At a time of unprecedented mental health crisis, there is hope in new approaches that integrate ancient wisdom with modern advances. Join Tricycle and the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science for a virtual event series offering a complete introduction to one of the most promising movements in psychological healing and psychosocial well-being—the growing integration of contemplative wisdom and practices into contemporary psychotherapy. 

Therapies integrating mindfulness have proven effective in treating some of the most challenging forms of psychic suffering, from addiction and depression to suicidality. Now, the whole spectrum of Buddhist psychology and practice beyond mindfulness—including compassion for self and others, and embodied methods like imagery and breathwork—are being integrated into novel contemplative therapies  for healing trauma and treating a wide range of psychological ailments. 

Coming up January 20, 27 and February 3, this three-part event series brings together some of the leading figures in the field in three panel discussions dedicated to mindfulness, compassion, and embodiment-based approaches (see below for a full event lineup). Together, prominent Buddhist teachers, psychotherapists and social change agents will explore how Buddhist wisdom and methods are helping to deepen healing and transformation not just at the personal and interpersonal levels but the collective level of institutions and society as a whole. 

This event is especially geared towards therapists and mental health professionals, but is open to anyone with an interest in the subject. Join us to explore one of the most hopeful and impactful developments in mental healthcare of our time. 

Event replays will be made available to all registrants. 

This is a donation-based event. Make a donation to Tricycle and the Nalanda Institute to support this offering.

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Jan. 20, 2023 — Day One

12-12:30 ET Keynote Dialogue: What is Contemplative Psychotherapy and Why Does is Matter? with Kamilah Majied, MSW, Ph.D. & Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD

12:30-2 ET Panel Discussion: Personal and Social Healing Through Mindfulness and Loving Kindness with Moustafa Abdelrahman, RP, MBA, Lama Rod Owens, Sharon Salzberg & Kamilah Majied, MSW, Ph.D.

Jan 27, 2023 — Day Two

12-12:15 ET Keynote: Compassion Science in Psychotherapy and Global Health with Rick Hanson, PhD & Fiona Brandon, MFT

12:15-1:30 ET Panel Discussion: Interpersonal and Social Healing Through Wise Compassion with Doris Chang, PhD, Rick Hanson, PhD, Sheryl Petty, EdD & Fiona Brandon, MFT

Feb 3, 2023 — Day Three

12-12:15 ET Keynote Dialogue: Embodied Contemplative Practice in Psychotherapy and Mind/Body Health with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD & Sheryl Petty, EdD

12:15-1:30 ET Panel Discussion: Psychosocial Healing and Self-World Transformation Through Embodied Practice with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, Pilar Jennings, PhD, Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD & Sheryl Petty, EdD


Moustafa Abdelrahman

Moustafa Abdelrahman, MBA, RP, is a meditation teacher and Contemplative Therapist. He is certified by the University of Toronto as an Applied Mindfulness Meditation Specialist and holds a Certificate in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Nalanda Institute/Diploma from the Institute of Traditional Medicine. Abdelrahman teaches a variety of mindfulness certificate courses at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto and has facilitated mindfulness workshops for a wide range of corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is a Senior Teacher for the Meditation Teacher Training at X-Hale Meditation & Wellness Centre and leads the Mindfulness Meditation program at the 519, a City of Toronto agency supporting the LGBTQ2S communities.

Fiona Brandon

Fiona Brandon, MA, MFT, is the Director of the Nalanda Institute’s CBRT and San Francisco-based Contemplative Psychotherapy programs. She is a psychotherapist in private practice who draws upon Buddhist psychology, depth psychology, expressive arts therapy, dream imagery, and Sensorimotor psychotherapy in her work with adults and couples. Fiona is a graduate of the Masters program in Counseling Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her research focused on the meditative practice of Authentic Movement, the use of symbols and dream imagery in psychotherapy. She has taught mindfulness practices at the UCSF Chronic Pelvic Pain Center and has been a teaching assistant at both the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Doris Chang

Dr. Doris Chang is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Her research seeks to advance the well-being of BIPOC communities by understanding the multilevel processes that impact psychological health, improving intergroup dynamics, and developing culturally grounded interventions that integrate mindfulness and other contemplative traditions. Her recent work examines Asian Americans’ experiences of discrimination in the COVID-19 pandemic and the role that critical consciousness may play in promoting more resilient coping.

A passionate advocate for racial equity across education, health, and corporate settings, Dr. Chang regularly provides DEI training, workshops, and consultation to schools, social service agencies, hospitals, and law firms. She also maintains a private practice in New York City through Soho CBT + Mindfulness Center.

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang is a Tibetan physician and the founder and medical director of the Sowa Rigpa Institute: School of Traditional Tibetan Medicine. In addition to his work as a physician, he trains students in Sowa Rigpa and the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition in over 40 countries around the world. Dr. Nida has published many articles and books on Sowa Rigpa and the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition in both the Tibetan and English languages. He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan healing methods, and has gained high acclaim in the East and West for his revival of little-known traditional Tibetan external healing therapies. He completed his medical education at Lhasa Tibetan Medical University, with practical training at the Tibetan Medicine hospitals in Lhasa and Lhoka. Alongside his medical education, Dr. Nida trained in many schools of Vajrayana Buddhism and received complete teachings in the Yuthok Nyingthig lineage, the unique spiritual tradition of Tibetan Medicine, from his teachers Khenpo Tsultrim Gyaltsen and Khenchen Troru Tsenam.

Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, teacher, and New York Times best-selling author. Dr. Hanson is a co-founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and is a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, his books include Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom and Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, and Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time.

Pilar Jennings

Pilar Jennings, PhD, is a psychoanalyst focused on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation who has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004. She was awarded her PhD in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary, a Masters in medical anthropology from Columbia University, and a Bachelors in interdisciplinary writing from Barnard College of Columbia University. Dr. Jennings is the author of Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism and To Heal a Wounded Heart: The Transformative Power of Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Action. Currently, she is a researcher at the Columbia University Center for Study of Science and Religion and Co-chair of the Columbia Faculty Seminar on the Memory and Slavery, where she explores the intergenerational
transmission of trauma.

Joe Loizzo

Joseph (Joe) Loizzo, M.D., PhD, is a psychiatrist, clinical researcher and meditation scholar-teacher who integrates neuroscience with contemplative practice to help people cultivate personal well-being, interpersonal compassion, and transformational leadership. Assistant Professor at Weill-Cornell Medical College and founder of the educational nonprofit Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, he has published dozens of chapters and articles on the benefits and mechanisms of meditation in peer-reviewed publications such as The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. His books include Boundless Leadership, Sustainable Happiness and Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy. He offers classes and workshops internationally through his Nalanda Institute and maintains a private practice in Manhattan.

Kamilah Majied

Dr. Kamilah Majied is a contemplative inclusivity and equity consultant, mental health therapist, clinical educator, and researcher. Drawing from her decades of contemplative practice and diversity, equity and inclusion leadership, Dr. Majied engages people in experiencing wonder, humor and insight through transforming oppressive patterns and deepening relationships towards ever-improving individual, organizational and communal wellness. After 15 years of teaching at Howard University, Dr. Majied joined the faculty at California State University, Monterey Bay as a Professor of Social Work. She teaches clinical practice to graduate students employing psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and artistic approaches to well-being. She also teaches research methods, social and organizational policy analysis, and community organizing through a social justice lens.

Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is considered one of the emerging leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. An author, activist, and teacher, he is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice community as well as a visiting teacher with several Buddhist centers including the Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Lama Rod has also been a guest faculty member at the Harvard School of Education’s program Mindfulness for Educators. He has been a regular guest on SiriusXM’s Urban View hosted by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Karen Hunter. He is also the author of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger and a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Lama Rod can be reached at

Sheryl Petty

Sheryl Petty, Ed.D. is an equity & systems change consultant and has worked and taught in the fields of education, organizational development, healing, and systems change for nearly 30 years. She also teaches and is ordained in Yoruba/Lucumi & Tibetan Buddhist (Nyingma) lineages, which she has practiced since 1996. She holds degrees in Mathematics, Systematic & Philosophical Theology, a doctorate in Leadership & Change, is a certified yoga asana instructor, and is authorized to share practices based in Bön Buddhist Dzogchen. Sheryl partners with institutional clients with significant national and global footprints via her consulting firm Movement Tapestries,providing Deep Equity, Organizational Transformation & Systems Change support. She also supports the integration of equity & contemplative practice in institution-wide and field-level change. Her work aids systems to function in more rigorous, courageous, loving and healthy ways for the benefit of all. She also helps build and strengthen the field of equity & organizational transformation practitioners, which contributes to the healing of organizations and systems as far and wide as possible.

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher, author, and a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is one of the most prominent Buddhist meditation teachers in the West and has been teaching and leading meditation retreats around the world for over three decades. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, including Time, Yoga Journal, Tricycle, Buddhadharma, Loin’s Roar, and
numerous anthologies. She is the author of ten books, including Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier (co-authored with Robert Thurman), and Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection.


  • Date: January 20, 2023–February 3, 2023
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  • Format: Zoom webinar
  • Price: By Donation


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