The Charter for Compassion Education Institute and Compassionate Houston are partnering on offering you a variety of classes online and in person.

With the Charter for Compassion at the heart of all we do, we invite you to join us in making compassion the driving force as we work to alleviate the suffering of our fellow beings and help create a peaceful global community. 

Click here to learn more about the Charter Education Institute.


Online and ongoing

The Essence of Compassion

Available on-demand.
Cost: $25 for course
Take a historical and cultural journey on the development of thinking about and acting on compassion. Find your own definition by journaling, reading, watching videos, listening to poetry and music, and observing art that reflects views of compassion.


Charter for Compassion: Compassion in Action

Currently available on demand. Cost: Only $10

In 2008, acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Karen Armstrong made a wish—to help create, launch, and propagate a Charter for Compassion. Working with grassroots organization and thousands of partners around the globe, the Charter has become a network of people and projects aimed to fulfill the needs of many communities.

The class is an invitation to become involved in working towards a more equitable and peaceful world.

How To Become A Compassionate Citizen For Groups:

Available for groups and individuals
Learn strategies and tools to activate your community groups in a systematic way. Deepen everyone’s experience of compassion and its impact on an individual and community level. Establish a common ground and a shared vision.

in person program

Compassionate Integrity Training

Houston, Thursdays, Sep 5 - Nov 7, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Facilitated by Pam Lewis, PhD.

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. Learn how to manage your emotions and practice compassion for yourself and others. How can we live our life in accordance with our values and a recognition of common humanity, 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

Contact Pam Lewis for more information 



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.

Compassionate Practice Circle

Monthly Practice Circles on the last Wednesday of the month. Find out how various creative practices enhance our lives. Each meeting is a stand alone gathering. Learn more about Practice Houston

Insight Meditation

Monday sittings and Dharma talk 7:00 – 8:30pm in Fellowship Hall of Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline St. lead by Ginger Clarkson, a Community Dharma Leader. Chairs are provided; please bring your own cushion or bench. 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-NVC

Discover 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 here.

English Dharma Group (EDG)

Sunday Meditation 9:00am-10:00am at Jade Buddha Temple 6969 Westbranch Drive, Houston. Additional weekly meditation groups (SMG) in the Greater Houston area. For Sunday meditation, visit EDG’s website here. To learn about SMG, click here.



Supper Club

Discover the best of Houston’s compassionate culture and diversity by getting to know one another. Join us for our quarterly Supper Club, Saturday, 10/26 6:30p-9p, $25/person. Register here. To host the next gathering or learn more, contact us.


community calendar

Stay informed about opportunities, programs, services, 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, our annual week is dedicated to cultivating compassion in Houston.

Attend a workshop to foster compassion in yourself, or participate in a service project to put compassion into action.

In collaboration with our partners, we offer a variety of unique experiences. Scheduled in April, we will promote Compassion Week 2020 at the beginning of the year.