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Compassion Cultivation Training©
An 8 week course designed at Stanford University and taught around the world by certified facilitators
A proven program with global reach
An 8-week program for the general public, Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT™) draws on insights and techniques from psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative practice.
The course integrates evidence-based meditation techniques, interactive discussions, and lectures as well as real-world exercises to put learning into practice.
CCT™ is taught worldwide and offers practical skills, tools, and knowledge. As a graduate, you establish the habit of relating to yourself, others, and the world around you from a place of greater understanding, joy, and purpose.
CCT™ was developed in 2009 at Stanford University by principal author Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D, with contributions from our Founding Faculty.
What does CCT look like?
Weekly 2 hour class
including lecture, discussion, and in-class exercises
Daily meditation practices
for practicing compassionate thoughts and actions
The 8-Week CCT Journey
Week 1 Settling and focusing the mind
Week 2 Loving-kindness & compassion for a loved one
Week 3 Compassion for oneself
Week 4 Loving-kindness for oneself
Week 5 Embracing shared common humanity and developing appreciation for others
Week 6 Cultivating compassion for others
Week 7 Active compassion practice
Week 8 Integrated daily compassion cultivation practice
CCT is taught worldwide.
Can I get Continuing Education credits?
Compassion Institute partners with AffinityCE to provide Continuing Education Credits (CMEs) for members of certain professions in select CCT classes.
CMEs may be available for:
Participants must attend a minimum of 7 out of 8 sessions to qualify for CMEs and will receive 14 CMEs if they meet the requirements. If you are interested in receiving CME credits, please reach out to your instructor before registering to ensure that CME credits will be available, or contact Compassion Institute at [email protected].