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Karuna Training is an education program of Upaya Limited, a German non-profit company in Cologne. We are a provider of contemplative
trainings in mindfulness and compassion that are designed for people in
therapeutic and social professions. The trainings consist of meditative
components and have been developed on the basis of the connection of
Buddhist tradition and western therapeutic perspective.
Upaya is a word from Sanskrit and means skillful means.
In Buddhist psychology it says that from wisdom (the understanding of
the nature of mind) grows the knowledge about the skillful means with
the world. Upaya is based on the notion of combining the wisdom
of the meditative Buddhist tradition—like mindfulness and
meditation—with the methods of western medicine and psychology. Upaya
offers trainings in contemplative psychology (Karuna) and contemplative
healing (menla), that are designed for people in order to learn about
those Buddhist methods and integrate them into their professional
practice. The trainings take place in an open set up made for western
The content of the trainings are derived from the master studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, USA.