The Heart of Compassion

A 5-week, online course that will help you lead a life filled with compassion. Led by Dr Rick Hanson with Tara Brach, Thupten Jinpa, Rhonda V Magee, Gabor Maté, and Kristin Neff.

We all know compassion is good... but how do we actually use it?

The Heart of Compassion offers you a deep-dive into practical applications of compassion. You’ll learn why compassion is important, and how it can be used every day to ease our suffering and that of others.

Your teachers

Tara Brach, PHD

Opening the Heart

Psychologist, Meditation Teacher, and Best-Selling Author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion

Thupten Jinpa, PHD

Cultivating Compassion for Others

Founder of the Compassion Institute and Principal Author of the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Program at Stanford University

Kristin Neff, PHD

Practicing Self-Compassion

Pioneering Self-Compassion Researcher and Author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Gabor Maté, MD

Compassion for the Hard Things (Including Loss and Trauma)

Renowned Speaker and Best-Selling Author of The Myth of Normal

Rhonda V. Magee, MA, JD

Compassion and Injustice

Professor of Law at University of San Francisco and Author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice


Hosted by

Dr. Rick Hanson

Psychologist, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Founder of the Global Compassion Coalition

What you get

5 hours of video

Intimate conversations with experts –  includes audio downloads, closed captions, and transcripts

Guided meditations

Guided experiential practice audios to make the teachings real.

Weekly emails

5 weeks of email reminders and guidance through the course

2 live Q&As

2 hour-long live sessions with
Dr. Rick Hanson at 12pm PT/3pm ET on May 16, and 30

Bonus material

Articles, research papers, and worksheets so you can dig deeper

A thriving community

Access to exclusive community forums to interact with others

Growing compassion — to change your life and the world for the better.

Your tuition for the Heart of Compassion program will give you lifetime access to all of its wonderful interviews, guided meditations, and other materials. Plus you’ll be supporting the Global Compassion Coalition, which is working to put compassion at the heart of global society. Thank you!

Choose from one of three donation options.


Just covering our costs
$ 89 One-Time Payment
  • Lifetime Access to All Course Materials


Supporting the GCC
$ 159 One-Time Payment
  • Lifetime Access to All Course Materials


Helping us do more
$ 229 One-Time Payment
  • Lifetime Access to All Course Materials

Full scholarships are available for those in need.


We aim to make these teachings as accessible as possible – while also using them as a way to raise funds for the good work we’re doing at the Global Compassion Coalition. We hope that everyone will pay what they can, and we also offer full scholarships to anyone in need.

Yes, scholarships are available for those in need. Please see the section directly above to apply.

The Heart of Compassion is a self-paced, on-demand course with pre-recorded video, plus a rich collection of additional materials from its teachers.

There will be 3 live-streamed Q&As with Dr. Rick Hanson at 12pm PT / 3pm ET on May 2, May 16, and May 30. However, these are optional and the recordings will be made available if you can’t attend live (or want to re-watch it).

All of the course videos will be captioned and transcripts will also be available.

Send an email to and we will be happy to help.

Sometimes our confirmation emails can get stuck in  Spam/Junk folders. Please check there, and if you still have not found it, please send an email to and we will be happy to help.

The refund policy is good for 30 days after the program starts (May 1, 2023) – and if you’ve registered after that time, it is good for 30 days after purchase. If you would like a refund, please email us at

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