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CBCT Teacher Certification Program

The CBCT Teacher Certification program was launched in 2011 to meet an increasing number of requests by scientific researchers to provide CBCT as an intervention in controlled trial studies.

Level One Certification requires a year-long course including workshops, a practicum seminar, and supervised co-teaching.  The certification assures that instructors are capable of presenting CBCT with fidelity to the core curriculum and with skillful use of communication in a classroom setting.  Level One Certification allows teaching CBCT in programs coordinated by Emory University. 

Level Two Certification is for very experienced teachers and is based on an extensive portfolio review and content examination. This level allows instructors to offer courses independently of Emory University.

Along with preparing a teacher to offer CBCT in a research context, certification also prepares for teaching within the expanding array of community and outreach programs in which the Emory-Tibet Partnership is involved.

CBCT teachers come from diverse backgrounds, traditions, ages, and a variety of professional roles that include teachers, therapists, doctors, researchers, and many others.  What participants have in common are a strong personal experience with CBCT (typically via the Foundation Course), a robust contemplative practice, and the desire to share the practices and potential benefits of CBCT with others.

Certification for those outside of the Atlanta area can be arranged in special situations and is offered on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact our CBCT team at cbct@emory.edu for more information.

Our 2013 CBCT Teacher Trainees and Instructors

Announcing the "Seeds of Compassion" Scholarship Fund

Thanks to the very generous support of one of our 2012 CBCT Teacher Training participants, we have established a scholarship fund to support new CBCT teacher trainees. Two to three need-based partial scholarships will be awarded for our 2013 Teacher Training cycle. If you are interested in applying for scholarship support, please request a scholarship application when you submit your completed CBCT Teacher Training application. Award recipients will be notified in the spring.

If you are interested in supporting this training fund, please click here.

Thank you for your gift of generosity!

CBCT Teacher Training Level One Overview

Level One Teacher Certification has three required components: a retreat, a practicum, and a teaching assistantship.

I. Retreat and Workshop

9 days in early August 2015; Exact Dates TBD Cost: $1295
Fee includes: tuition, facilities fee, catered lunches, and tea breaks. All participants are responsible for arranging their own off-site accommodation and transportation.
Location: TBD, Facility in Atlanta, GA

The first five days of this nine-day program are devoted to intensive meditation and reflection, designed to deepen one’s practice of compassion. Dr. Negi leads the retreat. The final four days include a series of workshops focused on deepening understanding of the core content of CBCT and developing pedagogical skills and strategies to support the presentation of the content.

II. Practicum

Eight-week course beginning in September 2015. (Tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays, 5:00-9:30pm; Dates/times subject to change). Cost: $1750

The Practicum provides an opportunity for trainees to experience and reflect on a CBCT course as taught by certified CBCT instructors, to read and discuss foundational material, and to develop one’s ability to present the CBCT content with clarity and fluidity. Trainees attend a two-hour seminar each week as well as attending a weekly CBCT course for a general adult population. Requirements include creating class lessons and meditation scripts, leading fellow participants through sample teachings and related meditations, becoming familiar with background sources and current scientific studies, and completing weekly written assignments including a meditation practice journal. Participants also strengthen their personal practice of CBCT throughout the practicum.

III. Teaching Assistantship

Eight-week assistantship beginning as early as Spring 2016. Dates/times vary. Cost: Supervision fee, typically $2,025.

As opportunity allows, trainees will co-teach a CBCT course with a certified CBCT teacher. During the course, trainees work with the Teacher Certification coordinator to create goals for improvement, develop individualized class plans, strategize working with a co-teacher, and create meaningful class notes and reflections. Work includes updating the personal Teaching Statement and providing a final, detailed self-evaluation. Feedback and guidance on content and teaching strategies are provided throughout.
Please note: Completion of the Retreat and Practicum does not guarantee a Teaching Assistantship. While we do our best to place all applicants, due to the unpredictable availability of co-teachers and the variable nature of our programs, the TAship may not be possible until some unspecified future date. Teaching Assistantship placements are assigned at the discretion of the ETP Director.


In order to apply to the certification program, the following prerequisites are required:
(1) Completed a CBCT Foundation Course with Dr. Lobsang Tenzin Negi,
(2) Have a regular meditation practice (in any form) for a minimum of one year,
(3) Have participated in at least one 7-day, teacher-led, contemplative retreat (from any tradition).
In exceptional circumstances in which comparable pedagogical or clinical experience is demonstrated, one may be admitted to the program without having attended a 7-day meditation retreat. The trainee, however, will be asked to fulfill this requirement before being considered for the Teaching Assistantship. Deepening one's personal meditation practice is considered essential for developing one’s teaching ability for CBCT.
Intake of applications for the 2015 Level One Teacher Certification will begin in March 2015. The recommended submission deadline is May 1, 2015, with a final deadline of June 15, 2015.

CBCT Teacher Training Level Two Overview

Level Two Certification allows one to teach CBCT independently— without direct oversight by the Emory-Tibet Partnership—while continuing to rely on the ongoing support of the CBCT administration.  Level Two Certified teachers have access to teaching manuals and materials, promotional literature and templates, and the web database of CBCT-related audio recordings, hand-outs, and other reference materials and resources.  Level Two Certified teachers are provided professional support via continuing education opportunities, including CBCT refresher courses and retreats at discounted rates, and have their name listed on the CBCT website to confirm their certification status.  They are granted the limited right to use (and in some cases have the obligation to use) both the name and logo of CBCT in their professional material and publicity.  Level Two Certification allows teachers to set and collect fees directly from course participants or sponsoring organizations, in most cases independently of Emory University.

An annual fee of $175 is required to maintain active Level Two Certification.


After successful attainment of Level One Certification, but prior to applying for Level Two Certification, teachers are expected to teach several courses and gain a strong level of confidence with the material and their personal pedagogical abilities.  This typically will take several years, but note that Level Two Certification is not a requirement for teaching CBCT in most cases.  The Emory University CBCT program coordinates numerous projects that employ Level One Certified instructors in a given year, and this number is growing with each passing year.

When a teacher does feel ready and would like to pursue Level Two Certification, it is recommended to plan a meeting with the CBCT director or teacher training coordinator to discuss the process and review the components which are listed below.

I.  Teaching Portfolio Review

In order to initiate a formal review for Level Two Certification, a teacher prepares and submits a Teaching Portfolio.  The content of the portfolio will be specific to each individual, and exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis, but the following list serves as the basic requirement:

  • Updated and expanded Teaching Statement.  (See Practicum.)
  • Explanation of goals and intent for acquiring the Level Two Certification.
  • A set of class plans, tailored to a particular population or class that the applicant has taught as a lead teacher.
  • A set of quality audio recordings of guided meditations for each of the 6 modules.
  • An edited set of quality video recordings of a class taught by the instructor, providing 3 clips that demonstrate an ability to: (1) presenting complex pedagogical CBCT material (especially Modules 3, 4, or 5) with clarity, (2) leading discussion / providing feedback to student questions and concerns, and (3) leading meditation for one of the more complex topics (Module 3 or later).  Each clip should be 10 -30 minutes long, no more than 1 hour total, and chosen to demonstrate proficiency.
  • Three letters of support: from mentor, colleague, and student.
  • Relevant course evaluations/surveys that give feedback on one’s teaching.
  • A summary of the ongoing development of one’s meditation practice, focusing on the prior 6 months to 1 year.  Include updated list of contemplative retreat attendance.  (A minimum of 2 retreats are expected between the initial CBCT Teacher Training retreat and the application for Level Two Certification.)

After receiving the Teaching Portfolio, the CBCT director and training coordinator will convene a committee, including a Senior Teacher familiar with the applicant’s work if possible, to review the portfolio in its entirety and to provide feedback.  This committee will also determine whether the applicant needs more development of the portfolio before it is approved.  If the portfolio is not approved, the applicant will be given feedback about which areas need improvement and will be given the chance to revise and resubmit the portfolio.  In some cases the applicant may be asked to teach another CBCT course, perhaps with supervision or in a co-teacher setting, to develop and demonstrate certain skills or knowledge before re-submitting the portfolio.  

Schedule:  The review and approval of a Teaching Portfolio is a detailed process that may take several months after the initial date of the submittal.  Additional materials that are requested after the initial submittal may extend the review time.  Cost:  $650.  Fee is due at the initiation of the portfolio review process and is non-refundable. 

II.  Final Exam

Once the Teaching Portfolio is approved, the applicant will be notified that they may schedule a time to sit for the final exam, which will be administered by Dr. Negi, ETP Director, either in writing or in person (orally) at the director’s discretion.

Level Two Certification will be granted after successful completion of the exam.

Time/Dates:  To be scheduled at mutually convenient time. 

Cost:   The cost of the exam is included in the cost of the portfolio review above.  A re-exam, if needed, will be provided for $150.




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