From the Teachers

Love within the family is excellent training for loving everyone.
~ Lama John Makransky

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Leah Weiss Ekstrom, LCSW, PhD Candidate
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Director of Compassion Education for CCARE, Stanford University,
Leah Weiss Ekstrom is a Contemplative Educator whose research focuses on the application of meditation in secular contexts. She has taught in a variety of settings including at Harvard affiliated hospitals, the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights, the Alzheimer’s association, and the National HIV/AIDS Conference.

In 2008, Leah co-founded the Foundation for Active Compassion, a nonprofit organization which provides meditation practices of compassion and wisdom to people involved in social service and social change work. Her current book projects include “Active Compassion— Meditations to Empower Those who Serve Others,” coauthored with John Makransky, and “Directions of Interreligious Pedagogy,” which explores how interreligious education can support peacebuilding efforts. Leah is trained as a meditation teacher and has engaged in extensive retreat practice in the Kagyu/ Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.


Leah’s work at CCARE will include developing and directing the CCT professional education program as well as other educational initiatives such as the application of compassion meditation in schools. Leah received her BA from Stanford University, her MA in clinical social work from Boston College, and is completing her doctoral program in theology and education at Boston College.