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Compassion-Based Resilience Training - Teachers Program

8 Month - One weekend in class plus online


CBRT is a complete, evidence-based training method of building resilience and well-being of mind, heart, and body using mindfulness and compassion practice as well as healing imagery and breath-work.The curriculum integrates timeless contemplative skills from India and Tibet with contemporary breakthroughs in neuroscience, positive psychology, and integrative medicine.


An 8 month program for those who want to teach the training in clinical, business, educational, or community settings. The program includes an initial retreat, along with monthly interactive zoom supervisions with Dr. Joe Loizzo. Participants are encouraged to practice teaching peers as well as others in their community and/or professional life or community. Graduates earn a certificate of completion from Nalanda Institute.

What was it that changed my life? The Miracle of Mindfulness, the Miracle of Kindfulness

Valerie Mason-John

Becoming a CBRT Trainer/Teacher


Insights and Skills Module I: Embracing Suffering with Body Mindfulness

Bringing mindful awareness to our breathing body enables us to reconnect with our inner lives, to embrace the experience of being in a sensitive body, vulnerable to illness, aging, and death, and to begin releasing the survival habits of stress, trauma, and reactivity.

Module II: Stopping Reactive Habits with Mindful Sensitivity

Tasting the raw feel of our inner lives with mindful sensitivity helps us maintain balanced awareness through the ups, downs, and plateaus of pleasant, painful, and neutral experience, to anticipate mindless reactivity, and to replace the urge to crave and grasp with the ease of acceptance and care.

Module III: Breaking Free of Confusion with Open Awareness

Deep mindfulness of mind trains us to cut through the mesh of reactive habits and stress instincts that normally block the blissful brilliance of our primal mind. It empowers us to own and awaken the boundless potential for freedom, learning, and creativity that lies dormant in all our hearts.

Module IV: Mindful Insight: The Lifelong Path of Self-Healing

In all-inclusive mindfulness we shine the light of our awakened mind to expose the mindless habits of thinking, feeling, and acting that have shaped our unconscious mentality, empowering our inner therapist to cut the roots of suffering and grow proactive new ways of being in the world.

Module V: Reparenting the Childhood Self with Self-Compassion

As we learn to view our confused childhood selves with a wise, caring mind, we begin to see through our myopic cocoon and traumatic life- story, and to reparent ourselves a breath at a time by replacing childish self-pity and self-attack with the mature insight, guidance, and love our hearts need to heal, grow, and change.

Module VI: Cultivating Love and Care: Reaping the Harvest of Well-Being

Once we learn to take care and give love to ourselves, we experience our stressed interactions with others—near, neutral, and far—as the interplay of our own confused inner child with theirs. We then naturally widen our circle of mature care and love, empowering ourselves to engage others and our larger world in a prosocial and truly effective way.

Module VII: Heroic Imagery and Expression: Modeling a New Self and Life

Given the complex challenges of life in our digital age, now more than ever we need to harness the god- like creative power of imagination to a proactive vision of better living in a better world. Re-envisioning our lives through the eyes of visionary mentors can awaken the heroic genius we need to reshape our self and world for the best.

Module VIII: Breath-Body Flow: Inspiring a More Positive Life

Even when we have the blessing of mentors and the daring to revise our selves and lives, in order to realize our dream, we need to sense, tap, and channel the pure bliss energy and chemistry that rewires our neural networks and bodies to live naturally at one with humanity and all life on earth.

Research and Application

The ef cacy and feasibility of CBRT has been validated by three pilot studies funded by the Avon Foundation, NY Community Trust, and the D’Allesandro Foundation. Studies with women recovering from breast cancer treatment found the program improves quality of life, reduces biomarkers of stress, lowers social emotional and cultural role stress, enhances overall functioning, and markedly decreases post-traumatic symptoms including traumatic avoidance. Further studies the training are underway. Nalanda Institute offers a year-long certi cation program that prepares lay and professional participants to teach CBRT.

Dr. Joe Loizzo MD, PH.D.

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.

In 1998, Dr. Loizzo opened the Center for Meditation and Healing at Columbia University's Presbyterian Hospital, the first mind/body medical center in a major academic department of psychiatry, and the first in the West to offer programs in stress-reduction, self-healing, and lifestyle change integrating compassion practice, role-modeling imagery, and advanced breath-control skills with basic mindfulness and yoga.

The Center for Meditation and Healing joined the Center for Integrative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in 2003, to better test and refine the effectiveness of programs. Dr. Loizzo founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science two years later, to make these programs more available to professionals and the public at large. In 2007, the Institute was incorporated in New York State as a not-for-profit educational foundation. Since then, its programs and community have been steadily evolving to meet the exponentially growing demand for neuroscientifically informed training in contemplative practices and their integration into contemporary healthcare, business, education, and daily life. Beyond the Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) and Contemplative Self-Healing Program (CSHP) offered since 1998 at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Institute’s main programs include its comprehensive Four-Year Sustainable Happiness Program, its historic international Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, its cutting-edge Mindful Business & Leadership Program, and its popular Mindful Families & Schools Program. The Institute’s contemplative teacher training programs include Meditation Teacher Training in Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness, and Yoga, Mind, & Spirit Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.

Dr. Loizzo completed his medical studies at New York University and his post-graduate training in psychiatry at Harvard’s Cambridge Hospital. His Columbia Ph.D. is in Indo-Tibetan Studies. He also holds an M.F.A. from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.

Beyond his teaching at Harvard, UC Davis, Columbia, and Cornell, Dr. Loizzo has lectured internationally on the health benefits of contemplative practices to a wide range of professional and public audiences. He gives frequent talks at Tibet House US on his work weaving humanity’s timeless contemplative sciences and healing arts into modern medicine, psychotherapy, leadership, and education.

Dr. Loizzo’s research has taken him from Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute and Cambridge Hospital westward to the Psychiatry Training Program at UC Davis, and eastward to Drepung Monastic University in India. Now at the Weill Cornell Center for Integrative Medicine, he has completed four studies on the impact of mindfulness, compassion, imagery, and breath-control skills on the lives of women recovering from breast cancer. The positive findings of these studies–marked reductions in stress, traumatic avoidance, and intrusive thinking combined with clear gains in social-emotional functioning and quality of life—have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, and Biomed Central.

Beyond his clinical research, Dr. Loizzo has published numerous scientific articles and scholarly chapters on contemplative approaches to psychotherapy, leadership, and education, the role of contemplative self-healing in healthcare, and the Nalanda tradition of mind and health science. This includes seven review articles on contemplative neuropsychiatry and psychotherapy published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Psychiatric Association Press, and Oxford University Press. His translation study, Nagarjuna’s Reason Sixty with Candrakirti’s Commentary, was one of the inaugural volumes in the American Institute of Buddhist Studies Translation Series distributed by the Columbia University Press.

Dr. Loizzo’s comprehensive textbook, Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science Of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration was published by Routledge in 2012. He is executive editor of Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy: Accelerating Healing and Transformation, a groundbreaking collection of essays by pioneers of a fast-emerging and highly promising new field (Routledge, 2017). The meditation manuals and CD’s used in his programs on stress, healing and life-change are available through the Nalanda Institute.

Dr. Loizzo lives in Manhattan with his wife Gerardine and sons, Maitreya Dante and Ananda Rowan, where he maintains a private practice of contemplative psychotherapy.

“In combination with learning about the science of meditation, I learned to meditate in a way that alleviates anxiety…The benefits are great—beyond estimation.”

"In a unique voice that is at once scholarly and eloquent, Joe Loizzo offers the reader a vast, integrated vision of wellbeing for the individual and society. Sustainable Happiness lifts our understanding of mindfulness in health care to a new level, describing in exquisite detail the innate brilliance and potential of the human mind. For those who have been wondering what Tibetan contemplative science and mind training is all about, this is the roadmap you’ve been waiting for."

— Christopher K. Germer PhD
Coeditor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy

If we want real happiness in our stressful lives, we need the mindfulness to cultivate it and the loving-kindness to share it with everyone. Tibetan Buddhism is devoted to making everyday life a way to combine personal happiness with compassion and altruism. Joe Loizzo's Sustainable Happiness guides us through the rich Buddhism of Tibet, clarifying its many arts of compassion in light of both current science and living tradition."

— Sharon Salzberg
Author, Meditation Teacher