Ven. Lobsang Tenpa
Cultivating Emotional Balance
12 Week Course
Saturdays 4.00 - 8.oopm
UK Time Zone
(Please check your local time zones
and for dates of clock changes)
11, 18, 25 Sept, 2021
2, 9, 16, 23, 7, 30 Oct, 2021
6, 13, 20, 27 Nov 2021
About Cultivating Emotional Balance
Video: Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB): Personal Benefits
The full 42-hour CEB program takes its participants through a deep exploration of their habits pertaining to all the major emotional groups: anger, fear, disgust, joy, sadness and so forth.
In addition, it includes a comprehensive overview of the three main forms of meditation practice:
developing attentional stability, cultivating virtues of the heart and looking deeply into the nature of our experiences.
Studies have shown that taking a full-length CEB strengthens one’s meta-awareness, compassion, empathy, resilience & even the ability to accurately recognize emotions in others.
Cultivating Emotional Balance is a contemplative training program that combines the insights of psychological research with the traditional practices of mind-training.
The aim of the program is to learn to use our emotions — both pleasant and unpleasant — to cultivate greater levels of clarity and psychological wellbeing.
Originally developed by Dr. Paul Ekman, Dr. Alan Wallace and Dr. Eve Ekman – at the request of the Dalai Lama – CEB has grown to become an internationally acclaimed tool for teaching key emotional and contemplative skills for those in service professions and just about anyone who wants to understand and control their emotional landscape better.
This introductory course will consist of four 3-hour long sessions, each including a theoretical component, interactive group activities and periods of silent practice.
Learning to understand the modulations and logic of our fundamental emotional states, we will use a number of psychological and contemplative skills to establish greater levels of inner stability.
Requirements for the students: Please commit to attending the entire course. Anyone is welcome to join.
Suggested reading: Attention Revolution by Dr. Alan Wallace (further readings will be listed during the course).
A Response To The Dalai Lama's Call To Action
Twenty years ago at the first Mind & Life Symposium discussing Destructive Emotions, the Dalai Lama, put out a call for action – to do more than simply produce a book of the symposium’s discussion on destructive emotions. Paul Ekman, psychologist, picked up the call and, together with other scientists, and Lama Alan Wallace they created a practical response to the Dalai Lama’s call for action. And so Cultivating Emotional Balance was born – a course that has since relieved suffering for many.
View Lama Alan’s discussion of the creation of the CEB course and the benefits of aspiring to Genuine Happiness in the video below.
“The issue, if we want to improve our emotional life, is to introduce awareness into it. There are opportunities in that gap to learn through practice … to become aware of the impulse that has arisen & to choose whether to engage with it or not.”
Paul Ekman on emotions and emotional awarenes
The Ven. Lobsang Tenpa, who is teaching this course, is a long time student of Lama Alan and has translated for many Buddhist teachers, including HH the Dalai Lama. Gratefully he is a constant presence at CCN’s Annual 6 Day Retreat, so most of you will know him.
This short 4 week course can be taken as a ‘stand-alone’ introductory course, or it can be taken as the bridge to the deeper 42 hour training that Tenpa will be offering over 12 weeks September to November.
The Ven. Lobsang Tenpa is a valued and respected member of our sangha. He is a a generous, empathic, and insightful listener and speaker.
May this course be of benefit,
Lama Alan On
The Creation Of The CEB Course:
Paul Ekman On
Emotions And Emotional Awareness:
Lobsang Tenpa is a certified Cultivating Emotional Balance teacher, meditation instructor and Buddhist translator.
Born in Siberia, he got his BA and MA in South Asian Studies at the diplomatic college in Moscow and went on to become an ordained monastic and a translator in the Tibetan contemplative tradition.
In addition to his Buddhist studies and translator work, Tenpa has been working with secular ethics and secular mindfulness courses for almost a decade.
Further developing his skills while studying in Nepal, the UK and the US, he has taught and led short and long-term retreats in Europe, Asia and North America.
In addition, he has served as the interpreter for such teachers as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Alan Wallace, Glen Svensson, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and many others.