CBRT Teacher Training 2019

Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

Compassion-Based Resilience Training

Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT)

Become a CBRT Teacher

Join us for CBRT Teacher Training with CBRT’s Founder Dr. Joe Loizzo
May 15 – November 23, 2019

CBRT Overview

  • CBRT is an evidence-based modular training that teaches the science and skills people need
 to reduce stress, build resilience, and cultivate lives of well-being, engagement, and purpose 
in our ever more interdependent world.
  • CBRT empowers people to develop a more resilient mind, heart, and body by combining skills taught separately in other trainings—mindfulness, compassion, imagery, and breath-work—into one step-by-step introduction.
  • CBRT provides the most cost-effective way of educating lay and professional groups in the full spectrum of mind/body research and contemplative skills.

Would you like to learn, practice, and be certified to teach the only proven contemplative training that introduces participants to mindfulness, compassion, imagery, and breath-work in one complete program of stress-reduction, self-healing, and mind/body well-being?

The Training

This CBRT Teacher Training includes:

  • Eight ninety-minute live, interactive online video class meetings (classes are recorded for make-up and review)
  • In-class interactive breakout sessions for meditation and content teach-backs
  • A daylong in-person closing retreat in New York City
  • A comprehensive Teacher Training website with:
  • Access to a complete series of instructional videos
  • A CBRT student manual and CBRT teacher manual
  • A full series of audio guided meditation files to reinforce your home practice
  • Chapters and articles to stimulate deeper learning
  • Access to a sample CBRT student website


Students who take the CBRT Teacher Training will:

  • Learn to explain in clear, simple terms how current neuropsychology shows the power of contemplative methods to turn the self-enclosed processing of stress and trauma into the prosocial processing that fuels open engagement and resilience at all levels of mind and brain.
  • Learn how to transform a contemplative skills learning group into an emotionally open and caring community that can spark and sustain the growth of each participant towards greater well-being, engagement, and purpose.
  • Learn how to integrate contemplative practice into your life and work to deliver Compassion-Based Resilience Training—CBRT—to groups large and small, whether in healthcare, education, business, or community service settings.

CBRT Curriculum

The CBRT curriculum teaches the full spectrum of research-based insights and time-tested self-regulation skills in eight modules, each of which is the subject of one of the monthly online class meetings:

Module I: Embracing Suffering with Body Mindfulness
Bringing mindful awareness to our breathing body enables us to reconnect with our inner lives, to embrace the experience of being in a sensitive body, vulnerable to pleasure and pain, and to begin releasing the survival habits of stress, trauma, and reactivity.

Module II: Stopping Reactive Habits with Mindful Sensitivity
Staying in touch with the raw feel of our inner lives with mindful sensitivity helps us maintain balanced awareness through the ups, downs, and plateaus of pleasant, painful, and neutral experience, to anticipate reactivity, and to replace the urge to avoid or crave with the ease of acceptance and care.

Module III: Breaking Free of Confusion with Open Awareness
Deep mindfulness of mind trains us to cut through the mesh of reactive habits and stress instincts that normally block the full openness and clarity of our human mind. It empowers us to own and awaken the boundless potential for learning, unlearning, freedom and creativity that lies dormant in all of us.

Module IV: Mindful Insight: The Lifelong Path of Self-Healing
In all-inclusive mindfulness we apply our open mind to expose and change the mindless habits of thinking, feeling, and acting shape our unconscious mindset, empowering our inner therapist to cut the roots of reactivity and grow proactive new ways of being in the world.

Module V: Reparenting Reactive Emotions with Self-Compassion
As we learn to view our confused childhood selves with a wise, caring mind, we begin to see through our myopic cocoon and inner monologue, and to reparent ourselves one breath at a time by replacing self-enclosure and self-criticism with the mature insight, guidance, and care our hearts need to heal, grow, and change.

Module VI: Cultivating Love and Care: Reaping the Harvest of Well-Being
Once we learn to take care and give love to ourselves, we experience our stressed interactions with others—close, neutral, and far—as the interplay of our own confused, vulnerable child mind with theirs. We then naturally widen our circle of care and love, empowering ourselves to engage others and our larger world in a more meaningful and effective way.

Module VII: Heroic Imagery and Expression: Modeling a Larger Self and Life
Given the complex challenges of life in our digital age, now more than ever we need to harness the creative power of imagination to a proactive vision of better living in a better world. Re-envisioning our lives through the eyes of inspiring mentors can awaken the heroic resolve we need to reshape our self, life, work, and world for the best.

Module VIII: Breath-Body Flow: Inspiring a More Positive Life
Even when we have the example of mentors and the courage to revise our selves and lives, in order to realize our full potential, we need to sense, elicit and harness the energy and chemistry of well-being that rewires our neural networks and bodies to live naturally at one with others, and with the complex world and earth we all share.

Who is This Teacher Training For?

Anyone seeking to integrate contemplative practice more effectively into their work, by developing the science-based language and meditative teaching skills to quickly introduce mainstream groups to the full range of human contemplative insights and arts.

Health workers of all disciples—social workers, psychologists, nurses, mental health counselors, physicians, palliative care workers, art therapists—as well as educators, school counselors and administrators, executive coaches, organizational consultants, human resource professionals, faith-based counselors and ministers, community workers and lay caregivers—all are encouraged to apply.

Participants are required to have at least two years of continuous contemplative practice of any kind, including mindfulness, kindness and compassion, TM, the relaxation response, visualization, Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Dzog-chen, Mahamudra, Vedanta, Tantra, Tai-chi, Qi-gong, Orthodox Heart Prayer, Christian Spiritual Exercises, Sufi meditation, Jewish contemplation, Kabbalah, Kirtan and Indigenous chanting.

Join us to deepen and broaden your impact by mastering the most complete and cost-effective evidence-based training available to teach people from all walks of life the full spectrum of contemplative insights and skills we need to thrive in our interdependent age.

Study Formats

  • Lecture and Discussion
  • Group Practice Sessions
  • Self-Study and Assigned Readings
  • Meditation Home Practice and Journaling
  • Yoga and Meditation Teach-Backs
  • Personal Project Mentoring

Graduation and Certification

Capstone Project. CBRT teacher training students will complete a capstone project where they independently teach a partial or full CBRT.

A Certificate of Accomplishment will be awarded to those who successfully complete the program.

Course Schedule

The training consists of 8 live, interactive online classes and is followed by an in-person daylong closing retreat.

All classes are held Wednesday evenings, 7:00–8:30 PM, Eastern Time:

May 15, June 5, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 2, October 30, November 13

The closing retreat will take place November 23rd in New York City


$900 / includes 8 interactive online classes and a daylong retreat along with a login to a website that provides access to archived instructional videos, audio guided meditations, student and teacher manuals, articles, a sample student website, and more.

More About CBRT and Dr. Joe Loizzo

Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) and CBRT Teacher Training are programs of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.

Joe LoizzoCBRT 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. The CBRT program, led by Dr. Loizzo, has been offered continuously since 1998 at New York Hospital, and the University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell. It has also been offered at a range of New York City area schools and businesses including the Calhoun School, Rebecca School, Appnexus, and the NY Public Library.

Dr. Loizzo has conducted four published studies of its efficacy. Research studies conducted at Weill Cornell Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine with women recovering from breast cancer found that CBRT reduces biomarkers of stress, improves quality of life, lowers social-emotional and cultural role stress, enhances resilience and overall functioning, and markedly decreases post-traumatic symptoms including intrusive thinking and traumatic avoidance. Ongoing studies of the training are underway.

Joseph Loizzo, MD, PhD, is a contemplative psychotherapist, Buddhist scholar, and author with over four decades’ experience integrating Indo-Tibetan mind science and healing arts into modern neuropsychology, psychotherapy, and clinical research. He is founder and director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, and a clinician in private practice in Manhattan.


If you have any questions about CBRT Teacher Training or want to know if this is the right program for you, feel free to contact Dr. Loizzo at joe@nalandainstitute.org