Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)
Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy and love for oneself and others. CCT, developed at Stanford University by a team led by Geshe Tupten Jinpa, Tibetan scholar and principal translator of the Dalai Lama, using insights and techniques from psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative practice. The course integrates evidence-based meditation techniques, interactive discussions, and lectures as well as real-world exercises to put learning into practice.
Compassion is a basic sense of caring, sensitivity and openness to one’s own and others’ suffering and the sincere intention to try to alleviate it. When compassion arises in our heart, our mind is freed from negative judgments and obsessive preoccupation with self, constituting a natural source of inner and outer peace.
Training in the cultivation of compassion allows us to be aware that in everything we do we are connected to others. Learning that we are all one, we are all in the same boat, and more so in moments of vulnerability and fragility when we need each other.
Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more empathy and concern for others. Cultivating compassion brings forth the strength to be with suffering, the courage to act with compassion, and the resilience to prevent “compassion fatigue.” These qualities in turn facilitate and support a range of positive changes, from improving interpersonal relationships to making a positive difference in the world.
Meditations based on the 8-week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) program created at University of Massachusetts by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.
The definition of Mindfulness is consciously paying attention to the present experience with curiosity and acceptance.
In these meditations we cultivate the ability to intentionally direct our attention to the present moment without judgment. We train attention as an ability to observe cognitive and emotional processes so as not to be carried away by them unconsciously.
Meditation is about creating a space, a breath, a pause before we get carried away by our thoughts, habits, and emotions that are the basis of our discomfort, stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction. From this pause you can learn to take a more complete view of life and reality.
The objective is to learn to live here and now.
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