CCT Course Schedules - Stanford University & San Jose

Upcoming Courses:

  • If you would like to sign-up for one of my upcoming CCT courses at Stanford University, please visit the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) here for upcoming course offerings.



  • 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.

    For more information about CCT, please visit the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) website here.