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Learn to effectively cope with stress and meet life's challenges with the time-tested self-care practices of mindfulness, compassion, imagery, and breath work.

Nalanda Institute’s Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) is a complete, evidence-based training in stress-reduction and self-healing developed and tested at the university hospitals of Columbia and Cornell, where it has been offered continuously since 1998.  



This course is for LGBTQ+ identified participants.


The LGBTQ+ community faces unique stresses and traumas due to homophobia, transphobia, heteronormative social structures, and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The practices offered in CBRT can help individuals better cope with the stress associated with discrimination and systemic oppression and can be potent antidotes to self-stigma stressors including shame, emotional dysregulation, and relational difficulties.

CBRT teaches the science and skills people need to reduce stress, build resilience, and cultivate lives of well-being, engagement, and purpose in our ever more interdependent world.

Consisting of eight modules, CBRT empowers people to develop a more resilient mind, heart, and body by combining skills taught separately in other trainings—mindfulness, compassion, imagery, and breath-work. 

Learn more here:

9 Week Training Course Begins September 21
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 8:00pm ET (via Zoom)


Each class will include guided meditation, an explanation of the concepts, and group discussion. 

In addition to the 9 live classes, participants are supported by a training website and study aids, including a student manual and recorded guided meditations as well as other resources. 

Chris Panzica, LCSW is a certified CBRT Teacher and New York City-based psychotherapist in private practice. He is a graduate of Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, a Certified Gestalt Therapist, and he completed the Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy program at the Center for Somatic Studies. He works with adults and couples and is also a clinical supervisor at Identity House. The benefits he experienced from his own meditation practice led to his interest in studying Buddhist Psychology and learning to teach others contemplative practices.

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