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Compassion Cultivation Training

January 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Sundays, Starting December 3, 10, 17 & 31 and January 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Food and Fellowship: 1:00 – 1:30 pm
  • Class: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Fellowship Hall
  • Led by Robin Hart, Certified CCT Instructor
  • $100 Love Offering for Series (Due on or before December 3)

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Contact Robin Hart for more information about the class. Contact Mary Graham for registration information.



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.


“Each of us can choose to nurture and grow the compassionate instinct, like a plant that is carefully cultivated from a seed.
The process requires patience, proper tools, steady care and a supportive environment.”


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. In CCT the training process includes:

• Daily meditation practices to develop loving kindness, empathy and compassion
• A two-hour weekly class that includes lecture, discussion, and inclass 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.

As a former Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, Robin Hart has facilitated meditation instruction and practice since 2002. Robin became a CCT certified instructor in 2013 and moved from
Southern California in 2014 to the Triangle region.

CCT was created by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dept. of Neurosurgery. ccare.stanford.edu


Suggested Reading List:

Thupten Jinpa, PhD
A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives
Hudson Street Press, 2015

Paul Gilbert
The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life’s Challenges
New Harbinger Publications, 2010

The Dalai Lama
Toward a Kinship of Faiths: How the World’s Religions Can Come Together
Doubleday, 2010

Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science 
by Emma M. Seppälä(ed.) ; Emiliana Simon-Thomas(ed.) ; Stephanie L. Brown(ed.) ;Monica C. Worline(ed.) ; C. Daryl Cameron(ed.) ; James R. Doty(ed.)

Pema Chodrom
The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
Shambala, 2001





Affinite Magazine:

Center For Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin, Madison:

Self Compassion Studies: Kristen Neff:



January 7
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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5570 Munford Road
Raleigh, NC 27612 United States
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5570 Munford Road
Raleigh, NC, 27612