John Kinyon 

About John Kinyon

John is a leading trainer of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) and a co-founder of BayNVC. He specializes in mediation and Nonviolent Communication as spiritual practice and has offered training and facilitation to thousands of people around the world, including conflict resolution training to Afghan tribal elders along the Pakistani border in 2002. John works closely with founder Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D., and is regularly invited to be a staff trainer with him at 9-day international intensive trainings. John has a background in clinical psychology and has started three businesses. He also incorporates a long study of spiritual practice and principles of nonviolence into his work, including study and practice of the work of Carl Rogers, Gandhi, Eckhart Tolle, Duane Elgin, Ken Wilber, David Whyte, Byron Katie, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and Parmahansa Yogananda of Self-Realization Fellowship. John lives with his wife and three children in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about John and his work visit





The Tao of Empathy: Practicing the Presence of Empathy and Four Elements of Empathic Connection
A Telecourse Recording with CNVC Certified Trainer John Kinyon from El Sobrante, California, USA

Recorded during April, 2009
Total Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes

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“The Chinese philosopher Chuang-Tzu stated that true empathy requires listening with the whole being: ‘… it demands the emptiness of all the faculties. And when the faculties are empty, then the whole being listens. There is then a direct grasp of what is right there before you that can never be heard with the ear or understood with the mind.’”
—Excerpt from Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

In this telecourse recording, John offers an overview and practice with 4 elements of empathy – presence, understanding/meaning, need language, and deepening into needs.

The focus of this recording is learning the presence of empathy and allowing the words of empathic reflection to flow naturally and simply from presence. This can happen when there is an “emptiness of the faculties” and listening with one’s “whole being.” You will also learn about giving people understanding in natural language before moving into translating and connecting to need language.

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