Compassion Cultivation Class

Buddhist teachings emphasize the importance of compassion. The Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies will host a course on how to cultivate compassion. BIBS welcomes Winston Cheyney who will be presenting Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training(TM).

Winston Cheyney has studied the Dharma with Lama Jhampa Shaneman and Alan Wallace, among others, and recently completed the yearlong training course to be a teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training .  Winston works as a Registered Nurse in Critical Care at St. Lukes in Boise, and has a special interest in the application of secular meditation practices to help healthcare providers sustain compassion and prevent burnout.


The Compassion Cultivation Training program (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. The training integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The program was developed at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers.

What Is Compassion?

Compassion unfolds in response to distress, pain or suffering. It begins with the recognition of suffering, which gives rise to feelings of concern and empathy. This, in turn, motivates the willingness to take action to relieve that suffering. At different times, and in different situations, different parts of this process (awareness, feelings, empathy, action) may be most available and/or most skillful.

The Training

Cultivating compassion involves training our own minds, developing specific skills in how we relate to ourselves and others, and intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions. CCT is a two-hour weekly interactive class. Class includes:

  •    Group discussion to share learning experiences
  •    Meditation to improve awareness
  •    Listening and communication exercises to strengthen compassion
  •    Homework: Daily compassion meditation practices and real-world assignments

Feburary 4 – March 25   Mondays 7PM – 9PM

At BIBS: 901 N 15th St

If you wish to attend, RSVP via email to

Please RSVP only if you are able to attend all 8 of the two hour classes.

There is no fee for attendance, but a donation to the Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies is suggested. Donations can be made in cash, check, or online.


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