Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science
Vision and Mission
At Nalanda Institute, we see an interdependent world where all people flourish together by learning to tame self-defeating thoughts and emotions and to thrive sustainably with others in mutual happiness, compassion, and altruism.
Our mission is to train people from all walks of life in timeless contemplative skills informed by practical neuropsychology to empower themselves and others to cultivate a wise mind, compassionate heart, and altruistic way of being in our interdependent world.
Certificate Program In Contemplative Psychotherapy
The Nalanda Institute Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy (CPCP) was developed in 2013 by Dr. Loizzo, with the help of Drs. Miles Neale and Emily Wolf. Its mission is to teach psychotherapists and caregivers of all backgrounds the foundations of contemplative science, psychology, and practice, and to support them to integrate those timeless insights and methods with the latest developments in neuroscience and clinical practice. The CPCP is a historic program that begins with a year of training in mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and culminates in a second year training in compassion-based psychotherapy.
Over the last four years, the program has been offered in New York City, Toronto, Barcelona, and San Francisco, and has gathered a growing international community of faculty, students and graduates. Plans are underway to spread the CPCP to Asia and Latin America in the coming years. Drs. Loizzo, Neale and Wolf edited Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy, including contributions from them and pioneering colleagues, to share this rich program—its historic curriculum, interdisciplinary faculty, and global community—with the growing professional and public audience turning to this promising new approach to psychotherapy.
Nalanda Institute History
The Institute was founded by Dr. Joe Loizzo, whose youth at the crossroads of divided worlds—ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, scientific and religious—lead him to dream of a psychology, and a world, in which science, healing, contemplation, and action were all woven together in an integral whole. After developing a range of self-healing programs for the University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell using mindfulness, compassion, imagery, and breath-work, in 2007 he founded an educational non-profit to train professionals and the public in his methods. He named the Institute after the world’s first university at Nalanda in North India, because he sees the Nalanda curriculum—fully preserved in Tibet—as humanity’s prime living example of a complete multidisciplinary science and practice of contemplative healing and transformation.