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International Webinar 

The value of compassion to oneself and to others

Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living

Saturday 30 October by Frits Koster


Compassion can be defined as a sensitivity towards our own and others’ pain and suffering, as well as a commitment to try to alleviate and prevent it. This requires empathy, courage and wisdom. Like mindfulness, it is a universal human capacity, which is for many reasons often not fully developed but can be cultivated by training.

Why developing compassion

Being human is not always easy. Many people with chronic or recurring mental or physical health problems suffer from low self-esteem, shame and harsh self-criticism. Compassion training offers exercises to experience more warmth, safeness, acceptance, understanding and connectedness, with oneself and others. Also professionals working with other people may suffer from ‘empathy-distress’ or ‘empathy-fatigue’ and be vulnerable for burnout. The practice of self-compassion can restore inner balance and support a wise and compassionate self-care.

Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL)

Frits Koster and Erik van den Brink have developed a deepening programme for those who are familiar with the practice of mindfulness already – e.g. by having followed an MBSR, MBCT, MBRP or Breathworks course - and who find it difficult to carry on the practice alone and tend to be overly harsh to themselves. In the eight session Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living or MBCL training explicit attention is paid to developing a kind and compassionate attitude towards yourself. MBCL is specifically designed as a mindfulness-based programme and has shown positive effects in different research studies – see

The MBCL programme was initially developed for clients in mental health care, gradually it is widely applied to other fields as well and is followed by health care professionals, coaches, managers, (mindfulness) teachers, managers and anyone else living and in a frantic world.

Content and learning objectives of the workshop

  • Participants will experience some exercises of the MBCL-programme.

  • Participants receive some theoretical key elements.

  • At the end of the workshop participants will have a basic understanding of how to cultivate a wise and caring relationship with oneself and with others.


Participation criteria:

Participants are familiar with basic mindfulness practice, preferably by having followed an eight-week mindfulness training (MBSR, MBCT, MBRP, Breathworks or equivalent). Participants with a regular mindfulness meditation practice of at least 1 year (± 1,5 hours formal practice per week) are also welcome. The online programme is not suitable for participants without mindfulness meditation experience.


The funds raised with this webinar will  donated to Brazilian charities dedicated to fighting hunger.


Date and time: Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. (Brazil's time).
Location: Online - Zoom

Language: English with simultaneous translation into Portuguese



To participate in this webinar, we request a contribution of R$50.00 (Aprox. US$ 10.) which will be fully* donated to charities dedicated to fighting hunger.

However, some options are possible if you cannot contribute or if you can contribute with greater value:

1 - I can't contribute**

2 - I would like to contribute R$50.00 (Aprox. US$ 10.) to participate in the webinar

3 - I would like to contribute R$100.00 (Aprox. US$ 20.)to participate, and pay for the participation of someone else who cannot contribute

4 - I would like to contribute with R$150.00 (Aprox. US$ 30.) to participate, and pay for the participation of two people who cannot contribute. 

*Entry platform fees and taxes will be deducted.

**In this case, we will assemble a list of people who fit into this situation, and to the extent that there are contributions, they will be passed on (following registration order criteria).

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Frits Koster is a meditation teacher and a certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). He has trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse since 1994. He has taught mindfulness in mental health settings, including clinics and hospitals, for many years. He has been practicing Theravada Buddhism for more than 40 years and lived as a Buddhist monk in Southeast Asia for six years in the 1980s. He has been leading meditation retreats and courses since his return to the Netherlands in 1988. He is a member of the faculty of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA) as well as various mindfulness training institutes across Europe. He was trained by founding teachers in Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion, Interpersonal Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Supervision.

He is the author of several books, including Liberating Insight, Buddhist Meditation as Stress Management and The Web of Buddhist Wisdom. Thailand: Silkwormbooks.
With Erik van den Brink he developed the MBCL programme and co-authored several publications, which are published in various languages throughout the world. See


  • Van den Brink, E. & Koster, F. (2015). Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living: A new training programme to deepen mindfulness with heartfulness. London: Routledge.

Van den Brink, E. & Koster, F. (2018). A Practical Guide to Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living – Living with heart. London: Routledge.