This is an 8-week series beginning March 5, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 pm.

The goal of this training is to provide a practical framework for developing compassion for oneself and others. Cultivating compassion may lead to an increased personal resilience to stress and enhanced feeling of well-being. This course was developed by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. In-class activities include lectures, guided compassion cultivation exercises, and group discussion. Since you will be opening your hearts and minds to the varieties of suffering in self and others, this experience can be potentially transformative.

The class is cumulative so that each session builds on the previous sessions. To gain maximum benefit of "open-hearted resilience" from the course, it is important to attend as many of the eight sessions as possible. We ask that you not sign up for the course at this time if you know you will miss more than two classes. Participants will be expected to commit 15-30 minutes a day for formal and informal practice. Guided meditations online or on CDs as well as selected reading will supplement weekly activities.

Richard (Rick) Avery, LCSW, started meditating about 35 years ago when he realized "the pursuit of happiness" as he understood it was only making him more unhappy. In his journey to understand his and others’ heart/minds, he has been fortunate enough to have been a psychotherapist, organizational consultant, and clinical instructor for the past 45 years. He is also a Certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) program associated with Stanford University. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty, Department of Psychiatry at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Rick's daylong is part of a series of 4 activities in March and April offering a "dive deep" into the Brahmaviharas.


Tuesday nights, March 5 - April 23, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.


First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 First Street, San Diego, CA 92103, Room 323.

Room 323 is on the second floor of the two-story building on the right after you enter the gate.

See directions to center.

Parking is validated.


The cost to attend is $50. The registration fee covers materials and other expenses. 30% of excess funds will go toward Insight San Diego's Seeds of Compassion Fund. None of this money goes directly to the teacher.

No one will be turned away based on inability to pay. Please visit our scholarship page for information about financial assistance.

Additional Information:

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Seating is limited. After registering you'll receive emails containing class information as well as announcements about other Insight San Diego activities.

The four Brahmavihāras, also known as the Four Immeasurables, are a series of virtues and Buddhist meditation practices designed to cultivate those virtues. The Brahmavihāras are:

  • loving-kindness or benevolence (metta)
  • compassion (karuna)
  • empathetic joy (mudita)
  • equanimity (upekkha)

Join Insight San Diego as we explore the Brahmavihāras. Everyone is welcome. Attend any or all parts of this series:

  1. March 5 - April 23, 2019. Compassion Cultivation Training offered by Richard Avery. 8 Tuesday evenings
  2. March 22, 2019. Dharma talk by John Martin
  3. March 23, 2019. Heart of Awareness - A Day of Mindfulness Meditation with John Martin. This Insight Meditation Daylong will emphasize the cultivation of the beautiful heart qualities of Loving Kindness and Compassion that are key supports in the practice.
  4. April 27, 2019. Daylong: Equanimity as a Support for Compassion by Richard Avery