Deepen your practice.
and Share it with others.
This 100-hour teacher training is for people who want to master mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation. This is for you if you want to become a meditation teacher or 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 Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation from the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science and The Path. The program will be taught by Megan Mook, Scott Tusa, and Pooja Amy Shah, MD (bios below).
Training takes place over a 3-month period.
Students attend 12 Wednesday evening classes and 4 Saturday afternoon “retreats.”
The next training will take place in Fall, 2019.
If you meditate now and want to go deeper on your practice..
If you want to learn more about the wisdom behind meditation and to understand how and why it affects the brain and body so profoundly. Or 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 the latest knowledge on neuroscience, Buddhism and the art of teaching. 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 lovingkindness 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 lovingkindness meditations and build their own meditation practice
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.