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The Nalanda Institute
Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy

Co-Sponsored by the Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science & Institute of Traditional Medicine

The program: The Nalanda Institute Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy is an historic 9-month professional training program offering unprecedented cross-training in Buddhist mind science and meditation techniques, direct access to world pioneers in the field, and an ongoing process of mentoring and community, which will immerse you in the inspiring new field of contemplative neuropsychology.

Gain access to world pioneers in Contemplative science and psychotherapy including Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Rick Hanson, Pilar Jennings, Daniel Siegel, Miles Neale, Joe Loizzo, without leaving Toronto.

Whether you are a psychotherapist, health professional, coach, yoga teacher or educator, the Nalanda Institute Certificate Program provides you with all the knowledge and skills necessary 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.

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.


The Toronto-based program is a hybrid format combining online and in-person learning. The training begins with an intensive in-person weekend retreat at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, in addition to two other in-person weekend retreats and five 3-hour in-person cohort trainings spread evenly throughout the year.

Nalanda Institute Assistant Director Dr. Miles Neale will offer three in-person retreats at ITM in addition to periodic online supervision. Meanwhile ITM co-director Marco Mascarin, Ph.D., will offer five in-person cohort trainings and manage logistics as our host in Toronto.

Certificate and Diploma Tracks

There are two training tracks for the Toronto Certificate Program:
Certificate and Diploma.

Those who complete all live retreats, in-person cohort meetings, online lectures, readings, daily mediations, assignments and capstone project are awarded Certificate of Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy in Year One and Certificate in Compassion-based Psychotherapy in Year Two. It is not mandatory to complete both years, and one may apply separately for each.

Students interested in receiving the Diploma in Contemplative Psychotherapy are required to complete all of the Certificate requirements in addition to covering a comparative overview of Fundamentals of Psychotherapeutic Theories and Systems, relevant current Diagnostic and Treatment categories, Human Psychology and Development Throughout the Life-span, Ethics, Jurisprudence and Referrals, Therapeutic Relationship Skills and Boundaries, Cultural and Spiritual influences, and Anti-oppression Theories. Participants are required to complete both years of the Program, and during Year 2 at a supplemental cost to tuition participate in Clinical Case Studies and Supervision as well as complete all written assignments. The Diploma is designed to meet all the requirements mandated by the College of Psychotherapists and Mental Health Therapists of Ontario. Specific inquires about the Diploma should be directed to: Marco Mascarin, Ph.D. at:

2016 Schedule

April 22–24, 2016.  Mind-Training for Pro-Social Engagement (M. Neale)

July 222–24, 2016.  Role-Modeling Visualization for Self-Transformation
(M. Neale)

November 18–20, 2016.  Subtle Body Energy Work for Deep Integration
(M. Neale)

May 27, June 24, August 19, September 23, October 21. Friday evening cohort meetings (M. Mascarin)

Requirements for Students

Students must attend all in person retreats and trainings as well as virtually attend all online supervisory meetings and view all recorded lectures online.

Strongly recommended that students read all written materials provided and maintain a daily meditation practice.

Students will be required to maintain 1) the Meditation Practice Journal recording their daily progress notes as well as 2) the Didactic Journal noting their key reflections and questions regarding content of each lecture.

Students will complete a Capstone Project integrating their learning (i.e. research paper, video, or service project) which will be supervised by Miles and Marco. There are four pre-determined check-in dates leading to capstone project completion.

All in-person retreats and intensive group trainings will take place at Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto.

Objectives and Outcomes

On completion of the Mindfulness-based Contemplative Psychotherapy 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


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