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The Nalanda Institute
Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy

The Nalanda Institute Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy is a historic program offering unprecedented cross-training in four discrete meditation techniques, direct access to world pioneers in the field, and an ongoing process of mentoring and community, that will immerse you in the inspiring new field of contemplative neuropsychology. The full two-year Program offers an intensive, step-by-step learning experience integrating mindfulness and four progressive systems of Buddhist psychology and meditation, with the most promising breakthroughs in contemporary neuroscience, health psychology, and psychotherapy.  

Our Faculty

Our faculty is led by Nalanda Institute’s Joe Loizzo, Miles Neale, and Emily Wolf along with expert pioneers Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Mark Epstein, Dan Seigel, Roshi Joan Halifax, and Richie Davidson, and includes the most complete and expert team of contemplative researchers and clinicians ever assembled.

Whether you're a psychotherapist, health professional, coach, or educator, the Nalanda Institute Certificate Program will provide you with all the knowledge and skills you'll need to weave the full spectrum of contemplative insights and skills, together with current neuropsychology and psychotherapy, into the daily fabric of your professional practice and personal life. Last but not least, the Program will also connect you with a community of congenial mentors and like-minded peers, who can provide a vital network for lifelong inspiration, learning and development.

Year One

Year One of the Certificate Program provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating contemplative psychology and meditation practice into contemporary psychotherapy, and related caregiving fields. This nine-month Program prepares participants to build mindfulness practice into psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies, and to build loving-kindness practice into object-relational, interpersonal, and family therapies.

Being awarded the Nalanda Institute Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy reflects the completion of all requirements of the first year program, including the initial retreat, coursework, supervision, and daily meditation practice.

Year Two

Year Two of the Certificate Program provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating the social psychology and meditation practices of the Nalanda tradition into contemporary psychotherapy, and related caregiving fields.

This nine-month Program prepares participants to build compassion-training practices like self-analysis and giving-and-taking into self-psychology and transpersonal psychology, and to build role-modeling imagery and sublimation practices into guided imagery, narrative therapy, somatic therapy, deep affect therapy, and gestalt therapy. The Nalanda Institute Certificate in Compassion-Based Psychotherapy reflects completion of all the requirements of the second year program, including the initial retreat, coursework, supervision, and daily meditation practice.

2017–18 Schedule

Mindfulness-based CPCP Retreat will be held at Menla Mountain Retreat Labor Day weekend, September 1–4, 2017.

Weekly classes are held on Thursday evenings at Tibet House (22 West 15th street) from 6–9pm, starting September 14, 2017 through May 2018.


Each Year of the Program includes:

  • An initial 4-day weekend retreat in New York
  • Weekly 3-hour evening class meetings at Tibet House US
  • Weekly in-session meditation practice, opportunity practice leading meditations, group check-in process, and didactic experiences with our rich and diverse expert faculty including pioneers in the field
  • World class meditation masters Sharon Salzberg (Year 1) and Robert Thurman (Year 2) to provide intensive instruction in retreats and ongoing instruction throughout each year
  • Dedicated group process facilitator and Program Director Dr. Emily Wolf
  • 3 convergent learning modes: coursework, group practice and process, daily personal practice of meditation
  • A concluding celebration dinner in New York City.

Program Expectations

Participants are expected to attend all retreats and meetings, complete all home-study, and to develop and/or deepen a daily meditation practice throughout each year. Diligent study and daily contemplative practice are both essential to positive personal and professional development, informing how broadly and deeply you can learn, and incorporate what you learn in your life and work. 

Both years of the Nalanda Institute Certificate Program require active participation in retreats and classes, brief reflection papers on any missed classes (via audio recordings), as well as completion of reading assignments, meditation teach-backs, reflection papers, and capstone project before the Certificate can be awarded.

Distance Learning

For those who live outside of the New York metropolitan area and wish to participate in our Program, we offer an online distance learning option. Students who choose the distance learning option are encouraged to attend the retreat, are welcome to attend any of the live classes, and will have complete access to all of the weekly lectures via online video and downloadable audio recording. Distance learning participation will not result in a certificate.

Objectives and Outcomes

On completion of the full two-year Program, participants are expected to have:

  • Familiarity of theory, practice, methodology, and research of contemplative practice as it relates to the professional practice of psychology.
  • Developed and/or deepened a daily practice of two to four meditation techniques
  • Familiarity and ability to teach meditation techniques in individual and group settings
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the four systems of Buddhist psychology and meditation
  • Knowledge of clinical interventions and research with all four contemplative methods
  • Clear understanding of the psychological mechanisms of healing and change involved with various contemplative interventions
  • A nuanced sensitivity to the cross-cultural interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy
  • A detailed, working familiarity with the neuroscience of meditation and psychotherapy
  • Mastered integrating contemplative insights and methods into their practice and lives


The Healing Mentor, Bhaishajya


“Attending the Nalanda Contemplative Psychotherapy Certificate Program has been a rich and rewarding experience. Not only did I deepen and concretize my understanding of Buddhist thought as it applies to clinical work, but I also made lasting friendships with other like-minded clinicians. The sense of community they provide feels like a warm embrace. I am grateful to have become a part of it.”

—Debra Rosenzweig, Ph.D.
    Clinical Psychologist


“Each week the teachers and the group reminded and inspired me to be increasingly present with my clients and in my life. The meetings helped me to bring a more expanded and wise perspective to whatever I was working with that week. I feel honored to be part of such a special community of people.”

—Kelly Zanetich, Ph.D.
    Clinical Psychologist