Meditation Teacher Training Fall 2019

Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

Meditatio Teacher Training

Meditation Teacher Training in Mindfulness & Loving-kindness

Presented by Nalanda Institute. September 21st through December 21st, 2019

With Nalanda Institute faculty Megan Mook, Pooja Amy Shah, MD, and Scott Tusa

This 100-hour teacher training is for people who want to explore the fundamentals of mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation and become a qualified meditation teacher. It’s also for healthcare providers, yoga teachers, coaches, therapists, educators and other professionals who want to bring meditation into their life’s work.

All students who pass this training will receive a Certificate for Teaching Mindfulness & Loving-kindness Meditation from the Nalanda Institute.

The Schedule

Students attend 3 Saturday retreats, 1 Sunday retreat, and 12 Wednesday evening classes.

Retreats (1:00pm – 6:00pm)
Saturday, September 21st
Sunday, October 20th
Saturday, November 16th
Saturday, December 21st

Wednesday Evening Classes (6:15pm – 8:30pm)
September 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20
December 4, 11, 18

Meditation Teacher Training will take place at Balance Arts Center (151 W 30th, 3rd fl, NYC).

Nalanda Institute Meditation Teacher Training

Graduates gather for celebration photo at the end of our last training.


If you meditate now, want to advance your practice, and gain proficiency teaching meditation…

If you are a healthcare provider, yoga teacher, coach, therapist, educator, or other professional and want to learn more about the wisdom behind meditation and understand how and why it affects the mind, brain and body so profoundly…

If you seek the knowledge, wisdom and skills to become a certified meditation teacher, this program is for you.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to study and practice meditation, learn wisdom and develop your teaching skills with teachers immersed in Buddhism, the art of teaching meditation, and the latest thinking on the neuropsychology of meditation.

Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, heal the body and mind and enhance your feeling of well-being.

Through immersion in experiential learning and reflection, committed personal practice, and supervised teaching practice, participants will:

  • Understand meditation from the historic, neuroscientific, psychological, and experiential perspectives
  • Learn the self-healing framework of the Four Noble Truths and their direct relevance and application to modern neuropsychology, meditation practice and daily life
  • Understand breath awareness and the full spectrum of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of Body, Mindfulness of Sensitivity, Mindfulness of Mindset and Mindfulness of Mentality
  • Make connections between mindfulness practice and the insights that guide each field of practice, including dissatisfaction, impermanence, potential for freedom, and selflessness
  • Explore the healing power of love and compassion and learn the practice of loving-kindness meditation
  • Find greater presence, balance, clarity, and expansiveness within yourself through committed personal meditation practice
  • Practice leading meditations in one-to-one, small group, and audio recorded formats and receive constructive feedback
  • Build a supportive learning community (sangha) with your fellow classmates and discuss how to facilitate and encourage community as a teacher
  • Complete an individual project incorporating the course material into your own practice or teaching
  • Develop the confidence, vocabulary, and presence to successfully lead others in a full range of mindfulness and loving-kindness meditations and build their own meditation practice



Former Students Say…

  • “Transformational.”
  • “I was confident in the teaching but my personal practice has really taken off and changed my life.”
  • “The course is amazing. The teachers broke this heavy learning down in a way that is easy to absorb. The group and leaders are all very supportive.”
  • “I loved all the neuroscience.”
  • “I got deeper into the practice and more connected to myself.”
  • “The Nalanda staff brought a wealth of material, experience and knowledge for the benefit of us all.”
  • “Taking the meditation teacher training course was one of the best decisions I’ve made and it has changed my life! Thank you for providing the opportunity!”
  • “I was a beginner when the program began. My knowledge and confidence has grown through the constant practice and teaching.”
  • “I feel like I have much more clarity in my life.”
  • “So much more confident in my own practice and myself generally”

For questions large or small, please contact Anu Kulkarni Wells,

Meet Our Teachers

Megan Mook

Megan Mook, is a writer and meditation teacher. She conducts corporate seminars on emotional intelligence, writes about meditation, hosts immersive retreats, and is the head teacher of MNDFL Meditation in Brooklyn. She holds a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from the International Buddhist College in Thailand and has studied Tibetan scriptural translation with Robert Thurman and Lozang Jamspal of Columbia University. Over the last 15 years, Megan has immersed herself in the study of Buddhism by working closely with teachers in the Zen, Theravada, and Tibetan traditions. Megan is the Coordinator for Nalanda Institute’s Meditation Teacher Training.

Pooja Amy Shah

Pooja Amy Shah, MD, is a practicing dual Board Certified Integrative and Family Medicine physician, who is also licensed in medical acupuncture. She has trained at Harvard University’s Benson Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine and recently completed the two year program in Contemplative Psychotherapy at the Nalanda Institute. She will be furthering her studies this fall at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Pooja has studied yoga since medical school and has practiced more than 600 hours of vinyasa yoga asana at Kula Yoga Project over the last four years. She has a private integrative medicine practice in lower Manhattan focused on the holistic healing of chronic illnesses and pain using a discerning blend of Eastern medical traditions and standard Western allopathic care. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University / New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she serves as Director of Integrative Medicine, teaches residents and medical students, and works as inpatient hospital faculty.

Scott Tusa

Scott Tusa is a Buddhist teacher based in Brooklyn. He teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology nationally in both group and one-to-one settings, and supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor. He trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation with some of the greatest living masters since his early twenties, including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Tulku Sangag Rinpoche. Ordained by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, he spent nine years as a Buddhist monk, with much of that time engaged in solitary meditation retreat and study in the United States, India, and Nepal.

Join our highly skilled team this Fall!