New to Nalanda Institute?

Welcome new friends!

Whoever you are, whatever personal quest or professional mission has brought you here, consider this your launching pad for the next leg on your journey.

On this page, we’d like to share some pointers to our free resources as well as introduce you to our meditation offerings and programs to help you along your path.


Meditation is one of our core offerings. We teach and practice meditation on its own as well as along with all of our other program offerings. To get started:

  • Visit our Why Meditate? page which holds the text to our printed brochure which serves as a beginner’s guide to meditation.
  • If you’re in New York City, consider attending one of our meditation sessions in person. View our Meditation Offerings page to find out details.
  • Whatever your location, we offer (for free) a sampling of Guided Meditations. The five presented are our most popular.

Offerings for Uncertain Times

At the start of the pandemic, and in the spirit of turning adversity to advantage, we began to gather online on the second Friday of each month. These gatherings included a talk, group meditation and some time for conversation. We also invited some special guests along the way. In addition to the gatherings, we’ve offered some classes, lectures, and meditations. View the offerings.

Our programs and trainings

We offer a variety of programs and trainings in various formats and lengths — many are offered with online options. Visit our Overview page to compare.

Or view details about the individual programs:

Contemplative Psychotherapy Program

Mindful Business & Leadership

Compassion-Based Resilience Training

Our classes and retreats

Take a sneak peek into a couple of our classrooms. Below find video excerpts of Robert Thurman and Tara Brach’s presentations in the Contemplative Psychotherapy program; and Joe Loizzo (with Mary Reilly Nichols).


Read books by or edited by our Founder and Academic Director, Joe Loizzo, and esteemed faculty. Download and read samples. Follow the links to find out more or to purchase:

Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy

Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy: Accelerating Personal and Social Transformation (2nd Edition) edited by Joe Loizzo, Fiona Brandon, Emily J. Wolf, and Miles Neale. Coming soon! The 2nd Edition publication date is June 2023. Published by Routledge.

Download the Introduction by Joe Loizzo
Download Chapter 1 by Kamilah Majied
Find out more about the book

Boundless Leadership

Boundless Leadership: The Breakthrough Method to Realize Your Vision, Empower Others & Ignite Positive Change by Joe Loizzo and Elazar Aslan. Published by Shambhala Press.

Download Joe Loizzo’s Preface, Our Evolutionary Tipping Point
Download Elazar Aslan’s Preface, Our Moral Imperative
Find out more about the book

Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration by Joe Loizzo. With forwards by Robert Thurman and Daniel J. Siegal. Published by Routledge.

Download the Introduction
Find out more about the book

Our mission: We train people from all walks of life in timeless contemplative skills informed by practical neuropsychology to empower themselves and others to cultivate a wise mind, compassionate heart, and altruistic way of being in our interdependent world. Find out more.

Our stellar faculty: Learn from the best! View our Faculty pages to find out more about our directors, faculty and visiting lecturers.

Join in: View our Calendar for courses, retreats and events.