For now, CCARE is only offering live online Compassion Courses. We will announce any changes in our newsletter. You may subscribe to the CCARE Newsletter by entering your email address in the “JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER ” box at the bottom left of our homepage.
Faqs Compassion Courses
A number of individuals throughout the world have been trained and certified as Compassion Teachers. Browse CCARE’s Global Directory of Compassion Teachers organized by location to find someone in your area. Please contact these teachers individually using the email link or website provided within their bio to inquire about their teaching schedules and locations.
CCARE publishes Compassion Course schedules and registration information quarterly via our website and newsletter. You may subscribe to our newsletter by entering your email address in the “JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER” box at the bottom left of our homepage.
The registration fee for 8-week Compassion Courses is $425 and includes course instruction, materials, and guided meditation recordings.
Yes! You may request reimbursement from your STAP funds by submitting the request through your department’s administrator or manager. Unfortunately, CCARE cannot directly charge your STAP funds.
There is recommended, but not required, reading for the course and a compilation of writings and videos (made available online) that range from peer-reviewed to popular articles, to first-hand writings from ancient and contemporary compassion meditation experts. Each student can take on as much or as little of that as they like. More importantly are the daily meditations. They are 15-20 minutes, and they evolve each week. Students are strongly encouraged to practice those daily, as the development of compassion during the class is “dose dependent” and the meditations, as well as other quick, informal weekly practices support that development. The course is as much about experiencing compassion as learning about it.
It’s to the student’s advantage to attend all eight classes in order to get the most out of the course, as each class involves lectures and group discussions that are key components of the training process.
Since classes are not recorded, if you know ahead of time that you will need to miss one class or more, we suggest you wait to register for a course at a time when you’ll likely be able to attend all sessions. Having said this, our instructors are familiar with and understand the unpredictability of modern life and will help orient you to any materials if you miss a class.
If you’re an enrolled student and know you will miss the first class in advance, please contact the instructor by emailing CompassionEducation@stanford.edu.
For a full refund, the cancellation request must be received via email 2 weeks (14 calendar days) before the first class meeting. For a refund minus a $75 processing fee, the cancellation request must be received via email between 2 weeks and 3 business days before the first class meeting. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received fewer than 3 business days before the first class meeting. All cancellation requests must be submitted by email to CompassionEducation@stanford.edu.
No, Compassion Courses offered by CCARE do not offer academic credit.
Yes, students must be at least 18 years old to participate in the courses.
No, due to the participatory nature of the courses only registered students may attend.