Compassion Cultivation Training begins Monday 9/10 from 6-8 PM at Stanley Marketplace. Register now!
In the beginning…
In 2005, the Dalai Lama visited Stanford University and engaged in a dialogue with Stanford scientists from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and medicine. These initial conversations led to an interest in the development of a secular, science-based education course to teach people how they may cultivate compassion in their own lives.
The development of this course was led by the Dalia Lama's long time English language translator, Thupten Jinpa, PhD (pictured here), in collaboration with a team of psychologists, neuroscientists and contemplative scholars and practitioners from Stanford University.
What is Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT)?
- A secular, science-based eight-week program
- Designed to help everyone develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others
- This happens via classroom discussion, lecture, in the moment exercises and experiments, and take home practice.
- The CCT curriculum aims to meet you where you are, integrating current and emerging research, wisdom from many spiritual traditions, and your own experience.
Is this like school?
No. There are no pop quizzes and no final essay. You can still wear sweatpants if you’d like.
In CCT, the training is comprised of:
- A two-hour class every week for eight weeks that includes lecture, discussion, and in-class exercises
- Real-world “homework”* assignments to practice compassionate thoughts and actions
- Daily* meditation practices to develop loving kindness, empathy, and compassion
*Both personal experience and preliminary research indicates a ‘dose effect’ – the more you put into this course, the more you can get out of it. That being said, being kind to yourself and accepting what you're able to do within your current life is wonderful self-compassion.
Doing this right looks different for each person, in each unique moment of their life.
Why would I do this?
To be nicer. Just kidding. Kind of.
I’ll tell you why I’m happy I did it. Because life is hard and unpredictable. And this course helped me:
- strengthen my ability and willingness to be with suffering (such as stress, sadness, anxiety, anger, guilt, and grief)
- increase my capacity to be open and learn from difficulties instead of shutting down or tuning out
- be calmer, happier, and kinder (to others and myself)
Preliminary research also suggests that the CCT course and similar programs can increase self-compassion and self-care, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and enhance connection with others.
Who participates in CCT?
CCT is designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and for others. This includes parents, caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals, therapists, executives, public servants, and people in a wide range of professions and life contexts.
When: September and October Monday evenings 6-8 PM beginning 9/10. Additional classes will be scheduled for evenings and afternoons in the spring.
Where: Dr Kerry’s office in Stanley Marketplace
How much: The cost of the Compassion Cultivation Training is $395 for the 8 week, 16 hour class. *Bring a friend and you both get 50% off*
This translates to approximately $25 per an hour, or a little more than a drop in yoga class. While this costs helps support Dr Kerry’s bills, office costs, and continuing education, no person will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact me if you would like to attend the class and aren’t able to afford the full class fee.