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Awakening Love and Compassion

with Tessa Watt
December 7 / 9:30 AM - December 8 / 6:00 PM

This weekend we will explore how we can open up fully to our own experience and to our interconnection with others. We will work with the practice of the 'Four Limitless Ones' and in particular with the first two: loving-kindness and compassion. These simple and powerful techniques have been used for centuries in Buddhist traditions but are now widely practiced in mainstream settings like workplaces and schools -  and even shown by researchers to have multiple health benefits!


As we deepen this practice over the weekend, it is like massaging our heart, making it softer, more pliable. We will explore how we can tap into our own source of happiness and find compassion for our pain - and that of others. We will stay curious about what helps us to open up and what closes us. What do love and compassion feel like in the body? Do we have limits - can we wish well for ourselves, for strangers, for difficult people? Can we touch into what Buddhists call 'awake heart' - a tenderness and aliveness that radiates naturally if we let it?


This weekend is suitable for newcomers to these practices, and also for people who are familiar with them and would like to deepen their experience. There is no need to have a particular interest in Buddhism: if you are a practitioner of secular mindfulness, this 'heartfulness' is a natural next step in your journey. It would be helpful to have some experience of basic sitting meditation or mindfulness practice.



This weekend is part of 'The Way of Compassion' series of weekends. You are welcome to attend this, or any of the other weekends, as a one-off programme, or to deepen your experience by following the whole series.



About the teacher

Tessa Watt has been practising meditation with the London Shambhala Centre for over 25 years, and was appointed as a Shastri or senior teacher in 2017. Tessa has had a varied career:  she was a Research Fellow in History at Cambridge University, and then for 16 years she was a Producer with BBC Radio, making documentary features. For the past decade she’s been teaching mindfulness, offering courses for the general public and in workplaces, including many leading companies around the UK. She teaches MPs, Peers and their staff in the Houses of Parliament, and she led an inquiry into ‘Mindfulness in the Workplace’ for the All-party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness. 


Tessa is an Associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and has taught at SOAS, University of London on their MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. She is the author of  A Practical Guide to Mindfulness and Mindful London. She lives in Balham and has two daughters.  



Cost of the course is £70.  A concession cost of £50 is available for those earning below £17,000.  Please contact [email protected] to apply for a concession.

It is traditional on Buddhist programmes to have the opportunity to offer the teacher what we call a heart gift. This is an entirely voluntary possibility to offer a financial gift to the teacher, in appreciation of their willingness to devote their time and energy in sharing these teachings.

Payment Terms and Conditions

Please register and pay in full on registration, to pay by card - please click through to PayPal where there is an option to pay by card without having a PayPal account. Cancellation up to 1 week before the programme will receive a full refund, after that there will be a £20 fee charged for cancellation up until the 6th December 2019 after which no refund is granted.


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