The Courage to be Compassionate

Broadcast on July 08, 2015

Thupten Jinpa will be speaking about having the courage to be compassionate - how it's key to personal happiness, cultivation of a peaceful community, as well as for living a life of greater purpose and feelings of connection with ourselves, those who are important in our lives, as well as with the larger world.

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Author and Translator; Chairman, Mind and Life Institute; Founder and President, Institute of Tibetan Classics; Principal Translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama
Thupten Jinpa Ph.D., is former Tibetan monk with the Geshe Lharam (equiv to a doctorate in divinity) degree. In addition, Jinpa holds a B.A. in philosophy and a Ph.D. in religious studies, both from Cambridge University. He taught at Ganden monastery and worked as a research fellow in Eastern religions at Girton College, Cambridge University. Jinpa has been the principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama since 1985 and has translated and edited numerous books by the Dalai Lama, including the New York Times Bestsellers Ethics for the New Millennium and The Art of Happiness, as well as Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World. His own publications include Essential Mind Training and translations of major Tibetan works featured in THE LIBRARY OF TIBETAN CLASSICS series. He is the main author of CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training), an eight-week formal program developed at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Stanford University. His most recent book is A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives. Jinpa is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal; the founder and president of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, Montreal, and Chairman of the Mind and Life Institute. Jinpa lives in Montreal and is married with two daughters.