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Thupten Jinpa and Leah Weiss

Cultivating Compassion Louisville

Expanding Practical Compassion Community-wide

15-16 May 2019


Cultivating Compassion Louisville welcomes Thupten Jinpa and Leah Weiss for three events that address critical elements for expanding compassion within educational, business, and city-wide communities.


Compassion Cultivation Symposium

To Be Announced

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


Cultivating Social Enterprise

Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Eifler Theater - Formerly The Clifton Center

Compelling conversations between Thupten Jinpa, Leah Weiss, and innovative local business leaders that highlight the role of for-profit social enterprise in a challenging and dynamic world.

Business leaders will share their stories of positive impact in our communities.

Civic leaders, business people, and interested public are welcome.


Public Talk: Practical Compassion Cultivation

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

Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center


In this inspiring evening, Thupten Jinpa and Leah Weiss will explore the emerging Science of Compassion, contemporary neuroscience, and the practical steps toward expanding one's mind and heart toward compassionate living and a peace-filled world


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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 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 Heart At Work, 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. 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.