CCT is based on a similar structure to the MBSR (Mindful Based Stress Reduction) course which is now prescribed by the NHS in the UK. It offers mindfulness, as well as compassion focused practices which can help develop emotional resilience, empathy, and improve relationships, whilst reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.
CCT is a relatively new course in secular meditation, rooted in centuries-old practices. It was developed at Stanford University’s Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), where the Dalai Lama is patron. The CCT course integrates traditional meditation practice with contemporary psychology and scientific research.
What is Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)?
CCT provides a very practical framework for developing compassion for yourself and others. It’s an eight-week program which integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The program was developed at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers. It’s important to note that the course aims to develop your skill set, and while it may have therapeutic benefits, it isn’t therapy.
Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more empathy and concern for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and the resilience to prevent compassion collapse. These qualities support a wide range of goals, from improving personal relationships to making a positive difference in the world.
Who is CCT it for?
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. You don’t need any experience of meditation, and experienced meditators are also very welcome.