Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

'Contemplative Psychotherapy

Year Founded: 2005

Model of Therapy: Contemplative Psychotherapy

Available training types: Local Training (New York), Distance Training, Satellite Training (Toronto, Barcelona)

The Nalanda Institute’s Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy combines mindfulness and compassion-based Buddhist psychology and meditation with the contemporary fields of neuroscience, psychotherapy, and health psychology. This intensive two-year program trains educators, caregivers, coaches, therapists, and other health care professionals. Year One of the program consists of training in mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and Year Two focuses on compassion-based psychotherapy. The Nalanda teaching tradition allows participants to choose to enter either year.

About the Nalanda Institute:

A non-profit community founded by Dr. Joseph Loizzo, the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science infuses early traditions of contemplative science into more contemporary cultural traditions and ways of life, working toward the goal of a sustainable future. Nalanda’s system of contemplative and active insights and methods, called the gradual path, has been tailored from methods developed and evolved at Nalanda University in ancient India and preserved in Tibet to better fit life in the modern world.

About the Founder(s)

  • 'Joseph Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

    Joseph Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

    Dr. Loizzo, the founder, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and a Columbia-trained Buddhist scholar. He has more than thirty years of experience studying meditation’s benefits in the realms of healing and learning and currently teaches as adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion at the Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies and researches and teaches at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Loizzo opened, in 1998, the first United States mind/body center that offered programs based on Tibetan health and mind sciences. This center eventually joined Weill Cornell College of Medicine's Center for Integrative Medicine, which led to the opening of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science in 2005.

    Dr. Emily Wolf, who directs the Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy, is a psychologist who combines the disciplines of psychodynamic therapy, recovery, and health education with Indian yoga and meditation for an integrated contemplative approach.

  • Founder / Lead Developer: Joseph Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Executive Director: Joseph Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Address: Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science 300 Central Park West, 1D New York, NY 10024
  • Phone: 212-362-3895
  • Website:

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