• Rejoice

    Join us to celebrate

    Compassion Day

    July 6th

    Click here to see how


    Photo: Don Farber

  • Compassion In Action

    Join, love, protect and support

    our precious mother sentient beings

    Maitripa College compassionate volunteers at work
    with Habitat for Humanity, Portland, OR

    Photo: Marc Sakamoto


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  • Meditation

    Encircle the world with compassion

    Join us in discovering powerful ways
    to cultivate compassion and loving kindness


    Click here to see how


What is Compassion Day?

Compassion Day is on July 6th. It’s an opportunity for us to come together and celebrate compassion in our lives. Compassion is what brings us together in unity and harmony, overcoming all forms of discrimination. It brings us joy, connection and meaning. Download video

What’s special about July 6th?

It’s His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday! His Holiness is a beacon of compassion, crossing boundaries such as religion, gender or culture, inspiring millions of us to have the courage to open our hearts. What better way to celebrate compassion than to celebrate it on his birthday!

Who’s behind Compassion Day?

Compassion Day is organized by the FPMT North America – the 32 centers, study groups, and projects of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) in North America. The FPMT is an organization that’s dedicated to helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion.

How to take part in Compassion Day?

There are three parts to Compassion Day: Rejoicing, Meditation, and Compassion in Action.
You can either connect with your local FPMT North America center  to take part in activities, or you can take part from home. Read more below to find out how!


Join us as we come together to rejoice on His Holiness’ birthday, celebrate compassion, and dedicate ourselves to making a positive difference in the world. Read more

Compassion in Action

How can we cultivate compassion, not just in our hearts as we do our meditation, but in the world, in a real and meaningful way that benefits others? Take action! Read more


Compassion and its twin, loving-kindness, are like any other qualities. They can be cultivated over time until your compassion becomes infinite, embracing all beings equally! In these four guided meditations you can discover powerful ways to cultivate and increase these positive qualities and generate great enthusiasm for making your life joyous and meaningful in every moment. Read more