Teachers and Dharma Leaders

  • Tenzin Chogkyi
    Tenzin Chogkyi

    Tenzin Chogkyi  (she/her/hers) is a teacher of workshops and programs that bridge the worlds of Buddhist thought, contemplative practice, mental and emotional cultivation, and the latest research in the field of positive psychology. Tenzin first became interested in meditation in the early 1970s and then started practicing Tibetan Buddhism in early 1991 during a year she spent studying in India and Nepal. She completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period and took monastic ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, practicing as a monastic for nearly 20 years. Since 2006 she has been teaching in Buddhist centers around the world and taught in prisons for 15 years.

    She is also a certified teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training and the Cultivating Emotional Balance program. Tenzin is especially interested in bringing the wisdom of Buddhism into modern culture and into alignment with modern cultural values such as racial and gender justice and environmental awareness. She feels strongly that a genuine and meaningful spiritual path includes not only personal transformation, but social and cultural transformation as well. She loves interfaith collaboration and is a volunteer for the Interfaith Speakers Bureau of the Islamic Networks Group in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She is featured on a monthly radio show called “Reflections on Buddhism on KSQD 90.7 in the Santa Cruz area. She also finds time to create her Unlocking True Happiness podcast which you can check out at unlockingtruehappiness.org where you will also find her current teaching schedule. She is currently based on traditional Awaswas Ohlone land, in what is now known as Santa Cruz, CA.

  • Greg Morris
    Greg Morris
    Visiting Teacher

    Greg Morris (they/them) is a student and practitioner of bhakti yoga and Advaita Vedanta, as well as a student and devotee of the Tao Te Ching and the four gospels of the New Testament.
    A lifelong peace advocate and bridge-builder with childhood grounding in Unitarianism, Greg offers their spiritual practice as the foundation of their work as a management consultant specializing in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

    In addition, they are the recipient and beneficiary of several healing modalities, most notably Rosen Method (Marion Rosen, Robert Harry Rovin), Transformational Bodywork (Stephen Allario, Fred Mitouer), Holistic Sexuality (Marina Romero), Interpersonal Dynamics (David Bradford), and psychotherapy.
    They are a certified teacher of the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) developed at Stanford University, and will be assisting with this year’s cohort of the CCT teacher training.


In Center & Online

Other Locations

ΞMeditation Hall


Jul 20 2024


Pacific Time
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Cultivating Compassion

As humans, we are hard-wired to feel and express empathy, love, and compassion. When we do, we tap into a profound and renewing source of strength, courage, and connection. Wisdom traditions, the arts, and even science call the capacity to be both aware of suffering and willing to relieve that suffering, compassion. Compassion is how we have survived and thrived as individuals, communities, and as a species.

Recent discoveries in neuroscience show that compassion is both an innate capacity rooted in our care system and a skill which can be deliberately trained and strengthened. As we cultivate compassion, we become better able to respond to the challenges of life with wisdom, respect, and kindness. We build individual and collective resilience, growing in ways that make us stronger and more connected rather than hurt and broken apart.

This Compassion Cultivation Daylong Workshop is designed to introduce participants to the practice of compassion through evidence-based research, interactive exercises, personal reflection, meditation practices, and group discussions. It condenses key components of Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT), an 8-week training developed at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), and now housed at the Compassion Institute. Participants will be introduced to the science of compassion, gain insight into their own experiences, and explore practices which support the unfolding of compassion in their personal and professional lives.

This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to explore the benefits of compassion. This includes leaders, caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals, therapists, entrepreneurs, public servants, parents, and people in a wide range of professions and life contexts. It is also serves as a refresher course and opportunity to practice for those already familiar with one or more of the many evidence-based compassion trainings available.

Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates.

Attend either online or in person at the Meditation Center. If you choose to attend in person, we request that you not use any fragrance. This protects the health of our sangha members who have a sensitivity to fragrance

Online Attendance Instructions:

Online Meeting ID: 874 3305 2801

Dial-in Passcode: 562048

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