CCT is an 8-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The training includes: Guided daily meditation, visualization, and breathing practices to be done at home to develop loving-kindness, empathy, and compassion. A weekly 2-hour class that include lecture, discussion, meditation, and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups
Dates: Saturday Mornings: October 29 thru December 17, 2016
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Dzogchen Community West 2748 Adeline Street, Suite D, Berkeley, CA 94703
Above the Crixia Bakery – Entrance is through Iron Gate.
Cost: $165 – $275 sliding scale. Please consider paying the most you can, knowing this allows for others to attend. A portion of all proceeds will go toward supporting the Dzogchen Community.
No previous meditation experience is necessary. The training is secular in nature and appropriate for anyone wishing to bring active compassion into their lives. Those familiar with mediation and contemplative compassion practices will find their practice refreshed
Certified Instructors: Dawa Gail Lorien and Mary Doane will bring to this course many years of collective experience. For Mary, teaching CCT joins threads of study and practice that have carried through her life for more than 20 years. Currently she is a Volunteer Caregiver Training facilitator and lead instructor of the Mindful Caregiver Education program at Zen Hospice Project. Mary has taught CCT at Stanford and Zen Hospice. Dawa began her training in Buddhist practice in 1975, completed her training as a Lama in 1985. Dawa has taught CCT at Cancer Support Community and at the Dzogchen Community as well as offering Compassion Practice at Solano State Prison and at Paleaku Peace Gardens in Kona Hawaii. Her life’s objective is a seamless integration of meditation practice and compassion into daily life—balancing a contemplative retreat life with family and work.