CCT & Compassion Resources

“A Fearless Heart – How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives

Thupten Jinpa – a co-author of the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) at CCARE and the Compassion Institute

This book chronicles the background to CCT and is also a practical compassion training guide. It also includes insights into the fascinating life of a former monk, now a father, 51jJbEbZpjLand a modern scholar engaged in the dialogue between modern science and ancient contemplative practices. If you don’t want to or are unable to take the eight-week Compassion Cultivation Training – read this book. If you have taken the training and want to continue expand your compassion practice, or if you’re going to take the training – this is a great (optional) resource. When introducing his new book in 2015 to an audience in Portland, Oregon Jinpa said: “Mindfulness opens the door; compassion is the party”.

CCARE (Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

The Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University has created a library of videos of public talks related to such topics as: Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and SocietyBusiness, Ethics and Compassion: A Public Dialogue; How to Sustain Compassion in Healthcare, and many others.  The speaker series videos include a number of prominent scientists who devoted their research to topics related to compassion.


Compassion Institute

The Compassion Institute has developed a resource section on their website that includes: published papers on CCT and small selection of videos and meditations.


Scientific articles 

Altering the trajectory of affect and affect regulation: The impact of compassion training. Jazaieri, H., McGonigal, K., Lee, I., Jinpa, T., Doty, J., Gross, J. & Goldin, P. (2017)  Mindfulness. Advance online publication.

A wandering mind is a less caring mind: Daily experience sampling during compassion meditation training. Jazaieri, Hooria, Ihno A. Lee, Kelly McGonigal, Thupten Jinpa, James R. Doty, James J. Gross, and Philippe R. Goldin. The Journal of Positive Psychology(2015).

A randomized controlled trial of compassion cultivation training: Effects on mindfulness, affect, and emotion regulation. Jazaieri, Hooria, Kelly McGonigal, Thupten Jinpa, James R. Doty, James J. Gross, and Philippe R. Goldin. Motivation and Emotion (2014).

Enhancing compassion: A randomized controlled trial of a compassion cultivation training program. Jazaieri, Hooria, Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Kelly McGonigal, Erika L. Rosenberg, Joel Finkelstein, Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Margaret Cullen, James R. Doty, James J. Gross, and Philippe R. Goldin. Journal of Happiness Studies (2013).

Pilot study of a compassion meditation intervention in chronic pain. Chapin, Heather L., Beth D. Darnall, Emma M. Seppala, James R. Doty, Jennifer M. Hah, and Sean C. Mackey. Journal of Compassionate Health Care (2014).