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Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training with Tony Pham (8 week course) | 7-9 pm ET


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training with Tony Pham (8 week course): Practicum on Offering Compassion in Challenging Times

Tuesdays; 7-9 pm ET | June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20

$190 – REGISTER HERE for practicum | Cancellation policy

It has been said that mindfulness is like a bird that needs two wings to fly. Wisdom is one wing. Compassion is the other.

Part of the human experience is stress, struggle, and suffering. As this BBC article discusses, compassion helps us build resilience, which is critical for achieving success and experiencing fulfilment in all aspects of life. You’re invited to expand your capacity to face life’s challenges.

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) was developed in 2009 at Stanford University by Dr. Thupten Jingpa, a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and principal English translator to the Dalai Lama.

Each CCT class may include accessible meditation practices, personal investigation, space for sharing, scientific research, and homework to help integrate compassion habits into daily life.

In the context of today’s challenging times, the instructor may discuss their own lived experiences of offering compassion to those with whom we have difficulty to support the class dialogue. Specifically, he may talk about how he has applied self-compassion and practiced tonglen as antidotes to the poisons of bigotry and racism during the pandemic.

With the support of Tibet House US, this online program is being offered as a practicum. This practicum is the final step for the instructor to get formal certification. The Zoom course will be recorded solely for evaluation purposes by the instructor’s supervisors (not for public use).

Given that this program is a practicum, Tibet House US is pleased to offer it at a reduced rate, lower than the standard price for this course. Instead of $365, the cost for this 8-week series is $190 to the general public for registration (discounting the fee by nearly half).

Over eight consecutive Tuesday evenings, students will meet once per week for 2 hours. Enrollment is for the entire series of 8 classes (there are no drop-ins to individual classes).

Nurture your innate compassionate nature for your own happiness and to benefit all beings. Research has shown that completing CCT can lead to less anxiety and more acceptance of reality as it is. To grow within this community, please click on the registration link to sign up.

Tuesdays; 7-9 pm ET | June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20

$190 – REGISTER HERE for practicum | Cancellation policy

* We’re glad that this event allows for increased accessibility. For those identifying as a member of an underrepresented group (BIPOC, queer, not able-bodied, etc.) and/or experiencing financial hardship, please contact [email protected] for scholarship opportunities.

First-responders, health-care workers, and veterans are invited as guests to all programs.  Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Tony Pham (Butterfly) (he/they) is a heritage Buddhist and healer that occupies the intersection of queer and BIPOC identities. He is a 2nd generation Vietnamese American whose parents came to the United States as refugees from war. Tony goes by Butterfly in spiritual spaces where they steward practices rooted in compassion, indigeneity, and sacred lineages. They graduated from MNDFL’s 300-hour meditation instructor program, having received mentorship from B. Anderson and David Perrin. He is a current student of Arinna Weisman (Theravada/Vipassana) and Lama Rod Owens (Vajrayana/Tibetan Buddhism) in addition to participating in the East Bay Meditation Center’s PiTA8 program for social justice activists. Tony previously received a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research in Vietnam; he has also completed compassion cultivation, death doula and non-violent communication training. Butterfly is honored to currently serve as treasurer on the board of directors of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. They now reside in Brooklyn (occupied Canarsie/Munsee Lenape land). For more information, please visit tonyopham.com


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