community and discussions about how to make this community sustainable in India.

Let’s celebrate:

Deep thanks to the trainers: Marion Guerin, Sabine Geiger, Chris Rajendram, Shantigarbha, Stefan Gebert, Emma Collins, Simran Wester, Kirsten Kristensen.

And deep thanks to the Prep Team, which included Emma Collins, Hemma Wuthrich-Haunschmidts, Shammi Nanda, Sudha Shankar, Stefan Gebert, Ranjitha Jeurkar and Amy Diener.

Love and life, Shantigarbha

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The Empathic Buddha: Video of talk at Buddhafield Festival 2013

By · Monday, August 19th, 2013 · No Comments »

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Here’s a talk at wonderfully sunny Buddhafield Festival 2013 on ‘The Empathic Buddha’.
How did the Buddha embody empathy? How did he make it the basis of compassion? I recount a number of incidents from the life of the Buddha, share my understanding of empathy in a Buddhist context, and explore how empathy is the basis for both compassion and ethics. I hope you find it helpful.
Love and life, Shantigarbha

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Bodh Gaya, India: Living Compassion Retreat, Dec 28 – Jan 3

By · Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 · No Comments »
Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya

Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya

How do we bring compassion to our daily lives? This retreat will combine:

Led by Shantigarbha (internationally certified with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication and long-time member of the Triratna Buddhist Order)
Location: Three Jewels Centre, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India.
Languages: This retreat will be conducted in English and Hindi.

Dates for this retreat
Start: Saturday 28th December, 2013 with an evening meal.
End: Friday 3rd January 2014 at midday.
This retreat is immediately followed by a ‘Living Compassion’ Locals’ Retreat for 100-150 Biharis. The ‘Locals’ Retreat runs from Friday 3rd Jan. – Sunday 5th Jan. You are invited to stay on and support this Locals’ Retreat. Accommodation and food charges apply for the Locals Retreat.

Our financial principles
We want to contribute to life. To this end, we would like to:
(i) make this retreat part of the Gift (Dana) Economy. The leader/trainer, Shantigarbha, is giving his time and energy for free. If there is a surplus, it will be split between him and the Three Jewels Centre.




(ii) support the local people of Bodh Gaya. Our aim is for the Living Compassion retreat to provide funding and infrastructure for a 2-day Locals’ Retreat that immediately follows. The retreat will include meditation, Communication exercises and Buddhist ritual. Our understanding is that the local Biharis are unable to pay for retreats, so we are planning to offer this retreat to them for free.

See http://seedofpeace.org/?p=2333 for more details and how to book on this retreat.

Love and life.

Celebrating the Kochi NVC Convention

By · Monday, January 28th, 2013 · No Comments »

Dear friends,
I’d like to share my celebration of the recent Kochi NVC Convention. I loved working with the training team and sharing NVC with 120 inspired participants. Here are some of Carl Plesner’s beautiful pictures:

Shantigarbha at the Kochi NVC Convention



Full gallery here

For those of you who are in the Pune area, I’m offering an ‘Advanced’ NVC training on Feb 19-20th. Information here.

Love and life, Shantigarbha

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Tree of Compassionate Connection

By · Friday, August 31st, 2012 · No Comments »

Hi All, I’ve been working this over the summer and now I’m ready to share it with the world!

The Tree is a way of understanding the ‘Big Picture’ including the intention to connect compassionately and the specific skills of self-empathy, empathy and self-expression. Compassionate connection means connecting in ways that lead to everyone’s needs being valued and met. The image makes it clear that the intention to connect compassionately is the heart wood of this tree. It also makes clear that self-empathy is the roots of the tree. In our inner world we reach down and outwards in self-connection. In the outer world we reach up and outwards to connect with others in empathy and self-expression. There is a relationship between the roots and the branches. The extent to which we have grown the roots of self-empathy corresponds to the extent to which we can reach out to others through empathy and expression.

A story illustrates the importance of the ‘roots’ of self-connection. The Eden Project in Cornwall, UK is home to the two largest ‘biomes’ in the world. Since 2001 these giant conservatories have housed various tropical and Mediterranean trees. In recent years a number of the trees have fallen down, much to the surprise of the Eden Project’s creators. Why was this? Surely these trees were some of the most protected in the world. When they did an ‘autopsy’ on the trees, they found that they had no roots to speak of! Growing up in giant conservatories, the trees never felt the wind, so they didn’t develop roots. No wind, no roots! It turns out that some wind is necessary for the stability of the organism. Without it, a tree won’t feel its roots challenged, and put effort into developing deeper and wider roots. Too much wind at any time may still blow the tree over or distort its growing shape. However if there’s no wind, there will be no roots!

For printable versions, go to Resources.

Love and life, Shantigarbha

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