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Compassion Cultivation Training

Repeats every week every Sunday 8 times except Sun Apr 22 2018.
1:30 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018

Humans have a natural capacity for compassion. However, everyday stress, social pressures and everyday experiences can make it difficult to fully express this capacity.
The process of cultivating compassion involves training our own minds, developing specific skills in how we relate to others, and ourselves, and intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions. The training process includes:

  • Daily meditation practices to develop loving kindness, empathy and compassion
  • A two-hour weekly class that includes lecture, discussion, and in-class partner and small-group listening and communication exercises
  • Real-world “homework” assignments to practice compassionate thoughts and actions.

In this program, you will learn to:

  • Cultivate/enhance a daily meditation practice
  • Increase kindness and compassion
  • Calm the mind and direct thoughts more positively
  • Sharpen the ability to focus and pay attention

Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more empathy and concern for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and the resilience to prevent compassion fatigue. Compassion Cultivation can:
•    Improve personal relationships
•    Support health, happiness and well-being
•    Increase self-compassion and self-care
•    Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
•    Enhance connection with others
CCT is designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and others. This includes parents, caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals, therapists, executives, public servants and people in a wide range of professions and life contexts. No previous meditation experience is required.

Registration is limited; pre-registration is required. You may register here.

This course is offered within Kadampa Center's tradition of relying completely on the heartfelt generosity of the students to cover our costs and to thank the course leader for her expertise. Other venues charge as much as $100 to attend. We happily accept all donations! You can offer donations at class time, or click here:

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Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The program was developed at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers, including Dr. Thubten Jinpa, a former Buddhist monk who frequently acts as English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

This is an independent course that was not developed by FPMT. 

About the course leader: 

Robin Hart has facilitated meditation instruction and practice since 2002. Robin became a CCT certified instructor in 2013 and moved from Southern California to the Triangle region in 2014.

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