Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL)

MBCL was developed by Erik van den Brink and Frits Koster in the Netherlands, who have written ‘MBCL: a new training programme to deepen mindfulness with heartfulness.’ This graduate training course builds on already established mindfulness skills for those who have previously taken MBSR or MBCT, and offers exercises in cultivating compassion for both ourselves and others. It is taught along the same principles as other mindfulness-based interventions. Some practices are secular adaptations from traditional practices, such as metta and tonglen, others use compassionate imagery, such as that adapted from Paul Gilbert’s Compassion Focused Therapy, folded into mindfulness practices. As practical alternatives to the eight-week course, a three-day foundation course or a seven-day retreat also provide familiarity with the formal meditations. Those who wish to teach MBCL to groups of MBSR or MBCT graduates must already be trained as mindfulness-based teachers.

For more information, visit Frits Koster’s website at http://compassionateliving.info/ or Erik van den Brink’s website at https://mbcl.org.