Cultivating Compassion

Buddhist and Christian approaches in dialogue

with Frank Rogers, James Doty, Mary Dean Pfahler, Aizaiah Yong, Cynda Rushton and Lobsang Tenzin Negi

Join us to explore the meaning, cultivation and practical application of compassion from both Buddhist and Christian perspectives. In this thought-provoking event our esteemed speakers will delve into the core principles underlying compassion, examining how it manifests in daily life and its transformative power in fostering understanding, empathy, and kindness for a happier and more unified world.

Frank Rogers

James Doty

Mary Dean Pfahler

Aizaiah Yong

Cynda Rushton

Lobsang Tenzin Negi


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This session will be streamed live on YouTube and other platforms (duration approx. 90 minutes).

Our speakers:

Frank Rogers is the Muriel Bernice Roberts Professor of Spiritual Formation and Narrative Pedagogy and the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at the Claremont School of Theology. Also a spiritual director and retreat leader, he is the author of Cradled in the Arms of Compassion: A Spiritual Journey from Trauma to Recovery; Practicing Compassion; and Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus.

James Doty is Director and Founder of The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University.

Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD is the Executive Director of the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics and Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Religion at Emory University. Developer of CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training), Dr. Negi is a long-term contemplative investigator whose research has focused on the relationship between mental / emotional states and physical / social well-being. A former Buddhist monk, Dr. Negi has spearheaded multiple innovative programs including the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, which teaches modern science to Tibetan monastics, and SEE Learning® (Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning), a K-12 educational framework and curriculum. Dr. Negi received his Geshe Lharampa degree in Tibetan Buddhism in 1994 and a PhD at Emory University in 1999. He is the founder and Spiritual Director of Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta, United States.

Mary Dean Pfahler is a Catholic nun and lead teacher for Boundless Compassion–a compassion cultivation program rooted in Christian spiritual traditions. She belongs to the Sisters of Notre Dame, a global Catholic congregation of women religious.  A former educator and pastoral minister in Northwest Ohio and Papua New Guinea, Mary now accompanies individuals and groups in spiritual direction, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and Boundless Compassion retreats, helping seekers savor the experience of Gracious Mystery in their lives. 

Cynda Rushton is Professor of Clinical Ethics at Johns Hopkins University and teacher of the GRACE model of compassion cultivation from the Upaya Zen Center

Aizaiah G. Yong (he/him) is an ordained Pentecostal Christian minister, award-winning author, public theologian, professor, and psychospiritual practitioner who has served in religious and higher education leadership for over 15 years devoting his energy to change work in solidarity with QTBIPOC communities. He currently serves as Co-Director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at the Claremont School of Theology and is co-founder and CEO of Spirited Renewal. Aizaiah is also the author of Multiracial Cosmotheandrism + The Pulse of Life. He can be found engaging and embracing intercultural and interreligious communities, facilitating spiritual retreats, and or working collaboratively with others at the intersections of spiritual, cultural, and relational transformation.

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