Meditation Teacher Training Spring 2020

Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

Meditatio Teacher Training

Meditation Teacher Training in Compassion

Presented by Nalanda Institute. March 15, 2020 through June 13, 2020

With Nalanda Institute faculty Megan Mook, Pooja Amy Shah, MD, Scott Tusa, and guest teacher Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD

This teacher training is for people who want to delve deeply into compassion-based practice. This training is for you if you want to become a meditation teacher. It’s also for business people, doctors, yoga teachers, coaches, therapists and other professionals who seek to skillfully and knowledgeably integrate meditation teaching into their work.

All students who pass this training will receive a Certificate for Teaching Compassion Meditation from the Nalanda Institute.

The Schedule

Students attend 4 afternoon retreats and 12 Wednesday evening classes.

Afternoon Retreats

Sunday, March 15 from 3pm–7pm (BA*)
Saturday, April 18 from 1pm–5pm (BA*)
Saturday, May 16 from 1pm–6pm (NYDC*)
Saturday June 13 from 1pm –6pm (NYDC*)

Wednesday Evening Classes
6:15pm – 8:30pm (BA*)

March 18, 25
April 1, 8, (skips 15), 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10

* Balance Arts and the New York Dzogchen Community are both located at
151 West 30th Street, near 7th Ave

The deadline to apply is March 10th.

Please note: we have a limited number of spots available for this training. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, so it is more advantageous to apply sooner to reserve your spot!

Meditation Teacher Training

Recent Meditation Teacher Training in Compassion graduates.


If you meditate and want to enhance your practice with compassion for yourself and others…

If you want to learn more about compassion meditation and to understand how and why it affects the brain, heart and body so profoundly…

Or if you seek the knowledge, wisdom and skills to become a certified meditation teacher in compassion…then this program is for you.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to study and practice the most powerful compassion training methods, learn how they interface with non-dual wisdom and develop your teaching skills with teachers immersed in the latest knowledge on neuroscience, Buddhism and the art of teaching.

Compassion meditation and practice are powerful tools to eliminate the social stress of everyday life, build social emotional resilience, 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 compassion training from the historic, neuroscientific, psychological, and experiential perspectives
  • Learn the powerful Buddhist methods of compassion training preserved in Tibet and their direct relevance and application to modern neuropsychology, meditation practice and daily life
  • Understand the two modes of attention training and the full spectrum of the Four Steps of Exchanging Self-Enclosure for Altruism: Unbiased Empathy, Self-Compassion, Giving and Taking, and Emulating Mentors.
  • Make connections between mindful compassion training and the insights that guide each step of practice, including the equality of all life, the traumatized self, the power of compassion, and altruism
  • Explore the healing power of compassionate self-transcendence and learn the secret practice of taking care and giving love on the breath
  • Find greater equanimity, confidence, and expansiveness within yourself through committed practice of compassion
  • Practice leading compassion 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 compassion meditations and build their own meditative practice of compassion training.



The deadline to apply is March 10th.

Please note: we have a limited number of spots available for this training. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, so it is more advantageous to apply sooner to reserve your spot!

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

Joe Loizzo

Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD is a Harvard-trained 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.

Joe is the author of numerous scholarly review articles on contemplative neuropsychiatry and psychotherapy. His translation study, Nagarjuna’s Reason Sixty with Candrakirti’s Commentary, was an inaugural volume in the American Institute of Buddhist Studies Translation Series distributed by the Columbia University Press. He is author of Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science Of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration (Routledge, 2012) and executive editor of Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy: Accelerating Healing and Transformation (Routledge, 2017).

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, completed the two year program in Contemplative Psychotherapy at the Nalanda Institute, and studied at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Pooja has studied yoga since medical school and is currently completing Kula Yoga Project’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. She has a private integrative medicine practice in Midtown 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 and teaches residents and medical students.

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 Spring!

The deadline to apply is March 10th.

Please note: we have a limited number of spots available for this training. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, so it is more advantageous to apply sooner to reserve your spot!