CBRT Spring 2020

Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

Compassion-Based Resilience Training

Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT)

Training for well-being, engagement, and purpose: learning to live mindfully and compassionately, with resilience, perspective and energy.

April 13 – June 13, 2020

With Maria Perez, MPH, CCM and Erica Saccente, PMHNP-BC


CBRT is a complete, evidence-based training method of building resilience and well-being of mind, heart, and body using mindfulness and compassion practice as well as healing imagery and breath-work. Since it includes a broad range of insights and skills taught separately in other trainings, it offers the most effective way for individuals and groups to get fully introduced to the health benefits of contemplative stress-reduction and compassionate living.

The curriculum integrates timeless contemplative skills with contemporary breakthroughs in neuroscience, positive psychology, and integrative medicine, and is taught in a secular, experiential learning format that is not faith-based but is compatible with all faiths, including atheism/agnosticism.

Who is this training for?

This training is for anyone wishing a comprehensive training method for building resilience, including living mindfully and compassionately; cultivating well-being, and transforming stress while helping others. Our research has shown that it is especially effective at building resilience in people with higher levels of chronic stress, such as people facing major illness or trauma, health providers, humanitarian aid workers, caregivers and teachers.

Research studies conducted at the University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell with women recovering from breast cancer treatment found that the Nalanda Institute Compassion-Based Resilience Training improves quality of life, reduces biomarkers of stress, lowers social emotional and role stress, enhances overall functioning and resilience, and markedly decreases post-traumatic symptoms including intrusive thinking and traumatic avoidance.


This training consists of eight weekly modules that introduce and teach mindfulness, insight, compassion, imagery, and breath-energy work:

Module 1. Embracing Suffering with Body Mindfulness
Module 2. Stopping Reactive Habits with Mindful Sensitivity
Module 3. Breaking Free of Confusion with Open Awareness
Module 4. Mindful Insight: The Lifelong Path of Self-Healing
Module 5. Reparenting Reactive Emotions with Self-Compassion
Module 6. Cultivating Love and Care: Reaping the Harvest of Well-Being
Module 7. Compassionate Imagery and Expression: Fostering a More Engaged Self and Life
Module 8. Breath-Body Flow: Inspiring a More Positive Life

The training culminates in a Saturday, daylong retreat, also held at Tibet House. This retreat synthesizes all of the learning modules in an experiential format, and is included in the tuition cost.

Resources / Tuition

A login to a dedicated website  with a manual, audio guided meditations, and readings will be available to all those who enroll.

Course fee: $280

Course Schedule / Location

The schedule consists of 8 evening classes and is followed by a daylong closing retreat.

Monday evening classes (6:30 – 8:30pm)
April 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18
June 1, 8

Saturday daylong retreat
June 13 from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Classes and retreat are held at Tibet House in NYC

What they are saying

Read what our workshop participants have said about the program:

  • “I loved the feeling I had during and after each meditation session. I also felt a great sense of community with the other [participants] present.”
  • “It gave me even more than I hoped for. I took the training because of my fears, but it also helped me relate to my husband. It helped give me a purpose. I feel so grateful.”
  • “I feel much happier and able to cope with life’s changes. I feel so grateful to have been able to participate in the [training] and learn from Dr. Loizzo.”
  • ”I have a new outlook now with the meditation. It made me a new person in dealing with my cancer. It helped me to slow and get off the spinning wheel.”
  • “In combination with learning about the science of meditation, I learned to meditate in a way that alleviates anxiety…The benefits are great—beyond estimation.”
  • “It has made a subtle but huge difference in almost every area of my life and has given me hope which I never expected to have that I can change, and handle challenges in a way that satisfies me more.”


Our instructors are longtime practitioners who are certified to teach CBRT under the guidelines set forth in the CBRT Teacher Training method.

Maria Perez

Maria Perez, MPH, CCM, is founder and CEO of Case Management Network, Inc., which provides care coordination and management of traumatic injuries within occupational and liability insurance frameworks. She received her MPH from Columbia University and has completed multiple programs from the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science including the Sustainable Happiness Program, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, Meditation Teacher Training, and Yoga, Mind & Spirit. In addition to her own meditation practice, Perez has integrated teaching mindfulness meditation to her employees and patients for stress reduction and pain control.

Erica Saccente, PMHNP-BC, is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been studying yoga and Buddhism for over a decade. She has a BS in Neuroscience from Lafayette College, a BS in Nursing and a MS in PMHNP from Columbia University. She is a 200-hr Yoga Teacher and also teaches meditation rooted in Tibetan Buddhism. She completed Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program and Yoga, Mind, & Spirit, and she serves as faculty for Nalanda Institute’s Compassion-Based Resiliency Training (CBRT). She is also a Mindful Awareness Teacher with Mindwell Labs, Inc. Erica has prior experience working at the Nathan Kline Institute studying sensory processing in schizophrenia. She has been working with under-served communities for many years, and she is currently employed at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s where she provides psychiatric treatment to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and people readjusting to society after incarceration. She also has a small private practice in NYC, Adhara Insight NP in Psychiatry.

Join us for this comprehensive, life changing course!

Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) was developed by Nalanda Institute Director and Founder Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, in 1998, by integrating timeless techniques of contemplative self-regulation from India and Tibet with contemporary breakthroughs in neuroscience, positive psychology, and optimal health.

This CBRT offering is co-sponsored by Tibet House US.