Foundational Course Text

“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 , Stanford 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, and 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”.