I currently do not have any courses scheduled at UC Berkeley. In general, my classes are held in the evenings for 8 consecutive weeks from 6-8pm. This is not a drop-in class and it requires your attendance and participation each week. If you are unable to make at least 6 of the 8 classes I ask that you delay your participation in the course.
If you are interested in my courses at Stanford University or in San Jose please see the schedule here.
Specific course content includes:
Week 1: Introduction to the course and introduction to settling and focusing the mind
Introduction to the course and connecting with the intention for taking CCT right now. Brief introduction to the skill of settling and focusing the mind.
Week 2: Settling and focusing the mind (step 1)
Cultivating the skill of focusing the mind through breath focus meditation. This step is considered foundational for any other practice in this program.
Week 3: Loving-kindness and compassion for a loved one (step 2)
Learning to recognize how the experiences of love and compassion feel like when they occur for a loved one. The meditation and practical exercises offered in this step aim to help practitioners recognize the physical and physiological signs of the feelings of warmth, tenderness, concern, and compassion towards a loved one.
Week 4: Compassion for oneself (step 3a)
Learning to develop qualities such as greater self-acceptance, tenderness, nonjudgment and caring in self-to-self relations. Connecting with one´s own feelings and needs and relating to them with compassion is the basis for developing a compassionate stance toward others.
Week 5: Loving-kindness for oneself (step 3b)
Learning to develop qualities of warmth, appreciation, joy, and gratitude in self-to-self relationship. While the previous step focused on self-acceptance, this step focuses on developing appreciation for one´s self.
Week 6: Embracing shared common humanity and developing appreciation of others (step 4)
Establishing the basis for compassion toward others through recognizing our shared common humanity, and appreciating the kindness of others and how human beings are deeply interconnected.
Week 7: Cultivating compassion for others (step 5)
On the basis of the previous step, participants begin to cultivate compassion for all beings by moving from focusing on a loved one to focusing on a neutral person, then on a difficult person, and finally on all beings.
Week 8: Active compassion practice (Tong-len) (step 6)
This step involves explicit evocation of the altruistic wish to do something about others’ suffering. In formal sitting practice, this essentially takes the form of a visualization practice where the practitioner imagines taking away the suffering of others and giving them what is beneficial in oneself. This practice is known as Tong-len or “giving and taking”.
Week 9: Closing and integrated daily compassion cultivation practice
In this final class, the essential elements of all six steps are combined into an integrated compassion meditation practice that can continue to be done daily by participants who choose to adopt it.