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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, The Path, and Pure Yoga. This program is also compliant with Yoga Alliance and will be taught by Megan Mook, Scott Tusa, and Pooja Amy Shah, MD (bios below).


The Schedule (Fall / Winter 2018-19)

Students attend 4 Saturday retreats and 12 Wednesday evening classes.  All classes will be held at Pure Yoga.

SATURDAY RETREATS (1:30pm - 6:30pm)
  • October 13
  • November 17
  • January 5
  • January 26
  • October 17, 24, 31
  • November 7, 14, 28
  • December 5, 12, 19
  • January 9, 16, 23


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 program is compliant with Yoga Alliance .. perfect for yoga instructors completing their 500 hours .. and for meditation teachers who want to expand their knowledge and practice.

Tuition: $2400

January 2018 teacher training graduates with our beloved Nalanda teachers!

January 2018 teacher training graduates with our beloved Nalanda teachers!


Our last class of teachers said the program was:

  • "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"


If you have already been accepted, please click here to register.


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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.



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.


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Pooja Amy Shah, MD is a practicing double Board Certified Integrative and Family Medicine physician, who is also licensed in medical acupuncture. She has a private integrative medicine practice in NYC focused on the holistic healing of chronic illnesses and pain using Eastern mind-body methods, medical acupuncture, and plant (herb/botanical) medicine in conjunction with 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, Director of Musculoskeletal Education, and works as inpatient hospital teaching faculty. Dr. Shah is serving as Education Chair for the national Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health this year. She recently completed the program in Contemplative Psychotherapy at the Nalanda Institute in NYC.