Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT)
|Learn how to train your mind to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions and develop skills that help you relate to others—and yourself.|
Registration is now OPEN.
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(space will be limited so please be sure to pre-register)
Instructor: Robert Cusick
Dates: April 6th – May 25th, 2016
Eight Wednesdays | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Palo Alto (Kara) |1140 Cowper Street, Library Lounge| First Presbyterian Church (right behind the Kara House)
Course Fee: $325 | CEU’s are available through Kara
CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training™) is an 8-week course that was developed in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. It was designed to cultivate the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness in and for oneself and others. It combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology, scientific research and experiential processes that can help you to both allow and understand the many different ways compassion can be experienced — in order to lead a more compassionate life.
Scientific studies suggest that a kind and compassionate attitude can greatly reduce the distress people feel in difficult situations and become a profound personal resource in times of stress. Through instruction and the interactive nature of the processes incorporated in this course, you will have opportunities to cultivate new ways in which to access, recognize, and strengthen compassion and empathy − as a response to the ever-present challenges that characterize our human experience.
In this course, participants will explore questions about the nature of compassion relevant to the ebb & flow of their own real-world daily life experiences. The content of the course is holistic, meaning various modalities have been woven into its design to address the multiplicity of levels and richness of our shared common humanity. Processes include: Guided compassion techniques, some movement and breathing exercises, meditation exercises, along with contemplative practices and inquiry — intended to release that which blocks your ability to access the qualities of empathy, connection, openhearted presence and compassion.
Robert Cusick trained at Stanford University in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and is a Certified Stanford CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) Instructor who teaches at Stanford University and in multiple other venues. He studied in the Soto Zen tradition at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond approach with A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), and in Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s multi-year Dedicated Practioner’s Program with Jack Kornfield and others. As a former monk, he ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master, Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, and studied with him from 2003 to 2012. He currently provides bereavement support for adults and children at Kara,in Palo Alto, where he teaches, directs, and/or co-facilitates trainings for Kara’s Adult Services Program and Youth & Family Program. Robert sits on the board of directors of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.
You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the waiver of liability and cancellation/refund policy below and electronically sign by selecting the checkbox for the waiver and selecting the checkbox for the cancellation/refund policy. Students must understand and complete the waiver and cancellation/refund policy in order to register for and attend CCT courses.
Waiver of Liability
I accept full responsibility for my health and voluntarily complete this Acknowledgment and Waiver of Liability. I understand and agree that the services and tools offered by Robert Cusick, Stanford University, CCARE and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) are not intended to replace or be substituted for medical or psychiatric care. It is recognized that the trainings may at times make participants feel vulnerable. CCT is not a therapeutic intervention for psycho-pathological disorders as defined in the DSM, and is not meant to be used as such. By completing this release and consent I assume all risk for any physical or mental consequences of participating in the course. By signing this release I also specifically and expressly agree to hold harmless, indemnify and release Robert Cusick, Stanford University, CCARE, CCT, and all training staff and each of their respective employees, partners, agents and associates from any and all liability for the results of the educational guidance that will be or has been provided. Moreover, I acknowledge that the particulars shared in this class by other participants are to be maintained as confidential. I will not blog or otherwise report on content shared in this class in any form of media. I also acknowledge that taking this course does not entitle participants to teach course content or represent themselves as affiliates to CCARE/Stanford University.
Full refunds may only be issued if your cancellation request is received no later than two (2) weeks prior to the first class session. A partial refund (minus a $75 processing fee) may be issued if the cancellation request is received between 2 weeks and 3 business days before the first class session. No refunds will be made for cancellations less than 3 business days before the first class session. All refund requests must be sent by email to email@example.com.
Or, to pay by mail:
Please make your check payable to Robert Cusick and mail to:
90 E. Portola Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022
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