Compassion Cultivation Training©

CCT™ is a six-step program designed at Stanford University to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others and is taught around the world by certified facilitators.

We currently offer the program online, taught over a period of eight weeks, or eight hours. When it's safe, we'll offer this program in-person.


Eight-week course

  • Weekly, two-hour sessions.

  • The minimum recommended class size is 10 participants, with a maximum of 28 participants.

  • The next course will start at the following dates:

    • Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 at 3:00 – 5:00 PM  NST.

    • Thursday, October 6th, 2022 at 7:00 – 9:00 PM  NST. 

    • Saturday, October 8th, 2022 at 11:00 – 1:00 PM  NST.

CAD $390

+ processing fees


Compassion Cultivation Workshop

  • A 60-90 minute facilitated workshop.

  • Please contact Dr. Scully for more information.

If life  interrupt your ability to take the class , you can chose to move  to  another time and or/to have your fees refunded.

 The standard fee is CAD $390. This is set by the Compassion Institute. A small fee is charged to cover payment processing through a secure platform. Fees may be paid in installments divided over three, six or twelve months. 

 If you are experiencing illness or hardship, the less intensive course or a short private session may be more helpful. The fee for people paying in other currencies will be:

  • CAD $390 if the local currency is more valuable that the Canadian dollar
  • $390 in the local currency where the local currency is less valuable than the Canadian Dollar.

What is Compassion Cultivation Training©?

The Compassion Cultivation Training program (CCT™) is a six-step program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others.

The training integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.

The program was developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford medical school.

CCT involves training our minds, developing specific skills in how we relate to ourselves and others, and intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions.

Please note that it is very important that people suffering from unprocessed trauma seek professional help to process their trauma. David Treleaven is very helpful to understand how to safely heal from trauma,whilst also beginning a mindfulness practice.

What are the reported effects of CCT™?

Students will have their own unique experience. However, research demonstrates CCT™ may lead to:

  • Awareness of happiness and calm
  • Acceptance of existing emotions
  • Self-acceptance
  • Job satisfaction
  • Compassion and caring for self and others
  • Openness to receiving compassion from others

How is the program delivered?

CCT™ is offered on Zoom and includes:

  • Classes of two hours with didactic talks/lectures, discussions, interactive listening, and communication exercises to strengthen compassion.
  • Daily meditation practices to improve awareness.
  • At-home practices to shift learning into long-term habits.


A certificate will be provided to everyone who completes the course.

These courses are appropriate for continuous education credits.

Your Instructor, Dr. Frances Scully

Certified CCT Instructor

Getting Started

Click the button below to complete registration.

Check your inbox for a welcome email with details about joining the course.

Download the student workbook and say hello in our private Mighty Network group.

Get ready for your first session!


Week 1: Settling the Mind

Week 2: Loving-Kindness and Compassion for a Loved One

Week 3: Self-Compassion

Week 4: Loving-Kindness for Oneself

Week 5: Embracing Shared Common Humanity and Developing Appreciation of Others

Week 6: Cultivating Compassion for Others

Week 7: Active Compassion Practice

Week 8: Integrated Compassion Cultivation Practice

Learn More

What is Compassion?

Compassion is a core human attitude, capacity, and skill. An equivalent capacity is found in some non human beings .Compassion requires us to cultivate our ability to recognize and be with suffering, coupled with a desire to relieve this suffering.

Compassion and kindness are complementary but different. Both include a set of attitudes, qualities, and skills. Some neuroscientists report that humans are born with a potentially infinite capacity to cultivate compassion. As with every skill, our abilities grow with regular practice and support. Suffering is a universal human experience. At some time in our lives, we will all experience suffering.

Neuroplasticity demonstrates that although this can take time and effort, it is possible to consciously choose to change our attitudes, behaviors, and thought processes. Academics and scientists are also now sharing that when individuals and communities focus on creating healthy prosocial attitudes, behaviors, and relationships, we create societies in which individuals, groups, and entire communities flourish.

Sadly, many of us were taught to disconnect from our hearts and bodies, despite the reality that this is physiologically impossible. Over time, disconnecting our brains, hearts, and bodies is damaging to our health and wellbeing, our communities, nations and our entire interconnected planetary systems. 

What is Compassionate Empathy?

Compassionate empathy allows us to recognize, choose to respond to, and relieve our own suffering and that of others. Compassion is a core human ability, which can be learned and taught. We are members of a 7.8 billion, unimaginably immense, extended human family, hence there are more than 7.8 billion ways to cultivate and practice compassion.

Compassion is embodied. A compassionate response requires activation and signaling between our hearts, minds, and bodies.

Cultivating a Fearless Heart

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the Compassion Cultivation Training© Meditation Course

In the 21st century, some major institutions are recognizing our cultural need to study both the science, philosophy, and the wisdom traditions that promote compassion. One such Academic Centre is the Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education founded and Directed by Dr. Jim Doty, at Stanford Medical School. Dr. Doty is a gifted neurosurgeon, who has been inspired to study the neuroscience of compassion.Inspired by H.H., the Dalai Lama, Dr. Doty invited Dr. Thupten Jinpa Ph.D., who came to Stanford to develop an eight-week, six-step compassion-focused meditation course. Dr. Thupten Jinpa achieved the very difficult to obtain Tibetan Buddhist certification, as a Geshe as a very young monk. Later he chose to study and obtain a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Cambridge University in Great Britain. Jinpa also chose to experience the joy of family. He is married and lives with his beautiful family in Montréal. He is also the main English translator for H. H. the Dalai Lama. This richly layered course has been further developed and extensively researched and studied by dedicated and experienced faculty at the Center for Compassion and Altruism and partners around the globe.Its sister organization the Compassion Institute founded by Jinpa is working to bring the gift of this life-altering course to all who seek such a practice. Faculty have also developed a new 8-hour intensive version of this course and the talented staff at Compassion IT are developing courses for busy people.

Founders Autobiographies

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