• Meditation Instructor Training

    180 Hour Certification – with Pema Khandro

    January 21 – July 16, 2023

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For Teachers Facing a Diverse Tumultuous World

9 Modules of Study & Practice

  • Jan 21-Mar 24

    Learning to Teach

  • Jan 25-Feb 27

    Buddhist Ethics

    Jan 25-Feb 27

  • Mar 6-22

    Teaching Trauma Informed Meditation

  • Mar 25-Jul 16

    Teaching Practicums

    Mar 25-Jul 16

  • Mar 25-Apr 24

    Healthy Boundaries for Teachers

  • May 1-22

    Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

    May 1-22

  • May 24 -Jun 26

    Teaching in a Multicultural World

  • Jun 21-Jul 10

    Teachings on Karma

    Jun 21-Jul 10

  • 100 Days of Meditation Practice


What our Graduates are Saying

Letter from Pema Khandro

Alot Has Changed Since the Beginning of Mindfulness

It has been a long time since the beginning of the mindfulness movement began. It was catalyzed by groundbreaking early pioneers, for example, John Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs in the 70’s and his inspiring book, Full Catastrophe Living, which was published in 1990. So much has changed since then. This was before the internet. It was before the internet became integrated with the fabric of our lives. This was before we were talking about the impacts of orientalism and colonialism in the appropriation of Buddhist traditions. This was before we were collectively thinking through the lens of trauma and addressing the question of why it is that we don’t always feel better when we meditate. This was before we were talking about power structures in teacher-student ethics. This was before the #metoo movement in Buddhism and before the collective awakening to racial trauma. This was before we had collectively woken up to the need for racial healing and diversity skills in the meditation class. These are defining concerns that change what the meditation teacher of the future is. It is why I developed the Meditation Instructor Training, with a deep wish to empower meditation teachers to meet the urgent and pressing contexts of our time. 

Meditation for Troubled Times

Some things do remain the same since the beginning of the mindfulness movement. The persistent suffering, the emotional dysregulation that dominates a life, and the sense of disembodiment and alienation that can overshadow a life. The power of meditation to stabilize and heal the body and mind is only more and more evident due to so much research. It is clear to me that, perhaps more than ever, there is a great need for meditation instructors who can serve as a soothing balm in these troubled times. But there are all these new questions that must be cared for in the training of new meditation instructors, or they will be ill equipped and underprepared for the great challenges that await. 

Meditation with Philosophy & Ethics Intact

I originally initiated the Meditation Instructor Training with the intention in mind that Buddhist philosophy and ethics should be kept intact with meditation. As a scholar of Buddhist philosophy, I have long been impressed at how often people who were exposed to mindfulness training also longed to experience the fuller context of Buddhist philosophy and ethics. The curiosity and appetite for that knowledge is unending and I reimagined the training of the meditation instructor to return to that source material. Going beyond the artificial and ethnocentric construct of a secular/religious binary, imperative questions about the context of meditation loom large for meditators. What is meditation for? What is mind? How do we work with emotions? How is our consciousness conditioned by our values and actions? What is the point of meditation? How do the obstacles to meditation relate to our identity, to our body and to our society?  These are just a few of the issues that Buddhist philosophy and ethics weigh in on and why I felt that they must be taught in tact with the meditation methods that were shaped by these very concerns. 

Our Faculty

When Satya and Aruna joined me as co-teachers of the MIT, we developed the teaching into an online format to make it more accessible to people with full and demanding lives. I felt like we were standing together to face the challenge of nurturing and supporting the meditation instructors of the future. And that commitment has been expressed thoroughly in our new expanded training format.

Meditation Teachers of the Future

Now as we are poised to begin our next cohort of training, I am also proud to celebrate that our training addresses those invisible yet overwhelming factors that sit alongside us on the meditation cushion. We are always doing meditation practice in the context of power, sexuality, race, trauma and technology. This is not just a training in techniques, but instead in the robust array of traditional Buddhist meditation practices in tact with philosophy and ethics along with a deep care for how meditation teaching and practice intersects with issues of power, sexuality, race, trauma and technology. We are training the meditation teachers of the future.

New Beginnings

The new beginning of this program is good news in a time when it is so easy to be overwhelmed by all the stories of suffering and sorrow that appear in our news feeds everyday. I draw encouragement and relief from this beautiful project of creating empowered meditation instructors. It gives me great relief to know that they will be leaders that bring compassion, care and wisdom to a world that so sorely needs it and to know that they will be prepared and ready to meet the turbulent times ahead.

With joy, 

About Meditation Instructor Training

  • Updated & Robust, 180 hours of In-Depth Training
  • Self-Paced Curriculum & Live Classes
  • Specialized Focus Training for Teachers
  • Weekly Mentoring & Teaching Practicum
  • Traditional Meditation + Buddhist Philosophy + Buddhist Ethics
  • Completely Traditional + Completely Current
  • For Teachers Facing A Diverse Tumultuous World

The Meditation Instructor Training supplies the fundamental knowledge and experience necessary to lead meditation classes and one-day meditation intensives.

People all over the world have turned to Buddhist meditation as a source of wisdom. Meditation offers a powerful method to access a sense of spaciousness, peace and authentic presence.

The practical benefits of meditation are well documented. Research shows it improves mood, reduces stress (Brown & Warren 2003), it improves memory, visuospatial reasoning, sustained attention and executive brain function (Zeidan et al. 2010). It reduces sub-clinical depression and anxiety (Schreiner and Malcolm 2012). 

From a Buddhist point of view, when we know how to meditate, we learn how to work with mind and emotions. We have a practice for unraveling conditioned scripts and unconscious habits. Meditation is a pathway to discovering human goodness by making peace with our mind. Ultimately it is a method for getting free from dissatisfaction, resolving confusion and waking up to see reality more clearly.

Meditation Teachers Needed

Equanimity, calm, peace, inner strength, resilience, centeredness… there are so many reasons the world needs meditation teachers.

Meditation Teachers can offer important tools for relating to these tumultuous times.

Meditation promotes mindfulness and equanimity – the ability to let emotional states arise and pass without becoming overwhelming. With mindfulness, we are able to become aware of our mind-states, rather than carried away by them. It promotes the state of equanimity, the ability to respond skillfully to situations. Instead of responding with knee-jerk reactions, blame, resentment and anger we can choose healthier responses, such as loving-kindness and compassion.

There are so many places where meditation can be taught. It can add a profound benefit to temples, yoga centers, health centers, schools, corporations, communities and healthcare settings. This training offers meditation instructors copious knowledge, both practical and experiential – so that you can offer high-quality classes in any setting.

About the Teachers

Pema Khandro
The course curriculum is designed and led by Lama Pema Khandro Rinpoche, internationally renowned teacher and scholar of Buddhist philosophy. Pema Khandro has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a Master’s degree specializing in Tibetan buddhism, she is currently completing her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies. Her scholarly research focuses on the intellectual history of Buddhist meditation in Tibet, the history of Dzogchen and on gender studies. She is the founder of Ngakpa International and its three projects, The Buddhist Studies Institute, Dakini Mountain and the Yogic Medicine Institute. In her work as a Buddhist teacher she is an authorized Lama and lineage holder of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions and was enthroned to carry on the lineage of her predecessor, the first Pema Khandro, a twentieth century yogini in Eastern Tibet. She is certified in two systems of natural medicine, Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine as well as three times certified as an Advanced Yoga teacher, and she has led dozens of courses in nutrition, meditation teacher trainings, yoga teacher trainings and natural medicine courses for health workers from every field. In her humanitarian work she has supported children, orphans and elders in the Himalayas.  She has led a vibrant world-wide community since 1999. Through the Buddhist Studies Institute, she also offers a complete curriculum of training in Tibetan meditation and Buddhist Philosophy.

Aruna Rig’dzin was ordained in Nyingma Lineage by Pema Khandro Rinpoche in 2007.  She is one of the Directors of Ngakpa International and the Community of Buddhist Yogis, as well as Director of the Yogic Medicine Institute. She is a NAMA certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and has over 19 years’ experience as an Advanced Yoga and Meditation Instructor.  Aruna is passionate about healing, sustainable living and giving people the tools to live a vibrant, healthy and joyous life.
Dr. Satya has been studying with Pema Khandro since 2001. She is the Director of Operations for Ngakpa International and the Buddhist Studies Institute since 2010, and is a board member. Satya is the Clinic Director of the Yogic Medicine Institute since 2004, a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, as well as a NAMA certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Panchakarma Specialist. She is the Retreats and Wellness Director at Dakini Mountain Retreat Center in the Tahoe National Forest.

Course Details

The training includes a study of the postures for meditation, breathing techniques, the five key meditation techniques from Zhine, (also known “Calm Abiding), common obstacles to meditation, remedies for obstacles of meditation and more. We will also review the most important Buddhist teachings to support meditation practice – looking to the wealth of Buddhist philosophy for new perspectives on what is mind, how to work with thoughts and emotions, what is the body-mind connection and how body and mind can be harnessed for awakening.


Orientation & Introduction – Live Online

  • Welcome
  • How the Course works, Practical Overview and Questions
  • Meeting with each of the participants
  • Why Meditation Training? Why Online?
  • What is Mind? A Buddhist Point of View
  • Expectations
  • Q&A

Lessons & Practice Videos

  • Study the crucial points of meditation practice from home, at your own pace.
  • You will receive new video lessons each week covering the essential points of Meditation practice and Meditation Instruction.


  • Students will complete online quizzes reviewing the major principles of the video lessons they have received.
  • During the course there will be three exams online, and students will complete a final cumulative exam online in order to progress to the teaching practicum.

Daily Journal Students will be required to submit journal entries documenting practice sessions. Students are expected to maintain a daily meditation practice of at least 24 minutes per day throughout the entirety of the course. Journal questions include:

  • What time you started practicing, what time you finished practicing
  • What were the positive things about your practice today?
  • Name one challenge about your practice today?
  • Where did you practice?
  • Which practice did you complete today?

Workshops – Live Online Focus Groups

  • Students will meet with the instructors for online workshops, discussion, and evaluation. During the workshops, students will have opportunities to lead meditation and receive feedback from the instructors.
  • Students will also meet with a study-buddy once a week for 30 minutes to practice leading meditation.

Teaching Practicum 

  • Each student will lead 6 hours of meditation classes to friends and family, and submit review forms.
  • Once confirmed by instructors, each student will lead 6 hours of meditation classes in a local community setting. It is the student’s responsibility to organize and arrange these classes within their local community. Due to COVID and public class restrictions, Buddhist Studies Institute will also offer alternative options for completing the practicum online in the Daily Meditation Program.
  • Students must also lead 6 classes in the Daily Meditation Online format, and submit review forms.
  • Students will be given instructions for which practices to lead and will discuss these experiences in Saturday workshops.

Final Transmission & Graduation – Live Online

  • Students who complete all aspects of the training will be invited to the final transmission class and graduation.

Supports for your Practice

  • Introduction to Tantric Buddhism – AUDIO (1 hour)
  • Non-duality
  • in Tantric Buddhism – AUDIO (1 hour)
  • Cultivating Lasting Change – AUDIO (30 min)
  • Peace, Power & Meditation – VIDEO (1 hour)
  • Bliss Yoga videos to support your body for meditation (2 hrs)
  • Articles by Pema Khandro (2 hours)


  • Self-Paced: Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (4 hours)
  • All requirements set forth in the Application, including consistency of conduct

Live Online – 2 Hours

  • Saturday, Jan 21, 10am-12pm Pacific Time (UTC-7)
  • Introduction to Module 1 – Learning to Teach

Learning to Teach – Module 1
Jan 21 – March 24, 2023

  •  Learning to Teach: 22 Videos & Quizzes (12 hours)
  • Focus Groups – Weekly Meetings with Instructors Mondays at 1:30-2pm (30 min)
    • Jan 23: Introduction Buddhist Meditation + Course Curriculum
    • Jan 30: Lessons 1-3
    • Feb 6: Lessons 4-6
      •  MIT Exam 1 on lessons 1 – 7 released
    • Feb 13: Lessons 7-9
    • Feb 20: Lessons 10-12
    • Feb 27: Lessons 13-15
      • MIT Exam 2 on lessons 8-15 released
    • Mar 6: Lessons 16-18
    • Mar 13: Lessons 19-21
    • Mar 20: Bonus Lesson
      • MIT Exam 3 on lessons 15 – 21 and the bonus lesson released
    • Mar 27: Preparing for Practicum
      • Includes Study with Meditation Instructor Manual, 47-page digital download
  • Daily Meditation & Self-reflection Journals – 30 min/day
  • Study-Buddy Call + Journal 1x/week  (30 min/week)

Buddhist Ethics – Module 2
Jan 25 – Feb 27, 2023

  • Buddhist Ethics Self-paced Videos (6 hours)
  • Focus Groups – Mondays 1-1:30pt  (MIT review with instructors 1:30-2)
    • Jan 30: Precept 1
    • Feb 6: Precept 2
    • Feb 13: Precept 3
    • Feb 20: Precept 4
    • Feb 27: Precept 5
  • Daily Meditation & Self-reflection Journals – 30 min/day
  • Study-Buddy Call + Journal 1x/week  (30 min/week)

Teaching Trauma Informed Meditation – Module 3
Mar 6 – Mar 27, 2023

  • Trauma-Informed Meditation Instruction Videos (3 hours)
  • Book Reading(8 hours)
    • Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing  by David A. Treleaven
  • Live with Pema Khandro Rinpoche
    • Monday, March 13 at 1-2pm PT
  • Focus Groups – Mondays 1-1:30 pm (MIT review with instructors 1:30-2)
    • Mar 6
    • Mar 20
    • Mar 27
  • Daily Meditation & Self-reflection Journals – 30 min/day
  • Study-Buddy Call + Journal 1x/week  (30 min/week)

Healthy Boundaries for Teachers- Module 4
Mar 25 – Apr 24, 2023

  • Self-paced Videos (3 hours)
  • Book reading (8 hours)
    • The Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics – A Guide and Resource for Professional Relationships by Dr. Cedar Barstow
  • Live with Pema Khandro Rinpoche
    • Sat Mar 25th, 11am-12pm
  • Focus Groups – Mondays 1-1:30 (MIT review with instructors 1:30-2)
    • Apr 3
    • Apr 10
    • Apr 17
    • Apr 24
  • Daily Meditation & Self-reflection Journals – 30 min/day
  • Study-Buddy Call + Journal 1x/week  (30 min/week)

Excellent Path: Bodhisattva’s Way – Module 5
May 1 – 22, 2023

  • Self-paced Videos Excellent Path to Enlightenment Self-paced Videos (8 hours)
  • Book reading (3 hours)-
    • Excellent Path to Enlightenment by Longchen Rabjam Drime Oser
  • Live with Pema Khandro 1-1:30pm PT on Mondays (MIT review with instructors 1:30-2)
    • May 1
    • May 8
    • May 15
    • May 22
    • May 29 – (no class –  holiday)
  • Daily Meditation & Self-reflection Journals – 30 min/day
  • Study-Buddy Call + Journal 1x/week  (30 min/week)

Teaching Meditation in a Multicultural World – Module 6
May 24 – June 26, 2023

  • Book reading (5.5 hours)
    • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by by Layla F. Saad
  • Live with Pema Khandro Rinpoche
    • Wed May 24, 5pm pt
  • Focus Groups – Mondays 1-1:30 (MIT review with instructors 1:30-2)
    • Jun 5
    • Jun 12
    • Jun 19
  • Daily Meditation & Self-reflection Journals – 30 min/day
  • Study-Buddy Call + Journal 1x/week  (30 min/week)

Teachings on Karma- Module 7
Jun 21- Jul 10, 2023

  • Self-paced Videos (3 hours) and Challenges
  • Live with Pema Khandro Rinpoche
    • Wed, Jun 21st, 5pm pt
  • Focus Groups – Mondays 1-1:30 (MIT review with instructors 1:30-2)
    • Jun 26
    • Jul 3 – (no class –  holiday)
    • Jul 10
  • Daily Meditation & Self-reflection Journals – 30 min/day
  • Study-Buddy Call + Journal 1x/week  (30 min/week)

Teaching Practicums – Module 8
Mar 25 – Jul 16, 2023

  • Weekly Meetings with Instructors (1 hour/week)
  • Includes Study with Meditation Instructor Manual, 47-page digital download
  • Daily Meditation & Self-reflection Journals (30 min/day)
  • Study-Buddy Call + Journal 1x/week (30 min/week)

100 Days of Practice  – Module 9

  • Concurrent Daily meditation practice via Daily Meditation Online 12-12:30pm / or MIT guided meditation recordings
  • 100 Daily Meditation & Self-reflection Journals
  • Daily Journal Students will be required to submit journal entries documenting practice sessions. Students are expected to maintain a daily meditation practice of at least 24 minutes per day throughout the entirety of the course. Journal questions include:
    • What time you started practicing, what time you finished practicing
    • What were the positive things about your practice today?
    • Name one challenge about your practice today?
    • Where did you practice?
    • Which practice did you complete today?
  • Community Connections – Accountability Partners – Weekly Journal

    • Concurrent Journal and Accountability Partner Call 1x/week (30 min/week)

Teaching Practicum
Mar 25 – July 16

  • Webinar with Pema Khandro – March 25th, 10am-12pm PST
  • Student-Teaching to Family & Friends (6 hours)
  • Student-Teaching in Your Community (6 hours)
  • Teaching Assistant Evaluation (before teaching live online)
  • Student-Teaching Daily Meditation Online with the Buddhist Studies Institute (12pm PST) (6 hours)
  • Daily Meditation & Self-reflection Journals – 30 min/day
  • Study-Buddy Call + Journal 1x/week  (30 min/week)

FINAL PRACTICUM – Meditation Retreat
July 15-16, 2023

  • Live Online and/or *In-Person
  • Students Teach Meditation Classes to Faculty of BSI and other students

July 16, 2023

  • Live Online and/or *In-Person
  • Students receive the final transmission from Pema Khandro, take teaching vows, graduate and receive certification.

Weekly meetings with instructors and longer group workshops are required for certification. If you must miss one or more meetings due to schedule conflicts, timezone, professional or family life, you may watch the recording of the meeting and complete homework to make up for the missed meeting. Up to 50% of the meetings may be made up in this way. If more than 50% must be missed, you may elect to receive private coaching. For every 2 hours missed, you may schedule 1 hour of private coaching from MIT faculty at the rate of $100 per session to make it up. Scheduling is based on the availability of the training instructors.


Introduction Lesson Zero: What is Mind?

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
    • What is Mind According to Buddhist Thought
    • Understanding the factors of perception, experience, unconscious and identity
    • How the ten factors of mind take place
    • How does meditation work with the factors of mind?
    • Tibetan Yoga – Naljorpas – Remaining in the Real
  • Technical Overview Taught by Satya Shiva
    • Meeting the participants and expressing the purpose of the training
    • Overview of the Practicalities of the Course
    • Answers to Technical Questions

Lesson 1: How to Sit – The Seven Point Posture of Vairocana

  • Taught by Satya Shiva
  • Detailed introduction to the 7 Point Body Posture and Bodhisattva posture
  • A good seat – a good mind
  • Daily Practice
    • Guided Calm Abiding – 21 Breaths Meditation

Lesson 2: What is Meditation – Why Meditate? 

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • Popular Goals for Meditation
    • Meditation for relieving stress
    • Health benefits for meditation
    • Meditation as a spiritual practice
    • Meditation as withdrawing the senses
  • Goals for Meditation in Buddhism
    • What is wakeful presence?
  • What is Calm Abiding Meditation?
    • Settling, Tranquility, and Equanimity
    • Why is calm abiding necessary?
    • Is calm abiding enough?
    • Is non-thought the goal? Why or why not?
    • The function of calm abiding
    • The benefits of finding calm when coping with change, illness and death
  • Daily Meditation
    • Calm Abiding 21 Breaths

Lesson 3: Tradition & Context of the Practice

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • The Orientations of Buddhist Meditation
  • Tibetan Buddhism: Distinctions in the Practice
  • Tibetan Yogis and Contemplation (Nyingma Ngakpa)
  • Overview of frameworks of contemplative traditions
    • Why different methods to meet different needs
  • Calm Abiding vs Insight Meditation
    • Calm Abiding (Tib. Zhine, zhi gnas; Skt. Shamatha)
    • Sequence of calm abiding and insight
  • Preparing for Calm Abiding
    • The importance of enlightened intent (Skt. Bodhichitta)
    • Methods for cultivating enlightened intent
    • Lifestyle and ethical considerations
    • The goal of discovering self-existing wakefulness
  • The Body Context
    • Introduction to the mind-body relationship framed as winds, channels and spheres. (Skt. prana, nadi, bindu; Tbtn. rtsa, rlung, thigle)
    • The importance of phases of meditation practice
    • Brief introduction to the opening and closing contemplations
    • The Meditation Tradition & Establishing Context for Clarity & Calm
  • Daily Practice
  • Preliminary Practice 2: Double the Exhale
  • Calm Abiding Exercise 1: Twenty-one Breaths

Lesson 4: Ideal Place and Time

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • Ideal Times to practice
  • Ideal Durations of Practice
  • Ideal Clothing
  • Ideal Seat
  • Teaching in Non-Ideal Conditions
  • Overview of the prayers for opening and closing the Practice
  • Ideal Place – Traditional & Modern Considerations
  • Preliminary Practice 4: Tactile Sensations

“If the conditions of tranquility are impaired, one may meditate intensively for as long as a thousand years without achieving tranquil absorption.” -The Bodhipathapradīpa

  • Daily Meditation
    • Finding a stable posture
    • Preliminary Practice 1: Regulating the breath
    • Calm Abiding Exercise 1: Twenty-one Breaths

Lesson 5: Mastering the Posture

  • Taught by Aruna Rig’dzin
  • Preparatory practices for sitting
  • Secrets to the 7 Point Posture
  • How to sit on the cushion
  • How to sit in a chair
  • Helping Others to Sit
  • Props as Sitting Support for Tight Hips or Back Problems
  • Half Lotus and Full Lotus
  • Correct placement of the ankle in half lotus and full lotus
  • Solutions for Pain and Body Limitations

Lesson 6: Preparation for Practice

  • Taught by Satya Shiva
  • Introduction to the preliminary somatic practice
  • Preliminary Practice 3:  Nine purification breaths
  • Why Inner Yoga Practices settle the mind

Lessons 7: Abiding in Peace and Calm

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • Overview of the five main methods for finding calm
  • Common factors in all the Calm Abiding Methods
  • Structured exercises, unstructured spaces and non-elaborate meditation techniques
  • Importance of periods of non-guided meditation
  • What is ‘bad’ meditation, making sense of the dullness, agitation and impulses
  • Meditation as a space for encountering what we are

Lessons 8: Abiding in Peace and Calm

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • Overview of the five main methods for finding calm continued
  • Overview of four of the five preliminary exercises for synchronizing body and mind
  • What is calm or tranquility? How is it distinguished from dullness?
  • Step by Step Detailed Instructions for the 5 Main Methods to teach for accessing meditative presence
  • Does meditation make the mind more busy?
  • Practicing in ease versus practicing in tension and aggression
  • Dealing with fidgeting and body movement, how much movement or stillness is required?
  • Discerning distractions as soon as they arise
  • The liberating power of focusing the mind
  • Defining mental freedom as the power to concentrate on chosen objects
  • Balance between effort and relaxation
  • Quality vs Quantity – why it’s important
  • What to do if the students are all distracted or struggling in the middle of the session
  • Sticking with one method at a time

Lessons 9: Abiding in Peace and Calm

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • Overview of the five main methods for finding calm
  • Samten (Dhyana) meditative stability
  • Daily prayers opening prayers part 1 and Refuge prayer
  • Refuge prayer without the word Refuge
  • Concrete objects to tune into the non-concrete presence
  • Rigpa – the Intrinsic quality like the wetness of water
  • How to calm the emotional poisons which distort our vision, disturb our mind
  • Formless meditation instructions and theory

Lesson 10: Abiding in Peace and Calm

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • Overview of the five main methods for finding calm continued
  • What is the difference between Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and other meditation techniques
  • How does lifting the gaze change the meditation
  • Meditating on an external object
  • The forceful aspect of Forced Calm Abiding
  • What is the Ah Thigle? What is the benefit of using the Ah Thigle as an Object
  • Step by Step Detailed Instructions for the 5 Main Methods to teach for accessing meditative presence
  • Tips for Instructing Meditation for beginners and advanced audiences

Lesson 11: Abiding in Peace and Calm

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • Two factors that lead to the meditative state
  • The importance of enlightened intent (bodhichitta)
  • The intentional factor that leads to the meditative state
  • Subtle Body as Mind
  • Mind riding the Wind
  • The Five Vital Winds
  • Practicing with Body Speech and Mind
  • The Symbolism and meaning of Om Ah Hung Practices
  • Expressing enlightened intent in the opening and closing of practice
  • Calm Abiding Practice with Sending Light

Lessons 12 – 14: Obstacles and Antidotes

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • Primary obstacles to meditation and their remedies
  • Considerations for preventing obstacles to meditation
  • Recognizing the source of obstacles
  • Working with special cases – tips for students with depression, addiction, and trauma
  • Uprooting every teacher’s worst obstacle
  • Cultivating ethics & Discovering consciousness as ethical

Lesson 15: Obstacles and Antidotes in Diet & Lifestyle

  • Taught by Satya Shiva
  • Dietary & Lifestyle Considerations for preventing obstacles to meditation

Lesson 16: Teaching Methodology

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • Avoiding common pitfalls in teaching
  • Discovering your authentic voice
  • Integrating Meditation Teaching into your coaching practice, medical practice and other careers
  • Facilitating groups in welcomes, check-ins, and discussions
  • Avoiding sexist language and actions
  • Skills for addressing Racism & Bigotry
  • Remaining relevant

Lesson 17: Tips for Teaching in the Meditation Practicum

  • Taught by Aruna Rig’dzin and Satya Shiva
  • Finding places to teach classes
  • How to set up your 3 hour meditation practicum
  • The importance of serving under-served communities
  • Identifying and approaching underserved communities

Lesson 18: The Stages of Meditation

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • Stages of developing practice
  • The nine stages of developing the meditative state of calm abiding
  • Signs of success on the path
  • Practices for adapting to the stages of meditation

Lesson 19: The Goal of Meditation

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • The Goal of Meditation as a Buddhist Practice
  • Advanced Considerations
  • Understanding the mind, perception and its objects
  • Non-self and open-ended experience
  • Non-conceptuality, bliss, and clarity
  • Working through meditative experiences without grasping

Lesson 20: Questions and Answers

  • Taught by Aruna Rig’dzin

Lesson 21: Instructor Parameters

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • Secrets to Personal Discipline & Developing a Strong Practice
  • Working with students
  • Teaching Ethics – A Code to Live By
  • Scope of Practice

Lesson 22: Bonus Class

  • Taught by Pema Khandro

Final Words of Advice

  • Taught by Pema Khandro
  • Keeping a discipline after the course
  • Developing ongoing education
  • Values for a Meditation Instructor
  • Heart Advice for Meditation Instructors


  • After you register students will submit an application – click here to view it.
  • After you register students will submit Release of Liability Form
  • Once the course begins you will complete all homework and assignments
  • Daily practice throughout the duration of the course
  • Students must attend all live classes to graduate or:
    • Missing Classes
      • If a student must miss one or all of the scheduled group workshops due to timing, timezone, professional or family life, they may elect to receive private coaching in its place.
      • For each group workshop missed, you may schedule an hour of private coaching from MIT faculty at the rate of $100 per session. Scheduling is based on the availability of the training instructors.
  • During Practicum:
    • Complete teaching 6 hours of free meditation classes to friends and family
    • Complete teaching 6 hours in an underserved community
    • Complete 6 classes within the Daily Meditation Online program
  • Graduation is subject to approval by faculty
  • Tuition and dana (teaching donation) for the entire course must be complete before graduation
  • Successful completion of all quizzes, final exam, and final teaching practicum
  • Daily practice and completion of the daily journals must be complete before graduation
  • All 150 course hours required for certification.


  • Minimum of three years of meditation practice experience or equivalent is suggested
  • Ability to devote time and energy to the program, to attend and complete all course components, to take time away from work and other commitments in order to complete the study, practice and attend group sessions.
  • Maintenance of a harmonious relationship with Instructors, Pema Khandro, co-leaders, and student community at the Buddhist Studies Institute.
  • Ability to cover tuition and practice of Dana (teaching offering) in support of all program components (see tuition for details).
  • Psychological health and stability:
    • a history of emotional maturity and personal development, psychological development
    • a history of psychological stability and well-being for the previous ten years.


The Buddhist studies institute advocates for observation of Buddhist ethics, maintaining personal discipline and observing practices necessary for suitable health throughout the course and throughout one’s teaching career.

  • Embodying Buddhist principles:
    • generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, compassion, equanimity
    • respect for teachers and sangha
    • harmony with teachers and sangha.
  • Ethical integrity:
    • upholding the five precepts and Commitment to Buddhist ethics
    • especially maintaining sobriety (in terms of being free from substance addictions)
    • and refraining from sexual misconduct (includes refraining from romantic relationships with students and refraining from breaking vows or causing others to break their vows.)
    • Refraining from hate speech (including hate speech on social media).
  • Ethical commitment to refrain from engaging in sexual relationships with any students.
    • The Buddhist Studies Institute follows a zero tolerance for abuse policy. Sexual relationships with students is grounds for having certification revoked.
  • Continuing psychological and emotional stability and well being throughout the duration of the course.
  • A wish to lead, based on service, gratitude, humility, and kindness rather than ego-driven ambition or narcissism. This includes:
    • a conscious awareness of one’s own limitations;
    • understanding the scope of one’s competence and authority;
    • the willingness to draw on support from teachers and other professionals;
    • adopting the practice of referring when students have needs outside one’s scope of competency; attribution of credit to sources/teachers when repeating or using their works.
  • Personal and interpersonal maturity:
    • ability to maintain a harmonious relationship with teachers and peers, emotional maturity to work through difficulties in practice and interpersonal difficulties, maintaining respect for past teachers and dharma community
  • Respect for diversity:
    • Respect towards other religious views, expressing kindness towards all beings regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or sectarian affiliation; respect for all types of Buddhism.
    • Completion of required self-paced modules on anti-racism, anti-sexism, and trauma informed teaching


  • Early Bird Tuition – Enroll by Dec 1st, 2022
    • One-Time Fee: $1995
    • Payment plan: $2220 paid over four months @ $555/month
  • Advanced Enrollment Discount – Dec 2 – Dec 31, 2022
    • One-time Fee: $2195
    • Payment plan: $2300 paid over four months @ $575/month
  • Regular Tuition – after Jan 1st, 2023
    • One-Time Fee: $2495
    • Payment plan: $2500 paid of four months @ $625/month
  • All Access Pass / Sustainer Members
    • AAP Members wishing to join the training and be certified as a meditation teacher may sign a one-year contract with automated payments, and be certified upon completion of all payments and course requirements.
  • Additional Member Discounts Available – See Membership for details
  • Suggested teacher donations: $108

Financial Aid Considerations The course costs are set at a minimum fee already, with financial aid built into all tuition rates. Because we are a non-profit organization, the costs of all activities and overhead of our organization must be covered by the participants of the courses or donations, and all courses are offered at below cost. For those who are experiencing genuine financial hardship and wish to enroll in the course, Financial Aid applications are available. (Applications must be received in advance.) Financial Aid Scholarships receive a 50% discount on tuition. 

  • POC Scholarships: Two Person-of-Color scholarships are available for this training.
  • Open Scholarships: Two Financial-Aid scholarships are available for this training.

Submit Financial Aid Scholarship Application Here

What if I have to miss a portion of the Saturday Live Online Group Sessions?
A student can make up missed Live Group Session by purchasing a 1-hour private session with a facilitator.
At what point will I be ready to begin offering my free meditation classes to my community?
You may begin the Teaching Practicum in your community at the midpoint of Module 4, after completion of hours teaching to friends and family, and on recommendation of facilitators or teaching assistants. Students must arrange and organize these classes for themselves.
What if I am not able to lead the required hours of meditation classes in my community within the time period of the training?
A student may schedule meditation classes in their community at any time that works for their schedule, however, they will not be certified as a meditation instructor until these hours are completed and confirmed by the facilitators. If the hours are not completed by the scheduled graduation, an extension of 30 days may be granted, however, all coursework, practice hours and make-up sessions must be completed within that timeframe.
What are the daily meditation journal questions?
1. What time did you start practicing today, and what time did you finish practicing?
2. What were the positive things about your practice today?
3. Name one challenge about your practice today?
4. Where did you practice?
5. Which practice did you complete today?
Example entry:
  1. I started practicing this morning at 7:30am and finished practicing at 8am.
  2. My knee problems didn’t bother me, my body felt good and stable!
  3. My mind was very active today.
  4. In the meditation room upstairs by the window, I found the light helped.
  5. I practiced the 21 breath practice. Also, the preliminary exercise was double breathing.
If I have the All-Access Pass (AAP) – can I still attend the training pieces that I chose even if I don’t want to become a Certified Meditation Instructor?
Yes. AAP who have been in good standing for at least 1 year may attend any and all portions of the MIT by watching the videos – except the workshops and exams. Live Workshops and exams are for registered students only. New AAP members who wish to be certified will sign a contract for 1 year of membership and will receive certification upon completion of 1 year member terms and all course requirements.

If I complete the training, will I automatically be a Certified Meditation Instructor and authorized to lead classes and one-day meditation retreats?

  • Graduation is subject to approval by the faculty.
  • Successful completion of all exams 80% or above, plus completion of the practicum.
  • Daily practice and completion of the daily journals
  • Documentation and completion meditation classes in your community.
  • Satisfaction of all prerequisites.

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  • Meditation Instructor Training – 4 month Pay Plan Tuition
  • $575
  • Pay 4 Installments of $575
  • Instant Access to Self-Paced Courses
  • Access this course anytime for 1 year from the time of purchase
  • Meditation Instructor Training – General Tuition
  • $2300
  • Instant Access to Self-Paced Courses
  • Access this course anytime for 1 year from the time of purchase
  • Access this course anytime for 1 year from the time of purchase

Tuition FAQ

Self-paced courses are all pre-recorded and able to be completed at the participants own pace.

Technical assistance is available if needed, for help with accessing the course online:
Email Info@BuddhistStudiesInstitute.org

Registration price or payment plan price includes all course curriculum. Does not include teaching donation (dana) for teachers.

All tuition, registration, and donations are non-refundable.

What People are Saying about Meditation Instructor Training

“I can’t imagine a better,  more thorough teacher training available to people online. The ease of being in the comfort of our home is amazing. The depth of the dharma teachings are brilliant, it goes far beyond a simple meditation training class. It is an immersion into Buddhist thought in a deeply experiential way. WELL DONE!”

“I enjoyed the guided meditation practice. It was very good for me to get back into a strong daily practice. It is very beneficial as a student and prospective teacher. There is a lot of great curriculum and the teachers are very accessible and knowledgeable.”

“This course was superbly done, and so much more than I could have expected. It was wonderfully rigorous—which contributed to my respect for the process and my motivation along the way—and, at the same time, totally doable. The lesson series was comprehensive and left me feeling extremely well-prepared.”

“I recommend this training heartily without any reservation to anyone who wants to share meditation with others and deepen their own practice. Most definitely, you will learn how to meditate like no other training. Your own practice will accelerate hugely. You will learn how to teach with maturity, right attitude, confidence and integrity – this is greatly needed. Five stars!”

“I love having the format, the context and the massive inspiration that the training offered me. I cannot say enough of how the training benefited me!!! Thank you!!!! I look forward to working with everything I have learned in an ongoing way.”

“I enjoyed all of the lectures with Pema Khandro. She is really clear in her way.  I also enjoyed the practicums with Satya and Aruna. They helped me to feel really welcome and free to ask questions for the purpose of learning. I would recommend this training.  It was good for me to begin to understand a framework for all of this wisdom.”

“Such an incredibly clear course in such a supportive and positive environment. Such a wealth of experience, expertise, and accomplishment. I enjoyed both learning about the purpose and nature of meditation and the goals, and also the joy of teaching.”

“I would recommend this training very strongly, simply because you will come out of it with such resources, agency and edification. It creates a world of context to continue to deepen your study of meditation and will without doubt give you the tools you need to teach meditation. It is hard work but it delivers.”

“This training provides instructions on meditation methods that have been tested, developed and used for thousands of years. The methods are simple but deep as you may go. The instructors are experienced, professional, knowledgeable, and spiritual. The Lineage stands with you. I recommend this course to anyone serious about meditation.”

“I would recommend this course for anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and personal practice of Buddhist meditation. Also to gain the compassion and confidence to share it with all sentient beings.”

“I understand the purpose and benefits of meditation so much clearer now than before. This is such a simple and compassionate method that can really be used by anyone. The teachings were totally comprehensive, thorough and easy to understand.”

“This training has deepened my practice and helped me to understand how I can be more supportive in helping others to learn to meditate. I’m sure the benefits for me will continue to ripen as I continue my practice.”