June 13 – 16, 2019
What is it?
Explore Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) – A Special Weekend Immersion guided by two senior-level Stanford CCT instructors, Monica Hanson and Robert Cusick. The CCT immersion experience is unique both in its deep focus and the pristine contemplative space in which it is being offered, surrounded by the natural beauty of Vajrapani Institute. CCT was developed by Thupten Jinpa, PhD — English language translator for his Holiness the Dalai Lama for over 30 years — in collaboration with a team of psychologists, scientists and contemplative scholars and practitioners from Stanford University.
In this immersion, you will have the opportunity to develop practical skills for strengthening access to your own compassion and connecting with universal compassion by:
- Exploring specifically selected teachings and practices for self-compassion;
- Extending compassion to others safely; and
- Finding ease in challenging relationships and courage in difficult circumstances.
This ‘immersion’ will include talks, compassion meditations, small and large group discussions, skills training, self-reflection, and experiential exercises. You will also learn about the research and science-backed benefits of training compassion, and skills for sharing these practices with others. Selected readings will be included from Thupten Jinpa’s book based on this training: A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives.
Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.
A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, Thubten Jinpa.
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. Below is a talk given by Dr. Thupten Jinpa 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.
For more information see the Stanford CCT website.
This workshop is eligible for 16 hours of Continuing Education credits.
American Psychological Association: The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association. LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. For questions about these CE accreditations, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat
- Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat
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If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.
Ordained monastics should contact the office directly to register.