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Embrace your own compassionate nature
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at home, at work, and in your community.

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Through practical exercises and insights, find purpose and happiness by relating to ourselves, others, and the world around us with greater understanding and kindness.

Compassion Institute™ advocates and provides compassion education globally

Developed at Stanford University by experts in contemplative studies, psychology, neuroscience, and adult education, CI’s flagship is Compassion Cultivation Training©(CCT™) backed by scientific research and 10,000+ alumni world-wide.

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Compassion is perhaps the most powerful and effective tool you can use to care for yourself and improve your relationships. The exercises of CCT™ build mental habits that, over time, are demonstrated to open the heart and promote personal well-being, resilience, and meaningful human connections, even in challenging circumstances. Learn more about CCT™ here.

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Check out our Blog and Resources pages with updated news on everything from recent advances in compassion research to field reports from our Compassion Corps℠ teachers helping underserved communities. Learn how you can help heal the world through simple acts of compassion in your daily life.


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“Given human beings' love of truth, justice, peace, and freedom, creating a better, more compassionate world is a genuine possibility.”
- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
“Let us be those creative dissenters who will call our beloved nation to a higher destiny. To a new plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr

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