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Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training with Elizabeth Pyjov


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sundays; 6-8pm | Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, and 22


Compassion is the most talked about and rapidly developing topic in psychology and neuroscience. You can discover it for yourself in this enormously popular eight-week course.
Using the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, meditation, lectures, readings, exercises, and class discussion, students learn to have a composed and compassionate attitude to the challenges of everyday life.

This one of a kind class was created by Stanford neuroscientists, psychologists, and contemplative scholars under the direction of Thupten Jinpa at the Stanford Medical School Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, created in part by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The class takes a secular, scientific approach to compassion and includes both an academic component and learning by doing and trying it out yourself. After becoming one of the most popular classes at Stanford University, it is now taught to students at Columbia University and to the general public at Tibet House in New York City. It is also one of Tibet House’s most sought after courses.

Research conducted on this course shows that it increases happiness and overall positive emotions, reduces stress and anxiety, enhances feelings of connection, decreases worry, and leads to a more caring, compassionate attitude toward oneself and others.

Included in Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training are a new recorded meditation for each week in mp3 format, a weekly supplementary reading or lecture on the science of compassion by a renowned psychology or neuroscience researcher, support in starting and maintaining regular meditation practice, and access to a monthly drop-in class after the course is over.

You are allowed to miss any two class sessions. There are no walks-ins for individuals classes – you can only register for the full course.

Please register online in advance, as this class sells out quickly and there are no registrations at the door. Space is limited, and once the class fills up, registration will close.

Sundays; 6-8pm | Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, and 22


What Former Tibet House Students Say about the Course:

Taking the course allowed me to be more aware of my objectives, understand what really makes me feel well, and learn to better deal with suffering. More than that, the course taught me to perceive my every day experiences in a new way. I am now more objective in judging life events and less anxious and distressed in receiving them. Learning and applying the material of the course has also led to more rewarding interpersonal relationships and a deeper sense of connecting with any person I meet.
—Andrew Zampieri, Ph.D. Student, Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

“Terrific class and teaching. I’ve studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, the Insight teachers and others – but the wayElizabeth teaches helps access the information as if by osmosis.“
—Nan Lee, Architectural Designer

“The class has been deeply transformative. The most compelling aspect of this course has been the scientific framework and explanations. After compassion training, I find that I’m more engaged with the world and respond to the world and myself in a more loving way.“
—William Kerry Huang, Associate Director, Operations at BRIC

“I’ve learned that the same compassion that I have for others, I can turn inward on myself to great effects. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been kinder to myself. I’ve feared that this might make me less productive, but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of that. In fact, I’ve been more productive.“
—Al Pittampalli, IT Advisor and Founder of The Modern Meeting Company

“This proved to be one of the most transformative classes I have ever taken. Overall, I feel more harmonious with myself and others. The assignments we do each day have had a ripple effect on my entire experience of being. I feel much closer to my coworkers, strangers on the street, and even to those dear to me that I was taking for granted.“
—Maria Shkolnik, Lawyer at New York Legal Assistance Group

“I have become more productive and procrastinate less. I feel less anxious and more focused. Things seem so much more colorful, vivid, interesting, and enjoyable. I have felt freer to do what I want to do, in life and in the moment… Both intellectually and on an intuitive level, I’ve learned some of the benefits of being compassionate to others and to myself, such as being able to face difficulties more calmly, enjoying things more, appreciating people more, and creative a positive feeling in other people, whether I know them or not.“
—Anne Schwartz, Consultant

Elizabeth Pyjov studied the neuroscience, philosophy, and pedagogy of compassion at Stanford Medical School with the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She has taught compassion at Stanford University, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Columbia Medical School, Columbia School of Public Health, Mt. Sinai Medical School, NYU Medical School, Novartis, Warby Parker, Altfest Management, Tibet House US, the Rubin Museum, the 92nd St Y, the Harvard Club of New York, and yoga teacher trainings. Elizabeth graduated from magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Romance Languages and Literatures and the Classics and is currently a student at Harvard Law School. She is currently an advisor for Click Therapeutics. Elizabeth has worked for Global Justice in New York City, for Italian television at RAI International in Rome, at the United Nations in Geneva, Click Therapeutics in New York City, and at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford, CA. At Stanford she helped develop Stanford’s compassion program into a corporate version that was subsequently used at Kaiser and in serveral Silicon Valley tech companies. Elizabeth is fluent in Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, and English. She has worked or studied in Argentina, Italy, France, Peru, Switzerland, Russia, and Spain. Her international experience has led her to understand that among those of various traditions, customs, and religions, people find happiness in many of the same ways. They want to be healthy, do meaningful work, and be close to their loved ones—what brings joy is always kindness, a caring attitude, and compassion. She is delighted to be teaching compassion in New York City and in Boston. You can contact her at [email protected]


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