Date(s) - Sunday, April, 11, 2021 - Sunday, June, 6, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructor(s): Laura Banks

This has been a hard year. But what if we could learn to transform our losses, grief, and challenges into healing, wholeness, and hope? As humans, we have done it before and we can do it again.

Recent discoveries in neuroscience confirm what wisdom traditions have taught for ages: compassion is a heartfelt awareness of suffering and a willingness to respond skillfully which can be deliberately learned, practiced, and strengthened. In fact, a growing body of research shows that training in compassion for self and others offers a wide range of benefits including improving relationships, supporting health and well-being, and reducing stress, depression, and anxiety. It also connects us to our common humanity and increases our capacity to live in a complicated world with integrity, respect, and concern for all of life – including those we don’t understand.

Join Laura Banks for Compassion Cultivation Training©, an eight-week program designed at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, to explore the power of compassion and discover your fearless heart. Learning to face the universal challenges of life with compassion can greatly reduce suffering and transform the very things that we thought would break us into the most resilient and beautiful parts of who we are.

This online session of Compassion Cultivation Training© will take place in real time in a virtual classroom environment and includes:

  • Weekly classes with guided meditations, science and poetry, large and small group discussions, and in-class exercises.
  • Access to daily meditation practices to develop lovingkindness and compassion for self and others.
  • Practical applications to explore and develop compassionate thoughts and actions in real life.

This class is interactive and happens live in a group learning environment. To participate, you will need a quiet location, a reliable internet connection, and a computer or tablet with a webcam and a microphone.

Compassion Cultivation Training© is designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and others. This includes parents, caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals, therapists, executives, public servants, and people in a wide range of professions and life contexts.

* While the fee for CCT is set by the Compassion Institute and helps cover the expense of offering it, no person who is committed to attending and being engaged will be turned away. Please contact Laura Banks if you would like to participate but the cost is prohibitive.

Learn more at:

A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, Thupten Jinpa, Lead Author, Compassion Cultivation Training©


Curious about Compassion Cultivation Training© and wondering what it’s all about?

Try a free intro class. Join one of the upcoming online Introductions to Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT) and bring your questions, meet Laura, and engage in a sample meditation and exercise from CCT. This 60-minute class is not required to register for CCT nor is there any obligation/expectation for participants to register for the full course after attending this introduction. It’s open to anyone who’s simply interested in learning more.

Click on the times below for more info and to register.

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 10-11am EST

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 7:30-8:30pm ET


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