Tibetan Meditation and Compassion

With the guidance of Tibetan meditation specialist, Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., learn practices that may help you relax and deepen your compassion without becoming overwhelmed by others’ distress.

Compassion means “to suffer together.” It involves recognizing another’s suffering and being moved to help relieve it. Compassion is often viewed as a gift that we give others. However, research has shown that when we help others, we are also happier ourselves. The challenge is to learn to experience compassion without being overwhelmed by others’ pain. Weaving together philosophy, science and spirituality, Tibetan meditation expert Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., demonstrates meditative practices to help you relax and remain present, effective and compassionate.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GLIF1035.F18.1 Alejandro Chaoul On-campus 5–7 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Alejandro Chaoul
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 5–7 p.m.
START DATE: Oct. 12, 2018

Instructor: Alejandro Chaoul

Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and director of education in the integrative medicine program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he conducts research on the use of Tibetan mind-body techniques with cancer patients, caregivers, staff and faculty. He holds a doctorate from Rice University focusing on Tibetan spiritual traditions and has trained with Tibetan lamas for nearly 30 years. Dr. Chaoul is also adjunct faculty at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston and the founding director of the Institute for Mind, Body and Spirit at the Jung Center. In 2017, he was recognized as a Contemplative Fellow for the Mind and Life Institute. His book, “Tibetan Yoga for Health and Well-Being: The Science and Practice of Body, Energy and Mind,” was published in 2018.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Oct. 12, 2018

End Date: Oct. 19, 2018

Schedule: 5–7 p.m.

Length: Two Fridays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $108

Rice Alumni: $97

CEUs: 0.4

Note: Limited enrollment

This course is offered for educational purposes only. Please consult with the professional of your choosing if you are seeking specific therapeutic or medical advice. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a cushion if choosing to sit on the floor.

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