Deepen your practice. EXPAND YOUR COMPASSION.
and Share it with others.
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, teachers, therapists and other professionals who want to skillfully and knowledgeably integrate compassion teaching, or simply the practice of compassion, into their work.
This course can be taken after Meditation Teacher Training in Mindfulness and Lovingkindness, or on its own.
All students who pass this training will receive a certificate for Meditation Teacher Training in Compassion from the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science and The Path. The program will be taught by Nalanda Institute teachers Megan Mook, Scott Tusa, and Pooja Amy Shah, MD (bios below).
Schedule (Spring 2019)
Students attend 12 Wednesday evening classes and 4 Saturday afternoon “retreats.”
(all classes/retreats held at the Balance Arts Center, 151 West 30th Street, NYC)
- March 2
- March 30
- May 4
- June 1
- March 6, 13, 20, 27
- April 3, 10, 17
- May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Now that mindfulness has become a household word, and is already transforming how we live and work, the next wave in the intersection of science and contemplation is to train people, using new research and clinical application, in compassion.
It’s easy to think love and compassion are luxuries that make us vulnerable or weak, or that emotions can’t be trained. But decades of research have turned these myths on their head. Recent science has taught us that positive social emotions — including love, compassion, joy and equanimity — are like medicine to help us heal, grow, and change.
Compassion in particular is trainable and quickly alters how the brain responds to emotional stress. Because 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 how to turn stressful interactions into meaningful social engagement and fundamental well-being.
Compassion is the new mindfulness.
This pioneering, unprecedented program is based on the same timeless methods that researchers have found effective in the neuroscience lab and psychiatry clinic. In this course you will learn the very latest findings from neuroscience and psychotherapy — and time-tested theories and practices from classic Buddhist and Hindu traditions. In this program we will first review the basic insights and methods of mindful self-healing. We’ll then survey the four key principles of compassion training: unbiased empathy, self-transcendence, universal compassion, and altruism. We will then learn 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.
Comments from our last class of compassion meditation teachers:
“My meditation practice has been transformed, I feel both more empowered and more at peace. I am more calm and I look forward to my daily practice in a way I didn't before.”
“This course has enhanced my ability to recognize and improve my own attitude in an attempt to reduce stress and suffering for myself and for those around me. I aim to embody the concepts learned in this compassion training in every realm of my life.”
I didn't realize the personal journey I was going to go on in this class and I'm inspired to keep learning and investigating!”
“I find that I am drawing from the material a lot in my daily life and interactions with family and friends.”
“I loved being a part of this training. Getting to know the teachers and fellow students has enriched my life. I definitely felt part of a community and hope to continue connecting with everyone.”
“It has been a very liberating and opening process for me to bring more joy, love, happiness and compassion in my life and others around me.”
“I am so grateful for the teachings, and this community!”
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. In addition, Megan is a Nalanda Institute faculty member.
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. In addition, Scott is a Nalanda Institute faculty member.
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, and is now a faculty member there. 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 January 15. No refunds after January 15.
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).