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 wellbeing. The 8-week protocol was developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University. It integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.


Cultivating compassion involves developing the strength, empathy, and kindness to care for yourself and others in a wise, balanced and sustainable way. CCT aims to 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 communication in relationships, increased ability to handle stressful situations, , greater psychological wellbeing, higher job satisfaction, and even increasing your 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.