Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)

8 consecutive Wednesdays, April 3rd to May 22nd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT) 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. This course 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.

The Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) was developed at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and the Compassion Institute (CI) by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists and researchers.

Why Cultivate Compassion?

Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more empathy and concern for others. The program helps to develop skills in relating to ourselves and others with compassion. It strengthens our ability to choose thoughts, attitudes and perspectives that lead to positive changes in the way we respond to our own suffering and that of others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and the resilience to prevent compassion fatigue.

These qualities support a wide range of goals, from improving personal relationships to making a positive difference in the world. Compassion cultivation can also support one’s own health, happiness, and well-being. Preliminary research suggests that CCT and similar programs can increase self-compassion and self-care, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, while also increasing compassion for oneself and for others.

This 8-week training includes:

  • 2 hours per week of meditation instruction & practice, lectures, skill-building exercises and group discussions
  • Access to audio tracks to facilitate home-based practice
  • Suggestions for “on the go” compassion in action exercises to help integrate class material in daily life

Who Can Benefit from CCT:

  • Parents and caregivers
  • Activists
  • Educators
  • Mental health and healthcare professionals
  • Anyone interested in developing more compassion for themselves and others
  • Meditation practitioners who want to refresh, expand or deepen their practice

A commitment to attend each session is requested. While no previous meditation experience is required, we ask that participants practice a guided daily meditation as a key component of the training.

Class length: 8 weeks starting Wednesday, April 3rd to Wednesday, May 22nd.

Class size: Limited to 25 participants – pre-registration is required

Can I get CE Credits for taking this course? YES!

CCT students can earn 14 CE Credits with full participation.

CEs are available for psychologists, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, LMFTs, and nurses.*

*CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center
(SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center
is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education
for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for
this program and its content. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. The California Board of
Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal
for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological
Association. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact
Compassion Institute, Inc. at . For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

CCT Facilitator:

Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi is a Certified Teacher of the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program.

Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi first became interested in meditation and Buddhism after reading Be Here Now and early translations of Buddhist sutras in the early 1970s, and then in early 1991 she became a student of Tibetan Buddhism. From 1992 to 2000, Venerable Tenzin was director of Vajrapani Institute, co-director the FPMT International Office, and coordinator of FPMT Center Services. She also completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period.

Venerable Tenzin took novice ordination in 2004 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2006 she became a touring teacher in the FPMT, and began teaching in prisons on behalf of the Liberation Prison Project.

Venerable Tenzin is authorized by the FPMT to teach at both the foundational and in-depth levels, and is also a teacher of Cultivating Emotional Balance (a secular program developed by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I want to register for a class but will need to miss a class or two. Is that okay?

It is strongly recommended that students attend all classes. If you plan on missing more than one class, it is advised to wait and register for a course at a time when you’ll likely be able to attend all sessions. If you’ve already registered and know you will miss a class in advance, please contact the instructor. Each class builds on the previous one, so missing a class can impact your ability to engage in exercises and activities and get the full benefit of the course.

  • How much meditation experience is required?

No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training.

Date(s): 8 consecutive Wednesdays, April 3rd to May 22nd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Times: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi
Type of event:
Number of sessions: 8
Level: Open to all.
Participation: Regular attendance is requested.
Location: Main Gompa
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