Meditation and Conversation Group

In this 6 session program spread over 3 months, you will get the chance to explore the selected reading, reflect on its relevance to your lived experience and to commence and consolidate a regular meditation practice.

The book of choice for this upcoming conversation group is Dgizar Kontrul's book Training in Tenderness. In this book Dgizar shows us how to transform our attitude towards ourselves and those around us through the practice of tenderness. This is the guide to the building blocks of compassion and the purest and deepest form of happiness.

Some reviews:

"Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche is one of the most highly qualified people I know. . . . I am hopeful that Rinpoche’s new book will help many of us get to know and make the best of our own warmth of heart. May Training in Tenderness help to heal the anxiety and polarization of our world!" —Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart

"A warm and affectionate heart frees us from whatever binds us and connects us empathetically with all beings. This simple yet life-changing attitude makes our own life meaningful and has the power to heal the world. I strongly encourage anyone who encounters Kongtrul Rinpoche’s beautiful book to take its profound wisdom to heart." —Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, author of The Joy of Living

"Kongtrul Rinpoche delivers a series of profound explorations and expositions on one of the most important aspects of our spiritual practice—uncovering the tender warmth and affection in our hearts. This tenderness is the root source of all that is truly beneficial in the world. Rinpoche leads us through a foundational training for compassionate vision and our own liberation, with joyful diligence and an open heart." —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love

"Let this gem of a book be your faithful guide and companion in opening your heart to others. It unlocks the door to that most precious human quality of all: unconditional tenderness for all beings." —Matthieu Ricard, author of Altruism and Happiness

"Deep, inspiring, and disarmingly simple, this book demonstrates our innate capacity for tenderness. A warm heart is the source of compassion, loving-kindness, and equanimity, even in the face of death. Thanks to the clear mind and kind heart of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, we now have a guide to cultivating this most precious quality and letting it shine out to the world." —Jan Chozen Bays, author of Mindful Eating

"It is possible to cultivate true happiness in all aspects of our daily lives and to change our reality—and that of the people around us—in the process. It’s all about arousing the warmth of heart that is our birthright as humans. Dzigar Kongtrul’s potent instruction manual shows you how." —Lodro Rinzler, author of Love Hurts

"With clarity, brevity, and grace, Kongtrul ably conveys his hopeful vision that all individuals can ‘live a life full of joy, meaning, and profound value to the world.’" —Publisher’s Weekly starred review

Further information about this group

Dates & Time: Wednesday May 29, June 12 & 26,July 10 & 24, August 7 6.30pm-8.00pm

Venue : Wellness is Within - 2/18 Lake Street Varsity Lakes

Fee: $150 for the 6 session program. This includes a copy of the book and a workbook to support you over the three months

Format of the session: Each session will commence with a 10 minute meditation session that will then lead us into a discussion about the chapter/chapters for that session. Each session will also complete with a 10 minute meditation session as well. It is expected that each participant will have read the chapter/s for that session and be open to exploring what that might mean for you. 

Session 1 - May 29 Like Oxygen ( Chapter 1)

Session 2 - June 12 The Tender Heart is a Seed & The Tender Heart is Water ( Chapters 2 & 3)

Session 3 - June 26 Removing Impediments to Tsewa: The Mind in Crisis ( Chapter 4 )

Session 4 - July 10 Opening The Injured Heart & Clinging to the Self- The Root of All Impediments (Chapters 5 & 6)

Session 5 - July 24 The Fruit of Tenderness & Tsewa and Relationships ( Chapters 7 & 8)

Session 6 - August 7 Meeting Death With an Open Heart & The World and the Future (Chapters 9 &10)

If you've been looking for a group like this where you can come and explore ways of having a more fulfilling life and establishing a meditation practice then this could be the group for you. Please email me if you have any additional questions about this group.

Numbers are limited to 8 for this group. If you would like to book your spot, then please BOOK HERE


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