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The Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science Certificates: Contemplative Psychotherapy & Meditation Teacher Training

The Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science (NYC) hosts their unprecedented Contemplative Psychotherapy & Mindfulness Teacher Training Program in Toronto at ITM.

The Nalanda Training Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy is a historic program offering unprecedented cross-training in contemplative theories and practices applied to psychotherapy, direct access to world pioneers in the field, and an ongoing process of mentoring, clinical supervision and community. Students are also thoroughly trained in four discrete meditation techniques and are immersed in the inspiring new field of contemplative neuropsychology. The full two-year Diploma Program offers an intensive, step-by-step learning experience integrating mindfulness and four progressive systems of Buddhist psychology and meditation, with the most promising breakthroughs in contemporary neuroscience, health psychology, and psychotherapy.

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Attending the Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program has been a rich and rewarding experience. Not only did I deepen and concretize my understanding of Buddhist thought as it applies to clinical work, but I also made lasting friendships with other like-minded clinicians. The sense of community they provide feels like a warm embrace.

—Debra Rosenzweig, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

And from one of our distance learning students:

I can’t find words to explain how important this journey has been for me. My spiritual and professional growth has been like a flower growing slowly and steadfastly toward the sun. My experience with the people I work with has completely changed. Now I’m able to receive their struggles like a gift and together we can embark on our specific and enthusiatic path toward the awareness of interdependence.

—Giulia Mellacca


FACULTY: The program faculty is led by world pioneers Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Dan Siegel, Rick Hanson, and Richard Davidson, and includes the most complete and expert team of contemplative researchers and clinicians ever assembled.

Whether you are a health professional, coach, or educator, or trained psychotherapist, the Nalanda Certificate Program will provide you with all the knowledge and skills you’ll need to weave the full spectrum of contemplative insights and skills, together with current neuropsychology and psychotherapy, into the daily fabric of your professional practice and personal life.

Last but not least, the Program will also connect you with a community of congenial mentors and like-minded peers, who can provide a vital network for lifelong inspiration, learning and development.

Graduates of the program are leading the way in developing the most innovative and effective Mindfulness-Based Trainings & Programs, and Clinical Practices across North America.

Deepen your abilities and skills in Mindfulness Studies, Teaching, Clinical Practice and Leadership.

Nalanda offers 2 One Year Certificates – the Wisdom Year and the Compassion Year.



3 weekend intensive trainings facilitated by Dr. Miles Neale of Nalanda, Dr. Joe Loizzo and guest presenters.

5 monthly evening sessions  held online (6-9pm) facilitated by various teachers, for community practice, group check-in process, meditation instruction and practice, didactic experiences and group supervision.

3 convergent learning modes: coursework, group practice and process, daily personal practice of meditation and contemplative psychotherapeutic practices.

Capstone project and presentations.



Participants are expected to attend all retreats and meetings, complete all home-study, and to develop and/or deepen a daily meditation practice throughout each year. Diligent study and daily contemplative practice are both essential to positive personal and professional development, informing how broadly and deeply you can learn, and incorporate what you learn in your life and work.


On completion of the full two-year Program, participants are expected to have:

Familiarity of theory, practice, methodology, and research of contemplative practice as it relates to the professional practice of psychology
Developed and/or deepened a daily practice of two to four meditation techniques
Familiarity and ability to teach meditation techniques in individual and group settings
Comprehensive knowledge of the four systems of Buddhist psychology and meditation
Knowledge of clinical interventions and research with all four contemplative methods
Clear understanding of the psychological mechanisms of healing and change involved with various contemplative interventions
A nuanced sensitivity to the cross-cultural interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy
A detailed, working familiarity with the neuroscience of meditation and psychotherapy
Mastered integrating contemplative insights and methods into their practice and lives
Have a strong foundation in the Fundamentals of Psychotherapeutic theories and systems
Demonstrate an understanding and ability to refer to relevant current Diagnostic and Treatment categories, tool and systems
Have a clear understanding of Human Psychology and Development throughout the Life-span
Demonstrate an awareness and adherence to high Ethical Standards, Ethics, Jurisprudence and laws and policies relating to professional conduct, therapeutic relationships
Demonstrate an ability to offer appropriate Referrals and resources while abiding by current legislation and laws
Demonstrate an ability to create appropriate Therapeutic Relationship Skills and Boundaries
Demonstrate an awareness of Cultural and Spiritual influences, and Anti-oppression theories
Developed a strong awareness of the self, one’s personal values and attributes and the possible effects on the therapeutic relationship
Developed a foundation for integrating the social psychology and meditation and mindfulness practices and theories into contemporary psychotherapy, and related caregiving fields
Demonstrate the ability to build compassion-training practices like self-analysis and giving-and-taking into self-psychology and transpersonal psychology, and to build role-modeling imagery and sublimation practices into guided imagery, narrative therapy, somatic therapy, deep affect therapy, and gestalt therapy
Have a clear understanding of the unique form of psychotherapy they are practicing, and are able to apply fundamental practices and attributes such as kindness and compassion, empathy, respect, and the ability to create a safe, non-judgmental and empowering environment.


For those who live outside of the Toronto metropolitan area and wish to participate in our Program, we offer an online distance learning option. Students who choose the distance learning option are are welcome to attend any of the online meetings and will have complete access to all lectures via online video and downloadable audio recording.