Finding Fullness in Emptiness: Understanding and Applying Contemplative Wisdom and Compassion Principles

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Personal Practice
May 1, 2024
May 22, 2024
Finding Fullness in Emptiness: Understanding and Applying Contemplative Wisdom and Compassion Principles

Wednesday evenings, 17.00-19.00 BST

We are offering these sessions on a donation basis (suggested donation for all four sessions is £90). These sessions will be recorded, and recordings will be available to all participants shortly after the event.

You do not have to sign up to all four sessions in order to attend, and we would be happy to accept donations on the door for those who wish to attend at the Lodge - please email hello@compassionatemind.co.uk to let us know if you wish to attend in person and pay on the door.

Following a wealth of research indicating the benefits of Buddhist mindfulness and compassion practices, there is growing interest into the nature, applications and benefits of Buddhist wisdom principles, which are concerned with overcoming suffering by cultivating insight into the ultimate nature of the self and reality. Some key examples include the wisdom practices of non-self, non-attachment, interconnectedness, impermanence, non-duality and emptiness, the latter of which implies that although phenomena are perceptible to the human mind, they do not intrinsically exist. However, due to its inclination to perceive in egoistic and dualistic (i.e., self-other) terms, the mind has a tendency to fixate on phenomena and relate to them as existing in a permanent and independent way. Ultimately, this stifles our growth as human beings, reduces psychological flexibility, and limits our ability to encounter reality "as it is".

This series of four workshops will explore emerging empirical insights indicating how Buddhist wisdom principles can not only deepen our understanding of the mind and reality, but also help us realise more of our capacity for compassion, awareness and wellbeing. The workshops are intended for individuals both new to and experienced in contemplative approaches, and will focus on integration and application within daily living and applied contexts. In addition to lecture and Q&A components, each weekly session will include a guided meditation intended to deepen awareness of these ancient forms of contemplative wisdom.


The Compassionate Mind Foundation Head Office

Markeaton Lodge

c/o University of Derby

Markeaton Street

Derby, DE22 3AW


over Zoom

This course is for

This workshop is open to all audiences, no particular knowledge or experience is needed to attend.

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr William Van Gordon

Dr William Van Gordon

Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology
Prof Paul Gilbert OBE

Prof Paul Gilbert OBE

Founder and President


Do I need to be a therapist to attend this?

No, this is for personal practice, and is open to all.

When will I receive the login details?

All delegates signed up to the workshop will receive the joining links, instructions, handouts and any extra resources and information via email. We send these roughly a week before the workshop start date.

Will this workshop be recorded?

Yes, this workshop will be recorded on zoom. Once the workshop has finished all delegates will receive a follow-up email with the links to view these along with any extra resources. These will be available to view for around 3 months post-event. The recordings are edited, so will be made available roughly a week after the workshop has finished.

Would I get a certificate for this personal practice workshop

As this is for personal practice and not for continuing professional development, will we not be issuing certificates for this workshop.


If you wish to book via invoice, please click here to download our workshop booking form.

Terms and conditions

All places booked for our event, must be paid for prior to attending the event unless pre-agreed with management. Please note that we cannot confirm your place until we have received payment.

Should you be unable to attend the event, please contact our admin team as soon as possible via hello@compassionatemind.co.uk. Refunds, less the Eventbrite administration fee, will be made if cancellations are received in writing up to one month before the event. Any cancellations received after this time will not be eligible for a refund, although we will consider exceptional circumstances.  While refunds for failure to attend cannot be made, you can transfer your event fee to a future event that will take place within 12 months of your booking without an additional penalty.

Please note that information about the event and venue are subject to change and cancellation. Occasionally, an event may have to be cancelled or postponed.  We will endeavour to inform you of any changes and cancellations as soon as possible via email. We cannot take responsibility for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation, any other related goods or service or other compensation should an event cancellation occur.

For all face-to-face events, lunch provided at the event will be vegetarian and will include eggs, but no meat or fish (though vegan options will also be made available). However, please advise us of any dietary requirements in the notes section whilst booking online and we will do our best to accommodate your request.