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Building Balanced Empathy: A daylong course in Santa Cruz, California

  • Land of the Medicine Buddha 5800 Prescott Road Soquel, CA 95073 USA (map)

A course designed to explore empathy, vulnerability and emotional resilience.

In this daylong class we will examine what causes you to feel emotionally overwhelmed and conversely what leads you to emotionally disconnect from others.

We explore whether we genuinely feel and understand the experiences and emotions of other people. You will learn techniques empowering you to relate to others in a healthy, more balanced way.

“I learned I have a lot of misplaced or misguided empathy. I realize how much of a communication issue it is not necessarily an issue with feeling. I realized just how deep my need to fix everything goes, especially with role playing”

- Linda Melisano, course participant, Florida, May 2019

With our varied learning materials and fun interactive exercises, you will learn how to empathize from your heart and from your head. We explore how to genuinely feel and understand the experiences and emotions of other people, allowing for more compassion towards oneself and others.

You will be able to integrate these techniques afterwards using a series of audio meditations available from our website.

This course will help you to develop:

  • a calmer more focused mind

  • better self-understanding and therefore real empathy for others

  • identifying what pushes us out of balance allowing the space for wiser choices

  • stronger emotional resilience

  • closer, more nurturing relationships with family, friends and co-workers

  • more compassion for ourselves and others


Building Balanced Empathy is a new course drawn from The a.r.t. of Fulfilment program which is a 30-hour course created by FDCW. The programme content is rooted in Buddhist philosophy and psychology and is supported by scientific research, Western philosophy and psychology, as well as other wisdom traditions. It was developed by an international team with academic-level expertise in Buddhism, Western philosophy and psychology, contemporary science and experiential learning methodology. Its creation was inspired by the Dalai Lama’s Mind & Life Dialogues.

Meet your facilitator:

Ven Tenzin Chogkyi

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Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi first became interested in meditation and Buddhism after reading Be Here Now and early translations of Buddhist sutras in the early 1970s, and then in early 1991 she became a student of Tibetan Buddhism. From 1992 to 2000, Venerable Tenzin was director of Vajrapani Institute, co-director the FPMT International Office, and coordinator of FPMT Center Services. She also completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period.

Venerable Tenzin took novice ordination in 2004 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2006 she became a touring teacher in the FPMT, and began teaching in prisons on behalf of the Liberation Prison Project.

Venerable Tenzin is authorized by the FPMT to teach at both the foundational and in-depth levels, and is also a teacher of Cultivating Emotional Balance (a secular program developed by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman). She is a certified teacher with Compassion Cultivation Training, a program developed by Geshe Thubten Jinpa and colleagues at Stanford University. Venerable Tenzin joined the faculty at Land of Medicine Buddha in August 2018.

COST: $54 - $108, (lunch included)

HOW TO BOOK: Please visit to reserve your place.