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.
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).
Schedule* (Spring 2019)
Students attend 4 Saturday afternoon “retreats” and 12 Wednesday evening classes.
Retreats and Wednesday evening classes will be held at a location in Manhattan TBD.
*schedule hours are subject to change
- March 9
- April 6
- May 11
- June 8
- March 13, 20, 27
- April 3, 10, 17
- May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- June 5
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.
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.
Pooja Amy Shah, MD is a practicing dual Board Certified Integrative and Family Medicine physician, who is also licensed in medical acupuncture. She has trained at Harvard University’s Benson Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine and recently completed the two year program in Contemplative Psychotherapy at the Nalanda Institute. Pooja has studied yoga since medical school and has practiced more than 600 hours of vinyasa yoga at Kula Yoga Project over the last four years. She has a private integrative medicine practice in lower Manhattan focused on the holistic healing of chronic illnesses and pain using a discerning blend of Eastern medical traditions and 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, teaches residents and medical students, and works as inpatient hospital faculty.
About Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science
Nalanda Institute was inspired by the world's first university, Nalanda University, founded in India in the 5th century to advance the Buddha's mission to end suffering by offering public education in the health & mind sciences. Today Nalanda Institute teaches a rigorous, scientific approach to self knowledge modernized for the western world through neuropsychology. Nalanda aims to cultivate a wise mind, compassionate heart and altruistic way of living in today's world through programs on Sustainable Happiness, Contemplative Psychotherapy, Business & Leadership and more.
About The Path
The Path is meditation for the modern mind. Through retreats, weekly meditations, events with top teachers from around the world and certificate teacher training programs in Mindfulness, Compassion and Mindful Leadership, since 2014 we have taught thousands of people to meditate around the world. We also host Mela, a curated retreat for global leaders. We believe meditation can be accessible and taught in beautiful, fun environments.
We offer full refunds, minus a $200 administrative fee, before July 31. 50% refunds if request is made before August 15th. No refunds after August 15th.
Missed Class Policy
Students may miss up to 2 weeknight classes and 1 weekend retreat and still earn their 100-hour teaching certification. Beyond that number, students are welcome to participate in the class but will not earn a certificate. Classes are not taped. Missed material may be made up by scheduling a 1:1 session with the teacher (at the teachers' hourly rate).