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.