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Compassion Cultivation Training©

An 8 week course designed at Stanford University and taught around the world by certified facilitators

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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

Real-world assignments

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

What effects can I expect?

While everyone will have their own unique experience, research has shown CCT can lead to:

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].