Meditation Course: Cultivating Compassion (in English) 16.12.2017

On this course we will be focusing on the cultivation of compassion – the quality of tuning into and wanting to alleviate suffering in ourselves, others and all phenomena in experience. We will be exploring creative ways of approaching this practice. The cultivation of  compassion is a skill that can be learned and deepened over time. We will also be looking at what kinds of attitudes and conditions are conducive to developing and deepening compassion, as well as some common obstacles to practice.  The course will offer a practical set of tools for the meditator to develop and deepen their practice. The course is suitable for beginners, as well as for people with more experience.

The course will consist of guided meditations, teaching and Q & A. It is also possible to sign up for a one-to-one discussion about practice before the session. If you are interested in this, please email Juha at

Please note: This course is primarily intended for people who don’t speak Finnish and the places are limited. When registering please tick the box indicating which languages you speak, and the facilitator will prioritise non-Finnish speakers. If there are spaces available closer to the course, these will be filled with Finnish speakers.

Time: 12:00-14:30 (doors open at 11:45, please be on time to start at 12:00)

Date:  Saturday 16.12.2017

Location: Meditaatiokellari, Meritullinkatu 11B, Kruununhaka, Helsinki


Questions: Juha Penttilä, and 0440887881.

Price: The course is offered on dana – the principle of generosity and giving freely. Participants can offer a donation at the end of the course to cover the practical costs of renting the space, as well as supporting the facilitator in their work.

About the facilitator

Juha Penttilä has been practicing meditation since 2002. He has spent time on retreats in Buddhist monasteries and retreat centers both in Asia as well as in Europe, and has spent over two years living and serving at Gaia House, a retreat center in the UK. In Finland he has been involved in founding Nirodha and the Green Buddha dharma group and is actively involved in teaching meditation and developing the practice community.