Compassionate Relationships



The Interdependence Project
302 Bowery, Middle Buzzer
New York , NY 10012
United States


Wed, 10/28/2015, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Wed, 11/4/2015, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Wed, 11/11/2015, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Wed, 11/18/2015, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Wed, 12/2/2015, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Wed, 12/9/2015, 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Note: All IDP courses are available to drop-in for a single class, but purchasing the entire series offers a discounted per-class rate. Full series registration includes access to readings, audio, and discussion board.

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This six-week course, taught by IDP’s Executive Director, Kimberly Brown, with assistance from Jessica Rodrigues, incorporates western psychological techniques with traditional practices and instructions to help you develop a healthy relationship to yourself and others. 

Though compassion is often regarded as a weak and cowardly response to difficult people and situations, traditional practices and modern psychological research suggest that compassion is the most effective and courageous quality for creating respectful and loving relationships.  Recent research indicates that compassion and lovingkindness are inherent human qualities, which everyone can develop.  With this unique offering, we’ll learn how to use discernment to create healthy boundaries, how to work with guilt and shame, and how to work with judgement and criticism with understanding and patience.  

Due to the nature of the course, enrollment will be limited to 30 people.  Participants will be asked to meditate at home for 20 minutes daily, and are encouraged to commit to attending all six classes.   They will also be supported by attending IDP’s weekly Metta Meditation Sitting Group. 

No meditation experience is necessary. Chairs will be provided.

Series Prices
$90 - Early Bird Discount - Register by October 21st!
$100 Full Price (Non-member)
$80 Basic Members
$70 Sustaining/Full Members
$50 Fearless Members
FREE for Endowing Members - contact to register

Drop-In Prices
$20 Full Price (Non-member)
$15 Members

Kimberly Brown has degrees in physics and literature, and trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. She worked at a marketing consultancy for more than a decade before joining The Interdependence Project. A graduate of the first year-long IDP Meditation Teacher Training Program, Kimberly studies Tibetan and American Buddhism, and her teachers include Lama Norlha Rinpoche and Sharon Salzberg.  Her work and teachings emphasize the ways in which contemplation, wisdom, and ethics are shared among all traditions of awakening.

As a not-for-profit organization, IDP is supported by the generosity of our community. Please become a Member today!

IDP strives to meet the financial needs of our community while facing the financial challenges of a not-for-profit in NYC. Reduced-payment options and Work-Study can be arranged by contacting to make prior payment arrangements.

IDP and a very generous Member are co-sponsoring POC Scholarships for our Monday and Wednesday class series. If you identify as a Person of Color and would like to enroll in this class series, please visit

The Secular Buddhist Studies Program at The Interdependence Project provides a multi-lineage foundation in Buddhist meditation, psychology, philosophy, and ethics from a secular perspective, inclusive of many traditions and bodies of teaching. Learn more here.

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