Compassion Cultivation Training: Curriculum

The training includes:

Mindfulness

Guided daily meditation, visualization, and breathing practices to be done at home to develop loving-kindness, empathy, and compassion.

Coursework

A weekly 2-hour class that includes lecture, discussion, meditation, and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups.

Assignments

Real-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action

Alumni Group

Course graduates are invited to a free monthly drop-in session at Stanford University for group discussions and updates on the latest compassion research.

Course Syllabus:

Week One: Step One-Settling and Focusing the Mind

  1. Overview and class plan
  2. The Well exercise for setting Intention
  3. Pedagogy
  4. Science
  5. Meditation
  6. Daily practices

Week Two: Step Two – Loving-Kindness and Compassion for a Loved One

  1. Overview and Class Plan
  2. Stabilizing and intention-setting exercise
  3. Pedagogy
  4. Science
  5. Exercise in embodying compassion and other feelings
  6. Meditation
  7. Daily practices

Week Three:  Step 3A – Compassion for Oneself

  1. Overview and Class Plan
  2. Pedagogy
  3. Science
  4. Self-acceptance and self-forgiveness exercises
  5. Meditation

Week Four:  Step 3B – Loving-Kindness for Oneself

  1. Overview and Class Plan
  2. Pedagogy
  3. Science
  4. Self-appreciation exercise
  5. Meditation

Week Five:  Step 4 – Embracing Shared Common Humanity and Developing Appreciation for Others

  1. Overview and Class Plan
  2. Pedagogy
  3. Science
  4. Empathic Attunement
  5. Meditation

Week Six:  Step 5 – Cultivating Compassion for Others

  1. Overview and Class Plan
  2. Pedagogy
  3. Science
  4. Eyes-On Exercise
  5. Meditation
  6. Dedication practice

Week Seven:  Step 6 – Active Compassion Practice

  1. Overview and Class Plan
  2. Pedagogy
  3. Breathe in and Breathe out Exercise
  4. Meditation

Week Eight:  Integrated Daily Compassion Cultivation Practice

  1. Overview and Class Plan
  2. Pedagogy
  3. Science
  4. Meditation
  5. Conclusion