Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) by Compassion Institute, is an 8-week educational program designed to help you improve your resilience and feel more connected to others — ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being.
The program helps you develop qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others, by integrating traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.
The CCT protocol was developed in 2009 at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers and combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.
The training includes:
Coursework: a weekly 2-hour class that includes lecture, discussion, meditation, and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups.
Assignments: Real-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action.
Mindfulness: Guided daily meditation, visualization, and breathing practices to be done at home to develop loving-kindness, empathy, and compassion.
Daily meditation home-practice is assigned.