Zen-Inspired Classes to Enrich Your Life

Zen Life & Meditation Center offers specialty workshops throughout the year. These workshops feature experienced and motivated teachers, and are a wonderful opportunity to learn a new skill. 


Cultivating Compassion Workshop
Christine DuSell, Pat Bloom, and Mark Shishin Gelula

Saturday, September 28th , 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

“We live in a time when science is validating what humans have known throughout the ages: that compassion is not a luxury; it is a necessity for our well-being, resilience, and survival.”
–Roshi Joan Halifax, from Wise Hope.

No matter what our path in life, we each encounter the suffering of others: the loved one with a serious illness, the friend who has lost a job, the colleague whose sister has died, the homeless person that we pass on the sidewalk. These, and many other experiences, can elicit in us a strong desire to help while simultaneously eliciting a desire to turn away from the suffering.

In this one-day workshop we will explore the GRACE framework developed by Roshi Joan Halifax, which is a process for cultivating compassion in any situation where suffering is present. GRACE practice offers a simple and effective way to open to others’ experiences, to stay centered in the presence of suffering, and to develop the capacity to respond to suffering with compassion and action.

Practiced in this way, compassion can become a wellspring of resilience as we allow our natural impulse to care for another individual to become a source of nourishment and lovingkindness for ourselves as well.

The workshop is open to a maximum of 20 participants and is offered on a dana basis. All contributions will directly support the ZLMC.


Equity Policy: The Zen Life & Meditation Center, Chicago is committed to providing dharma teachings to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. We have set up a Dharma Fund which our members contribute to in order to support this policy. As a result, partial scholarships are always available for any of our programs or offerings.