Program Update – July 2015

Thank you for your interest in becoming a certified teacher of the 8-week Compassion Cultivation Training course developed at CCARE, Stanford University. Currently we are in the process of completing the certification process for the 2014 training cohort.

After completing the certification process for the 2014 program and conducting an analytic program review, an update on the status of the next certification program will be announced. It is likely that this update will be available in early 2016 and will be made through the CCARE newsletter, the CCT distribution list, CCARE’s social media sites (Facebook and Twitter), and posted to this webpage.

If you would like to receive an update about future certification programs when the information becomes available, please email to be added to the CCT email list. We regret that at this time, information (application requirements, start dates, costs, etc) regarding future certification programs is not available. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

In the meantime, we value your commitment to compassion and encourage you to support your interest by:

  • Taking the 8-week CCT course, if you’re able. It’s to each person’s benefit to have experienced the 8-week CCT course before applying to the teaching certification program. It will allow you the opportunity to discover if the class resonates on a personal level and is something you would like to learn to teach to others. Click here for details on taking the course at Stanford. Click here for a global directory of certified CCT teachers who can be contacted to see if the are teaching the course closer to your home.
  • Reading A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, by the CCT protocol’s senior author, Thupten Jinpa, PhD.
    This book includes in-depth discussions on the practices and effects of Compassion Cultivation Training.
  • Attending a CCARE event or viewing our extensive video archive of past events which host talks and lectures with some of the world’s best known or up-and-coming compassion research scientists, educators and practitioners.
  • Subscribing to CCARE’s e-newsletter which shares news about events, articles and videos regarding compassion research and education. E-newsletters are issued about two times a month during the academic school year. Subscribe by entering your email address in the “Subscribe to CCARE” box on the bottom left side of our homepage.
  • Liking CCARE on Facebook and following us on Twitter to stay updated about the latest in compassion research and related events.

Program Summary

CCARE’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program is a part-time training and certification program for professionals who want to teach the eight-week Compassion Cultivation Training course. Trainees who fulfill all of the program requirements, including a period of supervised and independent teaching, may then become certified to teach CCT courses in their respective communities.

The CCT course is an  eight-week educational program that combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help participants to learn how to lead a more compassionate life. The course was designed by a team of psychologists, scientists, and contemplative scholars at Stanford University. Click here to read more about CCT.

Thupten Jinpa, the senior author of CCT, describes the course’s primary aim in these words: “What CCT aims to do is to make people become more aware and more connected with their compassionate nature so that their instinctive response to a given situation will come from that compassionate understanding standpoint rather than negative excessive judgment.”

The CCT Teacher Certification Program is an opportunity for committed individuals to deepen in their own practice of compassion at the service of facilitating this process in others.

For reference purposes, detailed information about the most recent program offered (in 2014) can be accessed here.

Subscribe to the CCT email distribution list to receive notifications and updates on the Teacher Certification Program by sending an email request to

Program FAQs

Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the Teacher Certification Program can be found by clicking here.