The seeds of this compilation were planted in 2013 when Dr. Loizzo, Dr. Neale and I launched our Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, an opportunity for students to cultivate a personal journey into the deeper Buddhist origins and vast contemplative science that underpins the greater spectrum of meditation. This journey connected students with preeminent Buddhist scholars, first-generation Western meditation masters, pioneering contemplative neuroscientists, and leading experts on the cutting edge clinical practice and application. What unfolded over the next few years has laid the foundation for this book, with all of us contributing to this historic manifesto that will serve as a cornerstone of training for future generations to come.  It has been an honor and privilege to serve as an editor compiling the most profound teachings of our training program and offering them to the greater community. —Emily J. Wolf


Joseph Loizzo, MD, PhD, is a contemplative psychotherapist, Buddhist scholar, and author with over four decades’ experience integrating Indo-Tibetan mind science and healing arts into modern neuropsychology, psychotherapy, and clinical research. He is founder and director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, and a clinician in private practice in Manhattan.

Miles Neale, PsyD, is the assistant director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, co-developer of the Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, and clinical instructor of psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice with twenty years’ experience studying and integrating Buddhist psychology and meditation into psychotherapy.

Emily J. Wolf, PhD, MSEd, is the director of the Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program and a clinical instructor of psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is a clinical psychologist and clinical supervisor in private practice who has conducted groundbreaking research on the integration of contemplative methods of Indian yoga and meditation into Western psychodynamic therapy, recovery, and health education.


Tara Brach, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, influential insight meditation teacher, author, and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC.

Christine Braehler PsyD, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in self-compassion, a mindful self-compassion teacher trainer, and international coordinator of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Mariana Caplan, PhD, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist, author of seven books, and developer of the Yoga and Psyche method integrating Western psychology, ancient yogic practices, and somatic work for trauma recovery.

Diana Fosha, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, author, the developer of AEDP—a healing-based, transformation-oriented model of psychotherapy—and director of the AEDP Institute. She is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology of both NYU and St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Medical Centers in NYC.

Paul Fulton, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, author, meditation consultant, and cofounder of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

Christopher Germer, PhD, is an author and clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in mindfulness-based and compassion-oriented psychotherapy. With Kristin Neff, PhD, he developed the eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion Program.

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and lectures on the subject of death and dying at many of the leading academic institutions and medical centers around the world.

Rick Hanson, PhD, senior fellow at the UC Berkley Greater Good Science Center, is a neuropsychologist and bestselling author who has devoted four decades to integrating meditation, brain research, and clinical psychology.

Pilar Jennings, PhD, is a psychoanalyst, author, and faculty in the psychiatry and religion program at Union Theological Seminary of Columbia University and the Columbia Center for the Study of Science and Religion. She has dedicated thirty years to studying and integrating Tibetan Buddhism with psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Koncha Pinós-Pey, PhD, director of Estudios Contemplativos and senior researcher in compassion, altruism, and multiple intelligence at Barcelona University, is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher who is an international pioneer in the field of compassion research and education.

Jeffrey Rubin, PhD, training and supervising analyst at the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, is a psychoanalyst, Zen teacher, and author of several groundbreaking books integrating psychoanalysis, philosophy, and Buddhism.

Sharon Salzberg is a first-generation American Buddhist teacher and acclaimed author, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, and world-renowned expert on mindfulness with over forty years of teaching experience.

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, professor of psychiatry at UCLA and director of the Mindsight Institute, is a pediatric psychiatrist, education consultant, and world-renowned pioneer in the field of interpersonal neurobiology. He is author of many books and editor of the Norton Series in Interpersonal Neurobiology.

Robert Thurman, PhD, America’s preeminent Buddhist scholar-translator, is president of Tibet House, US, and holds the first endowed chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism in the West, the Je Tsongkapa Chair at Columbia University.