Thupten Jinpa and Leah Weiss

Cultivating Compassion Louisville

Three Essential Events

Expanding Practical Compassion Community-wide

15-16 May 2019


Welcome Thupten Jinpa and Leah Weiss for three essential and unique events that

address critical elements for expanding compassion within educational,

business, and city-wide communities.


Each Event is Ticketed Separately


Cultivating Social Enterprise in Business

Hosted by

 Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Eifler Theater - Formerly The Clifton Center

Canopy Ky hosts an evening of compelling conversations between Thupten Jinpa, Leah Weiss, and local, innovative business leaders, moderated by Mayor Greg Fischer. In line with Canopy's mission of supporting good business in Kentucky, the event will highlight the role of for-profit social enterprise in a challenging and dynamic world.




Compassion Cultivation Symposium

Sponsored by Owsley Brown III

Thursday, May 16, 8:30am – 2:00pm
Saints Hall, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

Explore rejuvenating and supportive practices for teachers, healthcare providers, religious and civic leaders. Thupten Jinpa and Leah Weiss will facilitate interactive and practical ways to cultivate compassion in the work or home setting and within oneself.




Cultivation Compassion Louisville Public Talk

Sponsored by Center for Interfaith Relations

Thursday, May 16, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center

Join Thupten Jinpa, principal English translator for the Dalai Lama and creator of Compassion Cultivation Training, and Leah Weiss, specialist in teaching compassion in everyday contexts, to learn how to rewire your mind and transform your heart in response to life’s inevitable difficulties. Explore the emerging Science of Compassion as it sheds light on compassionate living and creating a peace-filled world.



About Thupten Jinpa

Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. was trained as a monk at the Shartse College of Ganden Monastic University, South India, where he received the Geshe Lharam degree. Jinpa also holds a B.A. in philosophy and a Ph.D. in religious studies, both from Cambridge University.


Jinpa has been the principal English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1985 and has translated and collaborated on numerous books by the Dalai Lama including the New York Times Bestsellers Ethics for the New Millennium and The Art of Happiness, as well as Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World. His own publications include A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives and translations of major Tibetan works featured in The Library of Tibetan Classics series.


Thupten Jinpa with His Holiness the Dalai Lama


Jinpa is the principal author of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) developed for Stanford University in 2009. He is CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Compassion Institute, which promotes public awareness of the importance of compassion to individual human happiness as well as societal and community well-being, provides knowledge-based resources to support a growing network of compassion educators, and promotes CCT nationally and internationally.


A frequent speaker at various international conferences on mindfulness, compassion, and contemplative practice, Jinpa serves as an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal and is the founder and president of the Institute of Tibetan Classics. He has been a core member of the Mind and Life Institute and its Chairman of the Board since January 2012.



About Leah Weiss

Leah Weiss, PhD, MSW, is a teacher, researcher, and meditation expert at Stanford University specializing in the application of mindfulness and compassion in secular contexts. Her perennially waitlisted course at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion, is breaking new ground in an MBA program already famous for innovation. Her other courses at Stanford include Compassion and the World Religions and A Philosophical and Experimental Introduction to Buddhism.

Leah was one of the five founding faculty of CCT with principal author, Thupten Jinpa. In addition to teaching CCT, she is active supervising CCT Teachers in Training.



Leah served as Director of Education at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) from 2010-2013. At HopeLab, Leah previously directed the contemplative education initiative. She now consults for the Omidyar Group’s 21st Century Leadership Initiative. Her book, How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity and Embrace the Daily Grind, published by HarperCollins, was released in 2018.

Leah has keynoted, taught, and consulted in diverse settings including Harvard-affiliated hospitals, Kaiser Permanente, the Young Presidents’ Organization, LinkedIn, and at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Concurrent with her graduate work, Leah completed the traditional Tibetan Buddhist teacher-training curriculum in the context of four silent, cloistered one-hundred-day meditation retreats, one six-month retreat, and dozens of weeklong retreats. Leah is a board member of the Journal of Interreligious Dialogue, writer for the Harvard Business Review, and reviewer for the Journal of Positive Psychology and Columbia Business Review.



These books by Thupten Jinpa and Leah Weiss are available now in DGCEC's Tibetan Marketplace.

Drop in or call 502-614-5616

Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion is a Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center offering regular teachings and retreats. DGCEC is a Compassion Education Center as well, inspired by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, providing classes, programs and events in the universal human values of compassion, nonviolence, reverence, tolerance, and interfaith understanding. 


DGCEC is honored to host CCL for the benefit of the wider community.



Canopy is a Louisville-based, startup non-profit that supports good business in Kentucky.  The organization was founded in 2018 by Scott Koloms. Canopy is developing a third-party certification program that will allow Kentucky companies to demonstrate their commitment to standards in social and environmental responsibility. 


DGCEC thanks Canopy for being the host of CCL's Cultivating Social Enterprise in Business.

The Center for Interfaith Relations celebrates the timeless wisdom contained in the diversity of the world’s faith traditions, honoring the union between thinking globally and acting locally. The Center hosts the annual ‘Festival of Faiths’ a nationally acclaimed interfaith event of music, poetry, film, art, and dialogue with internationally renowned spiritual leaders, thinkers and practitioners.


DGCEC thanks Owsley Brown III and CIR for their sponsorship of the CCL Symposium and Public Talk.