Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness for oneself and others. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion and is offered in a secular presentation. The training includes:
Mindfulness: Daily meditation, visualization and breathing practices to develop loving-kindness, empathy and compassion
Coursework: Two-hour weekly classes that include lecture, discussion and in-class listening and communcation exercises with partners and small groups
Assignments: Real-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action
In this course, individuals will learn how to:
Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more concern and empathy for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassion 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.
- Increase kindness and compassion for themselves and others
- Develop deeper levels of serenity, resilience and creativity
- Calm the mind and direct thoughts more positively
- Sharpen their ability to focus and pay attention
- Access a variety of self-care and technique.