CCT Course Schedules - Stanford University & San Jose

Upcoming Courses:


Dates: Mondays - October 2nd - November 20th
Time: 7-9pm
Location: 1922 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
Course fee: $395
Complete the course registration form here

Class Dates:
Monday, October 2nd
Monday, October 9th
Monday, October 16th
Monday, October 23rd
Monday, October 30th
Monday, November 6th
Monday, November 13th
Monday, November 20th

Continuing Education (CE) information: In collaboration with SCRC and David Lukoff, Ph.D., this course meets the qualifications for 16 hours of CE credit for Psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and RNs. For information and details please see here. Please note the CE fee for this course is an additional $35 (payable via check to SCRC).


Date: Thursdays - September 28th - November 16th
Time: 12-2pm
Location: Li Ka Shing Center at Stanford University | 291 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305
For more information about the course please read here.
Course fee: $395
Registration date: Wednesday, August 16th
Please register here beginning on Wednesday, August 16th.

Class Dates:
Thursday, September 28th
Thursday, October 5th
Thursday, October 12th
Thursday, October 19th
Thursday, October 26th
Thursday, November 2nd
Thursday, November 9th
Thursday, November 16th

Future CCT Courses in San Jose

If you are interested in upcoming course offerings in San Jose, please complete this interest form here

Specific course content includes:

Week 1: Introduction to the course and introduction to settling and focusing the mind
The first class includes an introduction to the course content, instructor, and fellow students. In-class discussion and practice will include: connecting with your intention for taking CCT right now, what is compassion, what does it mean to "train" compassion. We will practice cultivating the skill of focusing the mind through breath focus meditation. This step is considered foundational for all other practices in this program.

Week 2: Loving-kindness and compassion for a loved one (step 2)
This class is designed to help participants recognize what the experiences of love, kindness, and compassion feel like when they occur for a loved one. The meditation and practical exercises offered in this step aim to help practitioners recognize the physical and physiological signs of the feelings of warmth, tenderness, concern, and compassion towards a loved one.

Week 3: Compassion for oneself (step 3a)
In this class, we turn our attention to developing qualities such as greater self-acceptance, tenderness, nonjudgment and caring towards oneself. Connecting with one´s own feelings and needs and relating to them with compassion is the basis for developing a compassionate stance toward others.

Week 4: Loving-kindness for oneself (step 3b)
This week we continue to develop the qualities of warmth, appreciation, joy, and gratitude towards oneself. While the previous step (3a) focused on self-acceptance, this step (3b) focuses on developing appreciation for oneself.

Week 5: Embracing shared common humanity and developing appreciation of others (step 4)
This week we establish the basis for compassion toward others through two key elements: 1) recognizing our shared common humanity or basic "sameness" and the fundamental shared aspiration for happiness and overcoming suffering, and 2) appreciating the kindness of others and how human beings are deeply interconnected.

Week 6: Cultivating compassion for others (step 5)
On the basis of the previous step, participants begin to cultivate compassion for all beings by moving from focusing on a loved one to focusing on a neutral person, then on a difficult person, and finally on all beings.

Week 7: Active compassion practice (step 6)
This step involves explicit evocation of the altruistic wish to do something about others’ suffering. The formal sitting practice known as "giving and taking" or "giving and receiving", essentially takes the form of a visualization practice where the practitioner imagines taking away the suffering of others and giving them what is beneficial in oneself.

Week 8: Closing and integrated daily compassion cultivation practice
In this final class, the essential elements of all six steps are combined into an integrated compassion meditation practice that can continue to be done daily by participants who choose to adopt it.