Written by Leah Weiss.
Many of us are called to make the world a better place, but it isn’t necessarily clear where to start. We want to respond to the big and small suffering in our communities and the larger world but it isn’t straightforward how to do this in a way that is both sustainable for ourselves and objectively impactful. Out of the desire to support people in embodying compassion in the midst of busy, complicated lives, the idea for the Compassion Cultivation Training Protocol was born.
The Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program was developed at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). CCARE investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences. CCT and other featured public events and programs belong to the educational part of CCARE or the E in the acronym CCARE.
The CCT protocol was created by Thupten Jinpa, a former Tibetan monk and the principal English interpreter for the Dalai Lama. The program was enhanced with contributions from an interdisciplinary team of researchers including neuroscientists, psychologists, and contemplative scholars – Kelly McGonigal, Margaret Cullen, Erika Rosenberg, Leah Weiss, and Philippe Goldin.
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