The Charter for Compassion Education Institute and Compassionate Houston are partnering to bring compassion education closer to you.   With the Charter for Compassion at the heart of all we do, we invite all people to join us in making compassion the driving force as we work to alleviate the suffering of our fellow beings and help create a just economy and a peaceful global community. Our courses are authored by uniquely skilled contributors who share tools and strategies to cultivate self-compassion, compassion for others, and compassionate action. The offerings of the Charter for Compassion Institute are in three categories: Signature courses, Featured courses and Affiliated Courses.   Click here to learn more about the Charter Education Institute.

Education Programs

We are inherently connected to others, care about their well-being and wish to alleviate their suffering. This is compassion and it lies at the heart of all spiritual and moral traditions. Compassion can be cultivated through skills and practices that create a fuller understanding and respect for others.


Online and ongoing

The Essence of Compassion

This course is currently available on-demand. Register anytime.
Cost: $25 for course
The Essence of Compassion is intended to take you on a historical and cultural journey of the development of thinking about and acting on compassion.  In participating in the course you will be simultaneously developing your own definition of compassion by determining what it is and isn’t. You’ll do this by journaling, reading, watching videos, listening to poetry and music and observing art that reflects views of compassion.


Charter for Compassion: Compassion in Action

This course is currently available on demand. Register anytime.
Cost: $10 for course

On February 28, 2008 acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Karen Armstrong received the TED Prize and made a wish—to help create, launch, and propagate a Charter for Compassion. After much work and the contribution of thousands of people the Charter was unveiled to the world on November 12, 2009. This is a course about the Charter that was begun under Armstrong's vision and the work that has evolved throughout the years. More importantly, it is an invitation to those participating in the course to become involved in working towards a more equitable, just and peaceful world. Experience how the Charter works with grass roots organizations around the world in conjunction with thousands of partners. Learn how the Charter has become a network of networks--binding projects and people together to fulfill needs within their communities


How To Become A Compassionate Citizen For Groups: Strategies and Tools to Activate your Community Groups  
(Designed for Individuals or Groups)

This course is available to take now

Who is this course for?
This course provides a systematic way for groups to deepen their experience of compassion and experience its impact on both an individual and community level. It helps people to become acquainted and to establish common ground, and a shared vision.

What is the course about?
Participants are invited on a journey of exploration to discover how to manifest our natural tendency for compassion as sustainable compassionate action.

in person programs

Compassionate Integrity Training

Start Date: September 2019
Facilitated by Pam Lewis, PhD, and Anita Long
Contact Pam Lewis for more information 

Is your group needing some deeper conversations on compassion to spark your next steps?
Deepening your hands-on understanding of compassion will help to inspire ideas of where and how you want to implement your ideas.  Throughout the course participants will engage in exercises and meditations that develop compassion. We will share current scientific research about the validity of these methods.

CIT is a resiliency-informed program that cultivates human values as skills, so we can thrive as individuals, and a society, within a healthy environment. By learning skills to calm our bodies and mind, becoming more emotionally aware, learning to practice compassion for ourselves and others, as well as engaging with compassion in complex systems, we can build towards compassionate integrity: the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with a recognition of common humanity, our basic orientation to kindness and reciprocity. Those who receive a certificate in CIT are eligible to enroll in the CIT Level 1 Facilitator Training Program, which will be offered through the Charter for Compassion’s Education Institute



PRactice groups

Join us as we collaborate with organizations to explore a variety of compassion based practices, develop community, and share the challenges and celebrations that occur when we apply the practice in our daily lives.

Practice Houston Intro to Compassionate Practices

Monthly Practice Circles are held on the last Wednesday of the month. The next session will be on 5/29 from 6:30-8:30p at the WITS Meeting House in the Museum District. This is a great practice group for an introduction to a variety of practices. Each meeting is freestanding and requires no previous knowledge or experience. Lead by Brooke Summers-Perry.
Contact Us to register.
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Insight Meditation

When / Where: Weekly sittings are held on Monday nights from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall on the ground floor at Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline St. Ginger Clarkson, a Community Dharma Leader trained by Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California leads the sittings.

Parking is available for free. Chairs will be provided, but if you prefer to sit on the floor, please bring your own cushion or bench.

The practice and format:
Light relaxation exercise for 15 minutes is followed by 30 mins of silent meditation in the Insight tradition (with instructions). A dharma talk and discussion for 35-40 minutes follows.

Learn more about Insight Meditation

Healing Circles Houston

Explore healing in a learning community. Follow the link below to learn more and to connect with Healing Circles in Houston

Learn more about Healing Circles

Houston Nonviolent Communication (HoustonNVC)

Click the link below to discover some strategies to help you get started or deepen your practice, connect with others who share your interest and help spread NVC awareness in our community.

Learn more about Houston NVC (Nonviolent Communication) Practice Groups

English Dharma Group(EDG)

Group meditation every Sunday morning from 9:00am to 10:00am, including walking and sitting meditation. Emphasis is placed on the Vipassana method and includes other types such as loving-kindness practice. Jade Buddha Temple 6969 Westbranch Drive, Houston. In addition to Sundays, practitioner can join local meditation groups (SMG) in various areas of the Greater Houston area. SMG is a non-sectarian program, focusing on meditation and mindfulness practices with the goal of supporting each other in developing beneficial habits and growing mindfulness skills. For more information on Sunday meditation, visit EDG’s website here. To learn about SMG, click here.



Supper Club

Join us as we get to know each other and discover the best of Houston’s compassionate culture and diversity.

The next Quarterly Supper Club will be in September, 2019. Contact Us to host or sponsor the next gathering or to learn more.


community calendar

Stay informed about programs, service opportunities, and community events. Help us explore and celebrate individuals and groups that grow Houston’s compassionate culture.

Compassionate Houston Community Calendar

Fill out our survey to submit events, programs, volunteer opportunities, and posts we can share on our compassionate community calendar and blog.


Compassion week

Called to Compassionate Action, join us for a week dedicated to cultivating compassion in Houston. Attend a workshop to foster compassion in yourself, or participate in a service project to put compassion in action, or both!