Compassion-Based Resilience Training - Teachers Program


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.


A comprehensive program for those who want to teach the training in clinical, business, educational, or community settings. ANYONE SEEKING TO INTEGRATE contemplative practice more effectively into their work, by developing the science-based language and meditative teaching skills to quickly introduce mainstream groups to the full range of human contemplative insights and arts.

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

Valerie Mason-John

Join us to deepen and broaden your impact by mastering the most complete and cost-effective evidence-based training available to teach people from all walks of life the full spectrum of contemplative insights and skills we need to thrive in our interdependent age.

Course Schedule

The course consists of 19 live, interactive online classes, including lecture classes, group practice-discussion sessions and small-group teach-back sessions.


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.



  • Learn to explain in clear, simple terms how current neuropsychology shows the power of contemplative methods to turn the self-enclosed processing of stress and trauma into the prosocial processing that fuels open engagement and resilience at all levels of mind and brain.
  • Learn to define and explain in clear, simple terms: the nature of stress and the four phase cycle of stress and trauma; mindfulness and its four scopes of practice; compassion and its four practices and levels; resilience along with its four progressive states and traits.
  • Learn to explain and guide eight progressive practices of mindfulness and compassion, along with a series of coordinated breath and posture practices that help the autonomic nervous system support the process of contemplative stress-reduction, self-healing and building resilience.
  • Learn how to transform a contemplative skills learning group into an emotionally open and caring community that can spark and sustain the growth of each participant towards greater well-being, engagement, and purpose.
  • Learn how to integrate contemplative practice into your life and work to deliver Compassion-Based Resilience Training—CBRT—to groups large and small, whether in healthcare, education, business, or community service settings.

Dr. Joe Loizzo MD, PH.D.

Joseph (Joe) Loizzo, MD, PhD, 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 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