COMPASSION
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PASSION WITH
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HEART

What is CCT?

CCT™ is an 8-week program, developed at Stanford University, with insights and techniques from psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative practices. The course integrates evidence-based meditation techniques, interactive discussions, and lectures as well as real-world exercises to put learning into practice.

Steps of CCT

Step 1: Settling the Mind
Step 2: Compassion & Kindness for a loved one
Step 3: Self-directed compassion and kindness
Step 4: Common humanity
Step 5: Cultivating compassion for others
Step 6: Active compassion

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Dalai Lama

What does CCT look like?

8-WEEKS OF GROUP SESSIONS

2 HOURS EACH WEEK

WEEKLY GUIDED MEDITATION CIRCLES

NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

FORMAL AND INFORMAL PRACTICES

BUILD LASTING HABITS

What does CCT look like?

8-Weeks of Group Sessions

Group meets once a week for 2 hours

 
 

Weekly Meditation Circles

No Prior Experience Needed

Build Lasting Habits

Weekly formal and informal practices

Compassion is the radicalism of our time
- Dalai Lama

Benefits of CCT

Support

Your Health, Happiness and Well-Being

Improve

Your Personal Relationships.

Reduce

Stress, Depression and Anxiety

What is Compassion?

Instructor

Nitesh Batra is the founder of The Mindful Initiative and Ashtanga Yoga Sadhna in Bangalore. He has been practicing Yoga since 2006.

 

He also hosts The Mindful Initiative Podcast.

 

 

Nitesh has taught Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion in NGO’s, Corporates, Schools and Colleges for over 9 years.

 

Prior to teaching Yoga, Nitesh worked in corporate world for 10 years, He has produced two award-winning Feature films in Hindi and Assamese.  

 

 

in 2019, Nitesh was awarded the Compassion Corps Grant to teach CCT in the underprivileged communities. He was also a Fellow at Summer Research Institute at The Mind and Life Institute in 2020. He is the only certified teacher of CCT in India from Stanford Medical School’s Center of Compassion and Research in Education (CCARE).

 

 

Nitesh is currently enrolled in the 5-Year Basic Program of Buddhism at Jamyang Center of Buddhism in London under the refuge of Geshe Tenzin Namdak.

 

 

Since 2010, Nitesh has learnt Yoga Asana and Pranayama from Sh. Sharath Jois in Mysore. He has learnt Yoga Philosphy from Sh. Indira and AG Mohan and Yogic Meditation practices from Kaivalyadhama, Pune.

 

 

 

Nitesh graduated with Dual Bachelors and Master Degrees from University of Maryland, College Park and completed his MBA from Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India.

 

 

Nitesh lives in Bangalore, with his wife and his 3-year old daughter.

 

Instructor

Nitesh Batra is the founder of The Mindful Initiative and Ashtanga Yoga Sadhna in Bangalore. He has been practicing Yoga since 2006.


He also hosts The Mindful Initiative Podcast.


Nitesh has taught Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion in NGO’s, Corporates, Schools and Colleges for over 9 years.

Prior to teaching Yoga, Nitesh worked in corporate world for 10 years. He produced two award-winning Feature films in Hindi and Assamese. 


In 2019, Nitesh was awarded the Compassion Corps Grant to teach CCT in the underprivileged communities. He was also a Fellow at Summer Research Institute at The Mind and Life Institute in 2020. He is the only certified teacher of CCT in India from Stanford Medical School’s Center of Compassion and Research in Education (CCARE).


Since 2010, Nitesh has learnt Yoga Asana and Pranayama from Sh. Sharath Jois. He has learnt Yoga Philosophy from Sh. Indira and AG Mohan and Yogic Meditation practices from Kaivalyadhama, Pune. Nitesh is currently enrolled in the 5-year BP of Buddhism under the refuge of Geshe Tenzin Namdak.


Nitesh graduated with a dual Bachelors and Master Degrees from University of Maryland, College Park and completed his MBA from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.


Nitesh currently lives in Bangalore with his wife and his 3-year old daughter.


 

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Upcoming CCT

November 1st to December 20th


Rs. 12,500 (Regular Rs. 22,500)

Rs. 10,000 for AYS students

CCT Sessions

Sundays

8AM-10AM

Meditation Circles

Wednesdays

8PM-9PM

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

What is Compassion Cultivation Training©?

Compassion Cultivation Training-CCT© is an 8-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.

Who is the Compassion Cultivation Training™ program designed for?

CCT is designed to support anyone above the age of 18, who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and for others. The class is taught from a secular and universal perspective and is appropriate for adults of any age or background. No previous experience is required.

What is the CCT Class format





Due to COVID-19, we will be teaching CCT online. Each week, we meet for 2-hours that includes meditation, lecture, discussion, and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups. This class is experiential in nature and requires your active participation. In addition, students will have the option to meet once a week, for an hour, to learn and practice meditation.

Can I attend the first class and see how I like it before applying? 

Sorry, this is not possible at this time as space is limited and only those who have pre-registered for the entire training can attend.

How many people are in a CCT class?

The class size is limited to allow for sufficient student participation and to maintain an intimate group experience. Pre-registration is required.

Is there an attendance policy? 

Yes. Please only register for the course if you can commit to attending at least 6 of the 8 classes. This is both for your benefit, as each week builds on the previous one, and helps maintain continuity of the learning community.

Where can I learn more about CCT? 

For more information about CCT, please visit the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) website here and from Compassion Institute.

What’s the cancellation policy for course registration and how do I receive a refund?

A full refund will be issued if requested more than 2 weeks prior to the first-class meeting. If the cancellation request is received between 2 weeks and 3 business days prior to the first-class meeting, a 50% cancellation fee is retained from the refund. No refunds will be issued if the cancellation request is made fewer than 3 business days prior to the first-class meeting. All cancellation/refund requests must be submitted via email to info@themindfuliinitiative.com.  A full refund will be issued if class is cancelled by the organizer. There will always be a consideration for unforeseen circumstances.

How much meditation experience is required?


No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training.

Is the goal of CCT stress-reduction/creating a calm mind/relaxation?


While some of the CCT practices may induce a calm or a relaxed state, CCT’s primary goal is to cultivate compassion, empathy and kindness. Potential participants whose primary goal is stress reduction, calming or relaxation may wish to evaluate whether another program with a stress-reduction, relaxation, and calming focus (like MBSR) is more appropriate for them at this time in their lives.

What are the risks and benefits of taking CCT?


There are no known risks associated with CCT. Benefits may include developing enhanced compassion, mindfulness, and an overall improvement in well-being.

Is CCT meant to treat psychological disorders?


Compassion Cultivation Training courses are educational and are not meant to treat psychological disorders.

What if I can't afford the course fee?


CCT has immensely benefited me and thousands of others. Due to the current financial situation, the course is already offered at a much reduced price. But each individual is different and my intention is to help and work with you. If you feel that you are unable to afford the course fee, please email Nitesh at info@themindfulinitiative.com or call at +91-9535418604 so we can find something that works for you. 

What if I have more questions?


Please email Nitesh at info@themindfulinitiative.com or call at +91-9535418604

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