I’m excited to welcome you to Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)!
CCT is an experiential learning course, meaning we will learn by:
- completing homework practices and participating in class meetings
- reflecting on our experience
- using the classroom as a “petri dish” for practicing compassionate interactions
- giving ourselves to the CCT process and practices
- being willing to question our ideas about compassion
Homework will include up to about 20 minutes of daily meditation. If you’re not already in the habit of setting aside time in your day for reflection, meditation, stretching or just sitting quietly (tech-free), I suggest you schedule 10-20 minutes each day to do one of these things, leading up to class.
CCT can be a fun and transformative course, because of the insight we each bring to the group.
I’ve noticed students who get the most benefit out of CCT are the ones who make a serious commitment to the practices and class attendance. This will be especially important for the 6 week version of the course. If you need to miss more than one session, please let me know in advance.
Each week in class you’ll receive a handout with practice instructions and a place to write notes and record your practice sessions. I’ll follow up each class with an email that will summarize the class and provide you with practice instructions again.
You’ll also have access to the Students’ page about a week before class starts. That’s where I put all the fun extra readings and videos that are optional, supplemental content.
I highly recommend the book A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives by Thupten Jinpa, PhD, the lead author of the CCT curriculum. You may also want to check out some of the videos here on the blog
Please feel free to contact me before class if you have any questions, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 541-588-2719.