Compassion Cultivation Training

The Compassion Cultivation Training program is an 8-week program developed at Stanford University, with insights and techniques from psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative practice. CCT is an experiential training that prepares you to show up in life with authentic compassion. Moving through our fears and limitations of compassion can have significant impacts in preventing empathic distress, burnout, and compassion collapse. The program cultivates our internal resources and teaches us to emanate peace, even in the most stressful environments.

Through integrating evidence-based meditation techniques, interactive practices, and real-world exercises, this program helps you bring compassion to action, encouraging us to relate to ourselves and others from a place of understanding. Dr. Gama Lima is a fully certified teacher of CCT(tm) by the Compassion Institute. She brings a wealth of expertise from the field of healthcare and law to the program. Compassion Institute partners with AffinityCE to provide Continuing Education Credits (CMEs) for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, case managers, physical therapists, and social workers.

CCT is an 8-week course, including:

  • Weekly 2-hour class, with lectures, discussions, & in-class interactive exercises
  • Daily meditation practices that progress from week to week
  • “Homework” to help you move new approaches into long term habits


The course is delivered online and in person.

8-week CCT workshop

Week 1 | Steady & calm the mind
Week 2 | Loving-kindness & compassion for a loved one
Week 3 | Compassion for oneself
Week 4 | Loving-kindness for oneself
Week 5 | Common humanity & developing appreciation for others
Week 6 | Compassion for others
Week 7 | Active compassion practice
Week 8 | Integrated daily compassion cultivation practice