MSC Teacher Bulletin

January 5, 2021

MSC in Vietnam: "Saving the World" by Letting Go

By Ha Tran

Letting go gave me just enough space to realize that love and wisdom, which were the essence of what we were teaching, were a circular flow, rather than unidirectional from me to the participants. That this essence was already the nature of all being...

September 3, 2020

The Near and Far Enemies of Fierce Compassion

By Dr. Chris Germer
CMSC Co-Founder

Practitioners of compassion inevitably ask, “What specific actions should I take?” to address injustice in their lives. Cultivating the qualities of mindfulness, common humanity and kindness is a good foundation for compassionate action, and when...

June 9, 2020

Building a Brave Space in MSC

By Dr. Steve Hickman
CMSC Executive Director

I was touched today upon reading this beautiful poem by Micky ScottBey Jones, and it inspired me to reflect on how we might be sure our MSC teaching spaces are […]...

March 26, 2020

Loving Others Without Losing Ourselves as MSC Teachers

By Dr. Steve Hickman
CMSC Executive Director

As we support our participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, our key guiding principle as teachers is empowerment. Our role is to help participants restore a kind of “inner authority.” We […]...

February 28, 2020

5 Myths of Self-Compassion

By Dr. Kristin Neff
CMSC Co-Founder

For many, "self-compassion" carries the whiff of all those other bad “self” terms: self-pity, self-serving, self-indulgent, self-centered, just plain selfish. Generations removed from Puritan times, we still seem to believe that if we aren’t pu...