What is Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)?

Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT) is a very practical 8 week educational program designed to help you improve your resilience and feel more connected to others—ultimately cultivating a sense of overall well-being.

The 8-week protocol was developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University.


CCT is designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others by integrating traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.

Cultivating compassion involves developing the strength to care for yourself and others in a balanced and sustainable way. The practices taught in CCT promote the strength to be with suffering, the courage to act wisely, and the resilience to prevent compassion collapse. These skills can support a wide range of intentions, including better engagement and communication in relationships, increased ability to handle stressful situations, higher job satisfaction, greater psychological wellbeing and even increasing you capacity to make 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 sector workers, 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.