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Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training Immersion

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In this special immersion retreat, participants will probe real-world questions such as: What is compassion? What blocks it? Are there limits to compassion? Is there a difference between empathy and compassion? If living from compassion is all it’s cracked up to be, why is self-compassion so difficult?

You will learn through instruction, meditation, mindfulness and experiential exercises how to cultivate the daily-life skills needed to strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. You will also learn about research demonstrating the benefits of training compassion, and skills for sharing these practices with others.


Dates

May 3, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Level

All Levels


What is CCT?

The Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) protocol is a course developed in the Center for Compassion & Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, School of Medicine. The course, designed by Thupten Jinpa PhD, in collaboration with contemplative scholars, psychologists, and scientist practitioners at Stanford, explores teachings and practices to strengthen self-compassion, extend compassion to others safely, find peace in challenging relationships and courage in difficult circumstances.

Below is a talk given by Dr. Thupten Jingpa at the Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions, that took place July 19 – 22, 2012 in Telluride Colorado. Dr. Jinpa is principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, co-founder of The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, and main author of the Compassion Cultivation Training program.

Continuing Education

CEs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program. Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. For questions about CE visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at david.lukoff@gmail.com

Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.


  • 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017

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Teacher Bio

 

Robert Cusick

Trained at Stanford University in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is a Certified Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training instructor and teaches CCT at Stanford University School of Medicine and in multiple other venues. He studied in the Soto Zen tradition while in residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond approach with A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center with Jack Kornfield, Gil Fronsdal​ and others. As a long time meditator and former monk, Robert ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master, Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, and studied with him from 2003 – 2012. He currently provides individual bereavement support for adults and children and co-leads men’s grief groups at Kara in Palo Alto where he coordinates and directs training for their Adult, Youth & Family, and Community Outreach programs. Robert sits on the Board of Directors of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies. His practice is focused on recognizing and cultivating compassion through the application of mindfulness. You can contact him at: info@thecompassiontrain.com.
 

Monica Hanson

Monica Hanson is a Senior Teacher at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Stanford University. She has taught the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program for the public at Stanford School of Medicine since 2011 and with Stanford students since 2010. Monica is also a member of the leadership team at CCARE that co-developed and launched the Compassion Cultivation Teacher Training Certification program in 2011. In 2013, Monica was the lead teacher in a research study for Stanford Medicine Neuroscience and Pain Lab, examining the effects of compassion training, chronic pain and the impact on significant others. Monica lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and her family, friends, mentors, colleagues, participants in her courses, and those that cannot participate are the inspiration for her practice.

Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.

Fees (inclusive of accommodation, meals, retreat fees)
Option A Option B
Camping $368.00 $460.00
Main Dormitory $476.00 $620.00
Semi-Private Dormitory $516.00 $660.00
Private Room $716.00 $860.00
Private Room SHARE OPTION $440.00 $580.00
Cabin $856.00 $1,000.00
Cabin SHARE OPTION $460.00 $640.00
10% membership discounts are applicable for members.
SPONSORSHIP
Level 1: One Student $170.00
Level 2: Two Students $340.00

 

Financial Aid is Available

None

We want to make retreat available to everyone.  With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at office@vajrapani.org