Contemplative Psychotherapy Program

The leading program for the integration of mindfulness, compassion, and embodiment practices, Buddhist psychology and ethics, with contemporary neuropsychology, psychotherapy and social justice work.

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Contemplative Psychotherapy Program

The leading program for the integration of mindfulness, compassion, and embodiment practices, Buddhist psychology and ethics, with contemporary neuropsychology, psychotherapy and social justice work.

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Overview

The most complete team of experts ever assembled in this field will teach you to weave contemplative psychology, insights, and practices into the daily fabric of your professional practice and personal life. Past guest faculty have included Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, Tara Brach, Mark Epstein, Jan Willis, Roshi Joan Halifax, Rick Hanson, Chris Germer, Jasmine Syedullah, Richard Davidson, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, Lobsang Rapgay, Dan Siegel, Ethan Nichtern and many others.

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Overview

The most complete team of experts ever assembled in this field will teach you to weave contemplative psychology, insights, and practices into the daily fabric of your professional practice and personal life. Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, Tara Brach, Mark Epstein, Jan Willis, Roshi Joan Halifax, Rick Hanson, Chris Germer, Jasmine Syedullah, Richard Davidson, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, Lobsang Rapgay, Dan Siegel, Ethan Nichtern and many others.

Nalanda Institute faculty

Benefits

The Contemplative Psychotherapy Program is a truly life changing experience that invites students to engage academic content, experiential practices and open-hearted discussions in a unique journey of contemplative learning and community. Here are just some of the vital benefits participants will gain:

  • Comprehensive grounding in all schools of Buddhist Psychology
  • Rigorous training in mindfulness, compassion and embodiment practice
  • An inclusive caring community that supports deep personal transformation
  • Immersion in the East-West dialogue around neuroscience, psychology and social justice
  • Mentoring in contemplative self-analysis for personal growth and professional practice

Curriculum

The full Contemplative Psychotherapy Program is taught over three years focusing on Mindfulness, Compassion and Embodiment respectively. Students, however, are not obligated to take all three years and may choose to take only the Mindfulness or Compassion programs. The Embodiment program is currently only open to graduates of both the Mindfulness and Compassion programs or with the permission of the instructor.

The 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:

  • The 4 foundations of mindfulness, loving-kindness, and self-compassion practices
  • Traditional and contemporary models of stress and trauma
  • The neuroscience of meditation, plasticity, and memory reconsolidation
  • Clinical applications of mindfulness, loving-kindness, and self-compassion
  • Unlearning implicit bias, developing radical acceptance and prosocial engagement
  • Meditation practicum: instruction with Sharon Salzberg

The Compassion Year

The Compassion Year provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating the social psychology, compassion practice and transformational approach of the Nalanda tradition with contemporary relational, intersubjective and systems approaches, somatic, polyvagal and gestalt therapies. Areas of study include:

  • Transforming the mind for compassionate social engagement
  • The neuropsychology of attachment trauma, implicit bias, and social stress-reactivity
  • Fourfold compassion practice, self-transcendent insight practice and the practice of embodied self-world transformation
  • Transforming the unconscious mind and nervous system for embodied social engagement
  • The neuropsychology of social stress and trauma, transformational affects, polyvagal theory, and positive psychosocial development
  • Meditation practicum: instruction with Bob Thurman

The Embodiment Year

The Embodiment Year offers an advanced in-depth study and practice of the transformational depth-psychology, embodiment practice and altruistic ethics of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, along two parallel yet linked practical application tracks.

The Embodied Psychotherapy track integrates embodied contemplative science and practice with contemporary self-psychology, depth-psychology, internal family systems, somatic, and trauma therapies. The Embodied Psychosocial Change track integrates embodied contemplative science and practice with social work, decolonizing education, social justice work, community organizing, non-profit and humanitarian aid work, climate justice and political activism. Areas of study include:

  • Transforming the unconscious mind and central nervous system for embodied compassion and altruistic engagement
  • The neuropsychology of transformational affects, autonomic regulation, and flow states
  • Embodied practice of role-modeling imagery for self-transformation and community building
  • Embodied breath-work and open flow awareness practices for healing the somatic dimensions of trauma, and for internalized racial, gender and other social trauma
  • Meditation practicum: instruction with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and core faculty

Who Is This Program For?

This program attracts a diverse group of individuals made up of health professionals, therapists, coaches, educators, caregivers and many others interested in integrating contemplative practice, cutting edge neuroscience, and contemporary psychotherapy into their personal and professional life.

Testimonials

Alexa Owen

Chris Panzica

Zachary Model

Maria Perez

Paulina Lamas (in Spanish)

Simone Marques (in Portuguese)

Program Details

In the Fall of 2022 we will be offering two Compassion Year courses, the Mindfulness Year in Spanish and Portuguese, and the Embodiment Year. View the chart below for a side-by-side comparison.

The Compassion Year / Live Learning

Dates: September 2 – May 18

Opening retreat September 2 – 4
Meets weekly on Thursdays from 3:00 – 5:30pm PT / 6:00 – 8:30pm ET

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The Compassion Year / Blended Learning

Dates: October 28 – May 2

Opening retreat October 28 – 30
Meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30pm CET / 9:00 – 10:30am PT / 12:00 – 1:30pm ET

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The Mindfulness Year / Blended Learning

in Spanish & Portuguese

Dates: September 16 – May 24

Opening retreat September 16 – 18
Meets bi-weekly the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 1:00 – 2:30pm BRT, 6:00 – 7:30pm CET

Note: Our reference time zone is NY, meeting time may change for you during the course due to daylight saving time

En español

Año de Mindfulness / programa híbrido con clases en vivo y grabadas
en español y portugués
Fechas: 16 de septiembre – 24 de mayo
Retiro de apertura: 16 – 18 de septiembre
Reuniones quincenales el primer y tercer miércoles del mes: 11 AM Mexico, 12PM NY, 1PM Brasilia, 6PM Europa
Nota: Nuestro horario de referencia es Nueva York, la hora de reunión puede cambiar para usted durante el curso debido al horario de verano

Em português

Ano de Atenção Plena / Mindfulness / um programa híbrido com aulas ao vivo e gravadas, em espanhol e português
Datas: 16 de setembro – 24 de maio
Retiro de Abertura: 16 – 18 de setembro
Reuniões quinzenais na primeira e terceira quarta-feira do mês: 11h México, 12h Nova Iorque, 13h Brasília, 18h Europa
Nota: Nosso horário de referência é o de Nova Iorque, o horário das reuniões pode mudar durante o curso, devido ao horário de verão.

The Embodiment Year / Live Learning

Open to graduates of the Mindfulness and Compassion Years or with the permission of the instructor
Dates: September 23 – May 15

Opening retreat September 23 – 25
Meets weekly on Mondays, 3:00 – 5:30pm PT / 6:00 – 8:30pm ET

Quick Comparison

Quick Comparison

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