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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

Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT™), was developed in 2009 at Stanford University by principal author Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D, with contributions from our Founding Faculty.
An 8-week program for the general public, 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.

Unlocking our best human qualities through the transformative power of compassion.

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.
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What does CCT™ look like?


CCT is an 8-week course, including:

  • 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:

  • Support for your health, happiness, and well-­­being
  • Reduction of stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Improvements in relating to others and the world



Can I get Continuing Education credits?


Compassion Institute partners with AffinityCE to provide Continuing Education Credits (CMEs) for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, case managers, physical therapists, and social workers. CMEs are available for select CCT classes.


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].


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.


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