Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT™)

8-week course developed at Stanford University

Move through life from a place of connection and inner strength by leveraging insights from psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative practice.

(Weekend Korean) Sep 15 ~ Nov 3, 2022.

Thursdays 8-10 pm GMT+9 Online (8 weeks)

Seona Gwon PhD | CCT Certified Teacher

Learn how to:

Increase your emotional strength, reduce self-criticism, cope with stress, and improve your ability to respond to the suffering and demands of others.

Cultivating compassion as a daily practice helps individuals and groups embrace challenging relationships and manage the stress of modern society.

About The Course

CCT™ is an 8-week program developed at Stanford University with insights and techniques from psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative practice. The course integrates evidence-based meditation techniques, interactive discussions, and lectures, as well as real-world exercises to put learning into practice. 

CCT™ is taught worldwide and offers practical skills, tools, and knowledge. As a graduate, you establish the habit of relating to yourself, others, and the world around you from a place of greater understanding, joy, and purpose. 

The circle of compassion begins with ourselves. 

Throughout the course, we help you lean into challenges, build the courage to take compassionate action, manage your emotions, and develop your resilience to prevent empathy fatigue.

Every week we will meet LIVE for 2-hours in a small group ...

Launching our eight week journey with an overview of the program. Share our aspirations and intentions for enrolling as a community. We’ll define compassion and its components: awareness, being emotionally moved by suffering,having a wish to see the relief of that suffering, and being motivated to respond to suffering. We’ll discuss and introduce compassion as an ‘unfolding process’ and engage in a guided focus meditation to help settle the mind and clarify intentions.

The content of this class guides the participants to recognize the obvious and more subtle experiences of love and compassion, both physically and psychologically. Guided practice in this class will deliberately evoke feelings for a loved one. There will be small group breakout rooms (voluntary) to share and explore experiences of loving kindness practice.

This class will focus on developing a mindset that supports a sense of warmth, tenderness, acceptance, and a deep sense of concern for yourself. Connecting with your own feelings and needs and learning to relate to them with compassion can be difficult for many people. In this class we explore the obstacles to self-compassion and learn why this is the foundation of being able to genuinely develop compassion for others. There will be guided meditation practices and open group discussion.

Building on the previous class, skills of self compassion in this class focus on the importance of holding positive feelings such as warmth, appreciation, joy, and gratitude towards yourself. Recognizing and celebrating your own positive qualities increases the capacity to see the best in others as well. This class introduces reflections to help you delineate and clarify your own personal values that bring happiness and make life meaningful.

This class is intended to deepen your recognition of the basic sameness of self and others. All humans have fundamental aspirations to attain happiness and overcome suffering. Guided practice and small group exercises help you enhance your ability to see and feel the perspective of others. This is done progressively, beginning with a loved one, then moving to a neutral person and from there to a difficult person. We’ll reflect on and deepen appreciation of interconnectedness, and develop gratitude towards others, understanding that they support our survival and flourishing.

Expand the circle of one’s concern to embrace all of humanity, simply through the deep recognition that, ‘just like me, all others wish to achieve happiness and overcome suffering’. This class includes discussion and strategies to manage difficult emotions that can arise with compassion. We will discuss empathy fatigue and how to address burnout when offering compassion to others. The principle that developing and deepening feelings of dedication and commitment will bring more energy to the practices of compassion.

Building on the topic of the previous week, we’ll continue to explore extending compassion to others, including adversaries. We will discuss the tribal mindset and “us vs. them” thinking. We’ll highlight the importance of developing wise compassion and discernment when addressing and acting on social justice issues (i.e. implicit biases/ ‘othering’ ). Guided practice in the Tibetan meditation known as Tonglen will involve visualizing “taking away” the suffering of others and “giving back” happiness, joy, and well-being.

This class will explore different understandings of altruism and the drive to do something about others’ suffering. The meditation for the final week is an integrated practice that combines the essential elements of all the preceding steps into a holistic compassion meditation. We will review and practice with commitment and dedication so that you can continue integrating compassion into daily life, and in so doing, connect with and sustain your own sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Student's who take this course will ...

  • Understand compassion from the points of view of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and the recent research of Science.
  • Explore compassion as an innate human capacity and as an unfolding process.
  • Practice self-awareness and concentration to support compassion for self and other. 
  • Explore methods to overcome obstacles to self compassion and compassion for others.
  • Learn and practice meditations that evoke warmth, appreciation and interconnectedness.
  • Harness feelings of compassion that strengthen a sense of meaning and purpose in your life
  • Earn your course Certificate of Completion (must complete 6 weeks minimum. issues by Compassion Institute)

Steps to foster well being in daily Life...

Attend weekly 2-hour class with lectures, discussions, and interactive exercises

Practice daily meditations that progress from week to week

Complete “homework” to help you move new practices into long-term habits

About the Facilitators

Seona Gwon PhD

Seona Gwon, PhD, is a South Korea and California based International Dharma Instructor, certified by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Dr. Gwon is a certified CCT™ teacher and Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) facilitator, teaching in both Korean and English. For 15 years, Seona was an Instructor at Joongang Sangha University, the primary buddhist university in Korea for monks and nuns, also taught in the graduate school of Dongguk University’s Buddhist Department, and at the International School of Buddhist Studies (ISBS). As a producer, she brought the Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh to South Korea in 2003, and Zen teacher Norman Fischer in 2017. Seona has a PhD in Buddhist Studies. She has been a practitioner of Korean Zen (Seon) since childhood. Her central path is developing and deepening her own compassion and then manifesting it in life and action in the larger world.



September 2022 Thur.(Korean)

September 15 ~ November 3 Thursdays 

8-10 pm GMT+9 online 8weeks

  • Fee: 480,000 KRW 
  • Discount for early-bird and re-taking
    • 10% discount (432,000 KRW): early bird until Aug 21, 2022
    • 50% discount (240,000 KRW): re-taking 8 weeks course
  • Scholarship: if you need support, please apply to
  • Account: KOOKMIN BANK 760-21-0380-880 (Name: 권선아)
  • Refund rules:
    • 7 days before start: 100% refund
    • 6 to 1 day before start: 50% refund
    • After start: 0% refund
  • Registration closing
    • 1 day before the start

Online Zoom (individual notice one day before the start day)

Sessions will be held every Tuesday from 8:00pm – 10:00pm or Saturday from 10:00am – 12:00 noon GMT+9. Each class is scheduled for 2-hours.

Yes, Seona is available to answer your questions in between classes via

Due to the interactive component of this course, the sessions will not be recorded. However, you will have access to a website that includes: meditation practice recordings, readings and reference materials, real-world assignments for practicing compassion.

The CCT™ course is designed to support anyone who wants to explore and practice compassion for themselves and improve their relationships with others.

Space is limited to 30 learners. For cancellation see Refund rules.


A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives by Thupten Jinpa Phd

The Buddhist practice of mindfulness first caught on in the West when we began to understand its many practical benefits. Now Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., introduces a practice with even greater life-changing power: compassion. Based on the revolutionary course in Compassion Cultivation Training at Stanford that Jinpa helped to create, A Fearless Heart shows us that compassion can be a path through suffering, a key to robust health, and even an effective way to reach our goals.
Yet we fear compassion. We worry that if we are too compassionate with others, they will take advantage of us, and too much self-compassion will make us slackers. Pulling from the latest Western research as well as traditional Buddhist psychology, Jinpa offers simple daily practices that will help readers train their compassion muscle for a greater meaning, connection, and fulfillment.

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