Contemplative Psychotherapy Program

Contemplative Psychotherapy Program

Two-year training integrating time-tested mindfulness and compassion practices in Buddhist psychology with evidence-based western psychotherapy and neuropsychology.


The Nalanda Institute Contemplative Psychotherapy Program is the leading certification program in the West for integrating mindfulness and compassion-based meditation practices and Buddhist psychology with contemporary psychotherapy, and current neuropsychology. This offering is available globally in 3 locations.

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The most complete team of experts ever assembled on these topics will teach you to weave contemplative psychology, insights, and practices into the daily fabric of your professional practice and personal life.

The faculty is comprised of leading Buddhist scholars, practitioners, world-class meditation teachers, pioneering mindfulness and compassion researchers, and renowned clinicians. The program is led by Dr. Joe Loizzo, Dr. Pilar Jennings, Program Directors Fiona Brandon, Javier Garcia Campayo, and Helen Park; and guest faculty includes Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Rev angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah, Tara Brach, Dan Siegel, Chris Germer, Stephen Porges, Paul Fulton, Ethan Nichtern, Sebene Salassie, and others.

  • Students gather with rev. angel Kyodo williams after her Radical Dharma talk.

Who is this training for?

This program is for health professionals, therapists, coaches, educators, caregivers and anyone in a helping profession interested in integrating contemplative practice, cutting edge neuroscience, and contemporary psychotherapy into their personal and professional life.

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Part of the richness of program is the remarkably broad range of professions represented—all are oriented toward integrating healing practices into their professional discipline. We have had marriage/family therapists, private-practice psychotherapists, psychiatrists, coaches, educators, graduate students, yoga instructors, acupuncturists, Christian reverends, corporate professionals, and hospital-institutional physicians and psychiatrists.

You will join a community of peers and mentors and become part of a global network for lifelong learning, inspiration, and development.


The curriculum is taught over two years. One year is dedicated to Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy and the other in Compassion-based Psychotherapy. Participants may start the two-year program in either year:

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Mindfulness Year

The Mindfulness year provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating contemplative psychology and meditation practice into contemporary psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, object-relational, interpersonal, family-systems therapies and related caregiving fields. Areas of study include:

• foundations of Buddhism and Buddhist psychology
• neuroscience of meditation
• clinical applications of mindfulness: mechanisms of change and effects
• contemplative psychotherapy: integrative nuances
• meditation practicum: instruction with Sharon Salzberg

Compassion Year

The Compassion Year provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating the social psychology and meditation practices of the Nalanda tradition into contemporary transpersonal and self-psychology, narrative, somatic, and gestalt therapies. Areas of study include:

• transforming the mind for social engagement
• self-analysis and giving-and-taking practices
• role-modeling imagery and embodied openness for self-transformation
• visualization and sublimation practices
• meditation practicum: instruction with Bob Thurman


The Nalanda Institute’s Certificate in Mindfulness-Based and Compassion-Based Psychotherapy is awarded to those who complete all of the requirements of that year’s curriculum, including the initial retreat, coursework, meditation teach-backs, daily meditation practice, and a capstone project.

View a video about the program with Director Joe Loizzo

View a sample from one of our retreats with Sharon Salzberg and Director Joe Loizzo

Global participation

The program is currently offered through four international sites: New York City, San Francisco, Switzerland and CPP in Spanish and Portugese. The format varies slightly for each location depending on group size, the availability of faculty, and the needs of our local partners. View details for each:

Contemplative Psychotherapy Program New York City

Contemplative Psychotherapy Program San Francisco

Contemplative Psychotherapy Program Switzerland

Contemplative Psychotherapy Program in Spanish & Portuguese

Online learning

Online learning availability and specifics vary. Please view each location for details.


Core Faculty and Directors: Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD (Director); Mar Aige, BFA, MA (Co-Director, CPP in Spanish and Portuguese); Fiona Brandon, MA, MFT (Director, San Francisco); Ann Harper Campbell, MSN, MPH, NP, CYT (Co-Director, NYC); Pilar Hurtado, MD, MS (Co-Director, CPP in Spanish and Portuguese); Rahshaana Green, MBA, PMP, RYT (Co-Director, NYC), Pilar Jennings, PhD (Core Faculty); and Geri Loizzo (Inclusivity Liaison).

Guest Faculty: Past and present guest lecturers have included Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Lama Rod Owens, Tara Brach, Dan Siegel, Chris Germer, Roshi Joan Halifax, Richard Davidson, Paul Fulton, Stephen Porges, and Ethan Nichtern.

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New York Co-Directors:
San Francisco: Rahshaana Green, Director, CPP NYC
CPP in Spanish and Portuguese: Mar Aige, Co-Director


Attending the Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy 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.

—Debra Rosenzweig, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

And from one of our distance learning students:

I can’t find words to explain how important this journey has been for me. My spiritual and professional growth has been like a flower growing slowly and steadfastly toward the sun. My experience with the people I work with has completely changed. Now I’m able to receive their struggles like a gift and together we can embark on our specific and enthusiastic path toward the awareness of interdependence.

—Giulia Mellacca