Nalanda Institute and COVID-19

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A letter from our Director regarding the COVID-19 virus
along with important course schedule updates

March 12, 2020

Dear Friends of Nalanda Institute,

In light of the spread COVID-19, we have been listening carefully to the advice of our public health experts, as well as our friends in Italy and Asia. While our need for contemplative practice and community is even greater at times like these, we recognize that we can be part of the solution by relieving students, teachers and staff of the need to travel and risk exposure.

So we have decided to follow the lead of so many learning institutions and have cancelled, postponed, rescheduled programming and/or moved to distance learning.

>> See below for ongoing changes and updates to our schedule.

This is a time of understandable fear, stress, and confusion for everyone, so hopefully we as a community can rely on our mindfulness and compassion practice to calm our own fears and be a calming, caring presence for those around us, especially those hard hit by the virus here and abroad. Please stay safe, observe all reasonable precautions, and turn adversity to advantage by making this pause an opportunity to deepen your practice!

Warm healing wishes for all,


Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD
Founder and Director
Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

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Calendar updates / in-person classes and events

The Aesthetics of Enlightenment panel and workshop. March 20, 21. Will be rescheduled.

Embodying the Great Seal of Non-Dual Compassion (Sustainable Happiness Course 6 with Scott Tusa). Through April 6. Continues online only. New online registrants welcome. View course details

Unpacking the Path. Meditation and discussion series with Geri Loizzo moves online starting March 18th. Contact Geri for details, geri@nalandainstitute.org

Great Seal Practice: Embodying Universal Compassion Retreat with Scott Tusa. April 5. Postponed. View retreat details

Lunchtime Meditation. We’re please to announce that beginning on March 20th, Lunchtime Meditation will resume online via Zoom. View our calendar for details

Unpacking the Path with Geri Loizzo. Continues to meet through April 1. View course details

Liberation Through Love and Rage. Lama Rod Owens Talk. April 9. So far, April courses and events will continue as planned. View talk details


Calendar updates / registration-based courses

Meditation Teacher Training in Compassion. In-person, starting March 13. This course will be rescheduled shortly. Those who have already registered will be contacted by our staff.

Contemplative Psychotherapy Program — New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Zaragoza. All locations are currently mid-semester. Most coursework is scheduled to continue online for the time being. Students will be contacted by our staff with any changes or details.

Boundless Leadership. Will continue online.

Compassion-Based Resilience Training. In-person, April 13 – June 13. So far, April courses and events will continue as planned. View course details