Cognitively Based Compassion Training
Class dates and Times: Tuesdays, January 24 - March 21, 201 (8 weeks)
Please note: Class will NOT be held on Tuesday, March 14th
All classes are held from 6:00 -7:30 PM
This course is an introduction to the concepts and meditation practices that form the basis for gradually training the mind to enhance the trait of compassion toward self and others.
During this course, practitioners will explore and begin to move through eight sequential steps:
- Developing attentional stability
- Cultivating insight into the nature of mental experience
- Fostering self-compassion
- Developing impartiality
- Practicing appreciation and gratitude
- Extending affection and empathy
- Realizing aspirational compassion
- Engaging active compassion
Each of these topics are explored in depth through discussion, guided mediation practice, and experiential activities. Participants will also receive recorded guided meditations to support their practice in between class sessions.
This course is open to any adult interested in exploring methods of cultivating compassion, as well as deepening their understanding of the psychology of compassion. Both experienced meditators and those with no prior meditation experience are welcomed.
About the Instructor: Deanna Kaplan, M.A., is a certified CBCT Instructor, a doctoral student and graduate research assistant in the Department of Psychology, and President of the Arizona Meditation Research Interest Group (AMRIG). Deanna trained as a teacher of CBCT directly under Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Ph.D at Emory University in 2014, following six years of prior study of Vipassana meditation.Through research and teaching, Deanna’s work for the Center for Compassion Studies aims to support the scientific understanding and public accessibility of programming that cultivates mindfulness, compassion and kindness.
Good to Know Info:
Please note that this course does not count toward the pre-requisite for CBCT Teacher Training, nor does completion of this foundational course prepare one to teach this meditation protocol to others.
Please plan to attend all sessions, as the practice builds each week.
Chairs and meditation cushions will be available for your comfort, however, if you wish to bring your own props for meditation, please feel free to do so!
For questions about this CBCT session, please feel free to contact us.
To cancel your registration, and receive a full refund, you must request a refund no later than 14 days prior to the start of the class. Cancellations must be received in writing. For cancellations within the 14 days prior to the event, refunds will be issued minus a $50 processing fee. Registration is non-transferable. Partial refunds will not be processed. Please be sure you are available to attend all class sessions prior to registering.