Deepen your practice. expand your compassion.
and Share it with others.
Please note: The next teacher training, for spring 2019, will be our certificate Compassion Teacher Training program. Please learn more and apply for that program by clicking here.
This 100-hour certificate teacher training program is for you if you want to master compassion meditation, become a meditation teacher, or for business people, doctors, yoga teachers, coaches, therapists and other professionals who want to skillfully and knowledgeably integrate compassion teaching — or simply the practice of compassion — into their work.
All students who pass this training will receive a certificate for Teaching Compassion Meditation from the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science and The Path and Pure Yoga. This program is also compliant with Yoga Alliance.
This program will be taught by Dr. Joe Loizzo, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Columbia-trained Buddhist scholar who is a medical doctor, neuroscientist and expert compassion practitioner; by Geri Loizzo, a yogi and meditation faculty member of Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science; and by Megan Mook, also a faculty member of Nalanda as well as a writer and meditation teacher.
Students attend 3 afternoon retreats on a weekend (one Saturday & two Sundays) at Pure West and 10 Wednesday evening classes at Pure East.
- Saturday, March 10th
- Sunday, April 22nd
- Sunday, June 3rd
- March 14, 21, 28
- April 11, 18, 25
- May 2, 9, 16, 23
Now that mindfulness has become a household word .. and begun to transform our way of living and working, the next wave in the confluence of modern science and timeless contemplation is the emerging new research and clinical application of compassion training.
While most of us have been taught to think of love and compassion as luxuries that make us vulnerable or weak, and were led to believe that emotions can’t be trained, decades of research have turned these myths on their head. Recent science has taught us that positive social emotions — love, compassion, joy, equanimity — like medicine help us heal, grow, and change, and that compassion in particular is trainable and quickly alters the way the brain responds to emotional stress. Since emotional stress and reactivity are the main source of wear-and-tear on our brains, and the main cause behind the growing pandemic of hate, violence, trauma, empathy burnout, and compassion fatigue, each of us can benefit greatly from compassion training. Amazingly, it takes only minimal training — four to eight weekly classes — for novices to learn to turn stressful interactions into meaningful social engagement and fundamental well-being.
Compassion is the new mindfulness.
This unprecedented program is based on the same timeless methods that researchers have found effective in the neuroscience lab and psychiatry clinic. It trains meditation and yoga teachers to share these with students in light of the latest neuroscience and psychotherapy, as well as time-tested theory and practices from classic Buddhist and Hindu traditions. This program reviews the basic insights and methods of mindful self-healing and then surveys the four key principles of compassion training — unbiased empathy, self-transcendence, universal compassion, and altruism, along with the four main practices aligned with them: equalizing self and other, self-compassion, giving and taking, and exchanging self-enclosure for altruism.
Come learn with us how to develop more compassion for yourself and others. Here's how the program is structured:
March Retreat: Foundations of Mindfulness-Based Compassion Training
Two Modes of Attention-Training and the Four Steps of Cultivating Compassion
Class 1: Breaking the Stress-Reactive Cycle with Focused Attention Training
Class 2: Freeing the Mind for Present Living with Open Awareness Training
Class 3: Exposing Implicit Bias and Social Stress-Reactivity with Equal Empathy
Class 4: Correcting Social Stress-Reactivity and Negativity Bias with Self-Compassion
Class 5: Healing Traumatic Emotion and Core Shame Identity with Self-Transcendence
April Retreat: Empathy for Ourselves and Others: The Gateway to Wise Compassion Equal Empathy, Self-Compassion, Wise Compassion, and Altruism
Class 6: Cultivating Unbiased Compassion with the Art of Giving and Taking
Class 7: Extending Wise Compassion with Giving and Taking on the Breath
Class 8: Becoming a Heroic Altruist with Gratitude and Mentor-Bonding
Class 9: Creating a Heroic Altruist’s Self and Life with Role-Modeling Imagery
Class 10: Sustaining an Altruist’s Life with Heroic Posture, Breathing and Flow States
June Retreat: Living the Solution / Start Your Own Chain-Reaction of Compassion
Own Your Natural Genius for Altruism by Becoming a Compassion Teacher
Our last class of teachers said the program was:
"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"
If you have already been accepted, please click here to register.
Dr. Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Columbia-trained Buddhist scholar with over forty years’ experience studying the beneficial effects of contemplative practices on healing, learning and development. He is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in Integrative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he researches and teaches contemplative self-healing and optimal health. He has taught the philosophy of science and religion, the scientific study of contemplative states, and the Indo-Tibetan mind and health sciences at Columbia University, where he is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies.
Geri Loizzo is Nalanda Institute’s Director of Programming and Director of the Mindful Families & Schools Program. She is also a meditation faculty member and has served on the Institute’s board of directors since 2007. She’s had a regular practice of Hatha Yoga since 1982 and since 2006 has studied with Nalanda Institute Yoga Faculty, Mary Reilly Nichols. In addition, Loizzo has been studying and practicing Tibetan meditation since 1999, and has been leading weekly morning meditations at the Institute since 2011 and guides meditations regularly at Tibet House. Her mentors include Khyabje Gelek Rimpoche, Venerable Robina Courtin, and Kathleen McDonald.
Megan Mook, MA, is a writer and meditation teacher. She conducts corporate seminars on emotional intelligence, writes about meditation and hosts immersive retreats. 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.