Compassion Cultivation Training is an eight-week course designed to enhance qualities of loving kindness, empathy and compassion for others and in oneself. The course was inspired by H.H. The Dalai Lama and developed by contemplative scholars and clinical psychologists at Stanford University. The program combines contemporary psychology, contemplative practices and scientific research as a foundation for exploring a modern approach approaches to compassion training.
CCT combines mindfulness & heart opening practices, exercises, group dialogue and visualizations to help facilitate a direct experience of loving kindness and compassion. This course offers participants an opportunity to become aware of the obstacles and near enemies of compassion and to experience and understand the benefits of training the heart vs. following the heart.
Who Should Attend?
Compassion Cultivation Training is designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and for others.
- Parents and caregivers
- Healthcare professionals and therapists
- Executives and managers
- Public service leaders and employees
- Individuals seeking to increase awareness and mindfulness
People working in a wide range of professions and life contexts can benefit from this program. No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training.
Compassion training extends beyond helping one feel more empathy and concern for others.
It includes the development of:
- The strength to be present with suffering
- The courage to take compassionate action
- The resilience to prevent compassion fatigue
These qualities support a wide range of goals — from improving personal and work relationships to making a positive difference in the world.
Compassion training can also support one’s own health, happiness, and wellbeing. Preliminary research suggests that the CCT course and similar programs can increase self-compassion and self-care, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and enhance connection with others.
Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more concern and empathy for others. It helps you develop the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and resilience in the face of life’s challenges. Each of us can nurture and grow our compassionate instinct, like a plant carefully cultivated from a seed. This process requires patience, steady care, proper tools and a supportive environment.
This course is an 8-week program 2 hours per session or a 2-3 day intensive (can be combined with Mindful Self-Compassion intensive).