The art of compassion
ISKCON-endorsed education to equip students with the basic tools to offer people in crisis competent, well-informed emotional support and spiritual care.
“The heart should always be filled with compassion for others. Exhibiting mercy to all living entities is one of the limbs of devotional service.”
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
Karuna is a Sanskrit word that means “compassion.” Compassion requires more than feeling sad when someone is suffering. Compassion invites engagement with suffering persons with the intent of helping them heal. Many of us feel compassion for others’ suffering and would like to help but don’t know how. We established Karuna Care Education to answer this need.
What is Karuna Care Education (KCE)?
KCE provides introductory, lay interfaith ministry education for second-initiated ISKCON devotees who wish to provide compassionate care in hospitals, hospices, prisons, airport chapels, college campuses, psychiatric hospitals, homeless shelters, group homes, assisted living facilities, police departments, fire departments, the military, religious communities, and wherever people in crisis may need them. KCE trains its students to develop heart-connecting relationships that can grow into cohesive, caring communities.
Learn how to
Develop and sharpen skills that will enable you to provide compassionate care.
Develop a healthy sensitivity to the emotional needs of others.
Understand yourself better.
Provide spiritual and emotional support with time-honored pastoral tools as informed, reflective, and competent caregivers.
“Rambhoru Brinkman and Karuna Care Education (KCE) are providing a wonderful opportunity for ISKCON devotees to be trained in professional, devotionally inspired skills by which they can help others through times of personal difficulty and crisis. I thoroughly endorse her work. I encourage any serious devotee who is inclined for such training to take full advantage of this important, and much needed program.”Anuttama Dasa, ACBSP
ISKCON GBC, Minister of Communications
“Those eager to help others and themselves to advance spiritually, what to speak of living a balanced, healthy life will find a friend and ally in Karuna Care Education. I highly recommend it.”Vaisesika Dasa, ACBSP, ISKCON initiating Spiritual Master
IGBC North America, Minister of Book Distribution
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Students of Karuna Care Education will become members of a student peer group of 6–12 members. You will share your learning with one another throughout the 12-week semester. This peer learning group will be facilitated by a Certified KCE Training Supervisor, who will serve as the peer group’s guide and educator.
KCE students will learn through an action-reflection-integration model that moves learning forward through shared feedback between peers and Training Supervisor. This learning loop is aimed at developing quality caregivers whose attitude and behavior embodies the bhakti principle of unconditional love for the Supreme Lord Krishna, and care for other living beings and oneself as parts and parcels of Krishna.
At the start of the semester, KCE students will identify personal and spiritual learning goals. They will then commit to working on these throughout the semester. They will also submit weekly journal reflections, case studie,s and theological reflection papers that will demonstrate their progress toward these goals.
Who is eligible to apply ?
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“Karuna Care Education seeks to fill a great need in our devotional community. In training for areas of counseling and compassion, its programs move us toward a functioning and complete society of devotion.”Urmila Devi Dasi, ACBSP
Doctor of Education Leadership
Author of “The Great Mantra for Mystic Meditation”
“Essence Seekers”, “Dr. Best Learn to Read” series,
“Sri-Manah Siksah” by Raghunatha Dasa Goswami (contributing author)