Cultivating Compassion

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The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. [Compassion also means] to refrain from inflicting pain; to act or speak violently, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights, and to incite hatred by denigrating others. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to a fulfilled humanity.- Children’s Charter of Compassion.

Compassion is an integral part of yoga- deepening our compassion for ourselves, for our loved ones, for all human beings, and ultimately for all beings and for all of life.

Drishti Point and Animal Voices are thrilled to present a series of Valentine’s Day Events celebrating compassion for all beings. Please join us for any or all of the event below, including the Vancouver Premiere of Speciesism: The Movie.

Thursday February 13

Valentine’s Bake Sale
Unity Yoga and Teahouse
1672 East 10th Ave., 2nd Floor
Join us for lovingly home baked vegan goodies.
*Bring your own container for cookies, cupcakes, and a variety of sweet treats.
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10% of the Profits from the Bake Sale will go towards Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association  .

Friday February 14

Doors open 6:30pm, Film 7pm
SFU Harbour Center, 515 West Hastings
Room 1900 Fletcher Theatre
*By donation [no one turned away from lack of funds]

Watch the Trailer here-
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Saturday February 15

Cultivating Compassion Yoga Workshop
What is ahimsa? How can our dietary choices and consumptive patterns empower us to honor life? How can we widen our compassion to include all sentient beings?

This 3 hour Workshop will include an Asana practice, film clips, discussion, dialogue and reflection about how we can contribute to the health and happiness of all sentient beings. This Workshop is co-facilitated by Cynthia Gantra, Holistic Nutritionist and Yoga Teacher and Farah Nazarali.

Sliding Scale $20-$40
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Please join us, and help us spread the word so that together we may sow the seeds of compassion in our world.

One Response to “Cultivating Compassion”

  1. This core philosophy is expressed through five tenets which form the foundation of Jivamukti Yoga. Jivamukti teachers embody these tenets, so that they color all of his or her teachings, whether in Basic classes , Open classes , other classes, workshops, or even just interactions with others in the Jivamukti community. In classes other than Open classes, the teacher does not necessarily teach the five tenets explicitly or even state them out loud. In an Open class, however, the five tenets have a special role, because it is part of the teacher’s job to give the students an experience of all five tenets in each Open class, though again not necessarily by teaching them explicitly or even stating them out loud, but by allowing them to inform the class plan and teaching style. Each of the five tenets should be clearly identifiable in every Open class, even though the names of the tenets may not actually be spoken. By doing this, students learn not to see asana as separate from spiritual study or chanting or meditation, but rather to integrate all of the elements that make up Jivamukti Yoga into one unified practice. This provides for a well-rounded approach to our goal—enlightenment through compassion for all beings.

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