Daily Online Compassion Practice

Daily Online Compassion Practice

As part of the Compassion SHIFT initiative, online sessions are led daily by one of Emory University’s CBCT® certified instructors. These sessions are available to everyone. From any part of the world. Please register to receive your personal attendance link here:

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After registration, you will receive a personalized link to the compassion practice Zoom room. The same link will allow you to access all future sessions.  Feel free to save or bookmark this link in order to join future sessions without re-registering.


Each one-hour session begins with introductions and a brief review of the weekly topic (15 minutes), continues with a guided meditation (30 minutes), and closes with time for discussion.


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Who leads the sessions?

All sessions are led by a certified instructor for the research-based compassion-training program known as CBCT®. CBCT® was developed at Emory Univeristy in 2004 by Dr. Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Executive Director of the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics.

What can I expect in each session?

Each hour-long session begins with 15-minutes to introduce and explore the weekly topic, followed by a 30-minute guided meditation, and closing with a 15-minute time for informal discussion. During the sessions, instructors will offer optional take-home practices alongside the formal practices. These take-home practices are designed to allow insights that you find valuable from the sessions to flow into everyday life.

What are the “weekly topics”?

CBCT® is based on seven modules, each of which focuses on a key skill in the cultivation of compassion. Every Sunday will begin a new weekly topic, based on the CBCT® sequence, as follows:

December 6, 2020 – Foundation Module: Resting in a Moment of Nurturance

December 13 – Foundation Module: Resting in a Moment of Nurturance

December 20 – Module I: Attentional Stability and Clarity

December 27 – Module II: Insight into the Nature of Mental Experience

January 3, 2021 – Module III: Self-Compassion, Part 1

January 10 – Module III: Self-Compassion, Part 2

January 17 – Module IV: Cultivating Impartiality and Inclusivity

January 24 – Module V: Gratitude and Affection

January 31 – Module VI: Empathic Concern and Engaged Compassion

February 6 – Begin the cycle again with the Foundational Module. Note that this day is also the first day of the 21 Day Compassion Challenge.

How can I get involved beyond these daily practice sessions?

Click here to explore Compassion SHIFT activities such as the 21-Day Compassion Challenges. Also you may explore the CBCT® webpage (click here) to see a full listing of course offerings and to learn more about compassion training, our many partnerships and outreach programs, the published research articles, and a listing of certified teachers all over the globe. At the Emory Compassion Center, we typically offer four CBCT® Foundation Courses per year that are open to the public and scheduled in a variety of formats. We also provide courses or workshops to organizations and special groups on request. Note that all courses are being offered online during the pandemic.

Can I learn to teach compassion training to others?

Yes. Since 2011, we have been certifying individuals to teach CBCT® in research- and non-research contexts. A prerequisite, before applying, is to attend the full CBCT® Foundation Course to determine if this program is really for you.  After completing the Foundation Course,  you may apply for the six-month certification program which typically runs from June to December each year. Please see this page for a full description of the program as well as dates for the next available teacher certification training.

Why is the Emory Compassion Center offering free daily practices?

In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Compassion Center began offering free, live, online compassion practice and fellowship sessions multiple times per week. Hundreds of people have attended and reported that these sessions have become a resource for generating personal resilience and fostering a sense of connection during this difficult year. Beginning in December of 2020, we are pleased to be able to host sessions each day and at a variety of times to serve a global audience.

What if I still have questions?

Please contact ccscbe@emory.edu with any questions or comments. We enjoy hearing from you!