External Event: Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)

Instructors: Mary Doane and Roy Remer

Dates and Times:
Tuesdays, February 22 - April 12, 2022 (4:00 - 6:00pm PST/Western)

When faced with difficulty and stress, we can meet life with steadiness and respond from a place of courage and resilience.

Stress and struggle are a natural part of life. The course trains people to move through life and its challenges with a steady mind, from a place of connection and inner strength.

What does Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) look like?

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 practices into long term habits

Who Participates in Compassion Cultivation Training? 

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

What effects can I expect?

While everyone will have their own unique experience, research has shown CCT can lead to:

  • Happiness
  • Calmness
  • Acceptance of emotions as they are
  • Self-acceptance
  • Job satisfaction
  • Self-caring behavior
  • Compassion for self and others
  • Openness to receiving compassion from others

The 8-week CCT journey

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 and developing an appreciation for others

Week 6 Compassion for others

Week 7 Active compassion practice

Week 8 Integrated daily compassion cultivation practice

Course Details

Date: Every Tuesday from February 22, 2022 to April 12, 2022

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm PST (7 pm – 9pm EST)

Location: Zoom platform; join from any location

Fee: $395


Meet Your Teachers

Mary Doane – Mary Doane is Zen Caregiving Project’s Supervising Instructor for Education Programs. In addition to teaching our Mindful Caregiver Education courses, Mary designs our teacher trainings, mentors emerging teachers, and adapts our caregiving curriculum for use with partner organizations.

Mary trained in 2005 with Zen Hospice Project, beginning ten years as a volunteer bedside caregiver, serving first at Laguna Honda Hospital and later at the Guest House facility. During this time she facilitated New Volunteer Trainings and later served as Volunteer Program Coordinator.

Mary completed Buddhist Chaplaincy Training at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, and is certified by the Stanford University School of Medicine, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and Compassion Institute (CI) as a Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT™) Instructor. She offers CCT in person in the San Francisco Bay Area and globally online.

Roy Remer – Roy, Zen Caregiving Project’s Executive Director, has been an end-of-life caregiver and educator since 1997. He trained with Zen Hospice Project (ZHP) to become a volunteer and served at the bedside for six years at the Guest House facility before serving for seven years on San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital’s Palliative Care Ward. Roy served on the ZHP board of directors from 2002 until 2008. In 2008, he completed a year-long end-of-life caregiver training at the Metta Institute in Sausalito, CA.

A dedicated practitioner in the Soto Zen tradition, Roy is a student at the San Francisco Zen Center. Roy is certified by the Stanford University School of Medicine, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), and the Compassion Institute as a Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT©) instructor. Roy also guides wilderness-based rites of passage programs in partnership with EarthWaysLLC of Sebastopol, CA.

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