Compassion Cultivation Training

What is compassion?

Compassion is often defined as the feeling that arises when we witness someone suffering and we feel motivated to help the person who is suffering. Thupten Jinpa, (who is the founder of the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) course describes compassion as a multidimensional construct including four components.

  1. An awareness of suffering (cognitive component)
  2. Sympathetic concern related to being emotionally moved by suffering (affective component)
  3. A wish to see the relief of that suffering (intentional component)
  4. A responsiveness, or readiness, to help relieve that suffering (motivational component).

What is CCT?

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is a comprehensive 8-week program, with a dialectical focus on training compassion for one’s own suffering and the suffering of others.

Developed in 2009 at Stanford University by experts in contemplative studies, psychology, neuroscience, and adult education, the effects of CCT is backed by research. It shows that cultivating compassion builds mental habits that, over time, promote personal well-being, resilience, and meaningful human connections, even in challenging circumstances.

The CCT program trains a variety of skills and techniques for emotional and mental well-being and is designed to promote qualities of compassion and empathy, and to cultivate kindness towards self, others, and difficult people. 

To date, more than 10,000 people worldwide have taken a CCT-course. In addition, compassion is making its way into politics, education, healthcare and business. 

Read more about Compassion Cultivation Training at Compassion Institute's website.

Find the latest science of compassion training at Stanford University's website. 

Watch an introduction to Compassion