Meditation Teacher Training 2018


Since 2007, The Interdependence Project has been committed to teaching Buddhism in a modern and accessible way.  Our Meditation Teacher Training (IDP MTT) is among the few programs to provide qualified aspiring contemplative teachers and guides with a comprehensive immersion in the practices and principles of multi-lineage, secular Buddhism.

This intensive 200 hour certificate training includes six weekend retreats, peer study groups, classes and retreats at IDP, and bi-monthly online, interactive, video support meetings.Application


Originated by IDP founder and renowned Buddhist teacher Ethan Nichtern, IDP MTT has evolved to enable committed practitioners to confidently lead others on a path of mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion, with integrity and heart.

The 2018 program will be led by noted psychologist, Rinzai Zen teacher, and author Dr. Jeffrey Rubin, IDP teacher and Executive Director, Kimberly Brown, and IDP teacher Mona Chopra.  Other members of the IDP Faculty will support them.


IDP MTT incorporates the philosophical, psychological, and ethical principles of the Buddhist traditions with contemporary mindfulness teachings and therapeutic practices.  Participants learn specific techniques for effectively leading individual and group mindfulness and compassion meditation, and are directed on a path of study to clarify the function of contemplative practice and mindfulness in the development of wisdom and compassion.

Designed to prepare experienced meditators to offer mindfulness and compassion practices to their clients, patients, family, and the general public, this training is open to therapists, educators, life coaches, leaders, managers, social workers, yoga teachers, and experienced Buddhist and mindfulness students inspired by their own practice to encourage others to work with their hearts and minds.

What we offer:

  • Experiential learning and practice of individual and group meditation techniques in a supportive environment, including various methods of teaching mindfulness, compassion, lovingkindness, and concentration 
  • A deep understanding of how mindfulness and contemplation supports ethical behavior and clarity, leading to beneficial actions for self and others
  • A foundation of study and reading of texts from many lineages and contemporary mindfulness and Buddhist teachers
  • IDP classes and retreats
  • An opportunity to participate in an established and vibrant community (the IDP sangha)
  • Confidence and knowledge to teach traditional practices in a secular manner that supports a wide range of contemporary fields
  • Understanding of working with diverse groups and identifying personal biases
  • A Meditation Teacher certificate, upon completion, for those that fulfill the requirements


Graduates of MTT include instructors in the mindfulness and dharma communities, social justice and engaged practice leaders, corporate meditation guides, innovative psychotherapists, teachers, lawyers and non-profit professionals, and others inspired to share the benefits of their practice with the world.


Each weekend schedule is Friday 7-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Between weekends, participants commit to a daily meditation practice, the completion of regular homework assignments and readings, and weekly and daily check-ins with peer groups.  Online support tutorials led by IDP teachers are also offered between each training weekend.

Students are required to practice teach at least 35 hours to individuals or groups (family members, friends, work colleagues).


·      January 26-28

·      April 6-8

·      June 1-3

·      August 10-12

·      September 28-30

·      November 30-Dec 2


·      Bi-weekly, dates TBD as suits the schedule of the cohort


Students are assigned a study group of 3-5 people (“Quad”). Quads are responsible to meet for 1 hour weekly either in person or remotely, to discuss practice, readings, and training prep.  Note that homework is assigned per Quad, and students are expected to prepare and collaborate together on assignments. 


Participants are to attend 28 hours of classes and retreats at IDP.  Registration fees are included in your tuition. 



MTT is primarily designed for those with meditation experience who are interested in offering meditation instruction within their profession.  Committed contemplative and Buddhist students who would like to participate in this training to deepen their understanding and knowledge may also be admitted.


1.  Completion of the online application, (found at this link), and payment of the non-refundable $50 application fee at the bottom of this page.  This fee is waived if you apply by November 30.  Final application deadline is January 12, 2018.

2.  A regular meditation practice of at least two years, preferably longer

3. Two brief letters of recommendation - submit to

  • From a member, teacher, or leader of a Buddhist, mindfulness, or contemplative community
  • From a personal mentor or teacher

If the following practice requirements are not fulfilled at the time of application, acceptance to the program is conditional upon their fulfillment by June 30, 2018:

4.   Attendance of at least 40 classes and four weekend retreats with any recognized Buddhist, mindfulness, or meditation center, teacher or community, including IDP. Contact us if you're not sure about this requirement.

5.   Completion of at least one week-long, residential meditation retreat within a recognized lineage or approved mindfulness organization (such as MBSR)

Alternative credit may be considered for the above requirements. Please email with inquiries.



Tuition is offered on a sliding scale and is exclusive of reading materials and a year-end teachers’ gift.  IDP is a non-profit organization, please select the highest rate you can reasonably afford. This allows us to better meet the growing number of requests for financial aid and PoC scholarships.

·      Full Tuition:                            $2600 

·      Supporting Tuition:                 $2300 

·      Base Tuition:                          $2100


·      Upon acceptance, participants must submit a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the program tuition. The remaining 50% of the program tuition must be received by January 12, 2018

·      Because we can accept only a limited number of applications, we cannot offer refunds

·      Payment plans can be arranged for the Full or Supporting Tuition rates only. Contact us if you’re interested in arranging a payment plan.


Work-Study positions are awarded based upon both financial need and community involvement.  These positions require participants to provide assistance with setup and support on Training Weekends in exchange for reduced tuition.  Due to the limited number of positions available, you must apply by November 30, 2017 to be considered for a Work-Study position.


To further our commitment to creating a diverse community, we offer scholarships for this program to persons of color. If you identify as a person of color and would like to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate on your application.


Dr. RubinJeffrey B. Rubin, Ph.D is a practicing psychotherapist and teacher of meditation in New York City and Bedford Hills, New York. He is considered one of the leading integrators of the Western psychotherapeutic and eastern meditative traditions. A Sensei in the Nyogen Senzaki and Soen Nakagawa Rinzai Zen lineage and the creator of meditative psychotherapy, a practice that he developed through insights gained from decades of study, teaching and trying to helping people flourish, Jeffrey is the author of the new ebook, Meditative Psychotherapy and the critically acclaimed books "The Art of Flourishing," "Psychotherapy and Buddhism," "The Good Life," and "A Psychoanalysis for Our Time." Dr. Rubin has taught at various universities, psychoanalytic institutes, and Buddhist and yoga centers. He lectures around the country and has given workshops at the United Nations, the Esalen Institute, the Open Center, and the 92nd Street Y. A blogger for Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Rewireme, and Elephant Journal, his pioneering approach to psychotherapy and Buddhism has been featured in The New York Times Magazine. Learn more about Jeffrey at his website.


Kimberly BrownKimberly Brown is IDP's Executive Director and a graduate of IDP MTT I. Since 2011 she’s been leading mindfulness and compassion classes, workshops, and retreats for groups and individuals. Kim studies American and Tibetan Buddhism and practices lovingkindness meditation. Her teaching methods integrate her background in depth psychology, as well as compassion training and traditional Buddhist techniques as a means to help everyone reconnect to their inherent clarity and openness. Discover more about Kim and her teaching at her website.


Mona ChopraMona Chopra, MA, MS, L.Ac., is an acupuncturist, hypnotherapist, and therapeutic yoga and meditation instructor whose work is guided by the belief that the capacity to heal is boundless, and the capacity to love without limits is what liberates us.  The Buddhist teachings and practices resonate deeply with Mona and have helped her wake up to experiencing the magic present in every moment of life - be it one of joy or even of sorrow. Mona is grateful to all her teachers, in the myriad forms they appear. She is a graduate of IDP MTT III.  Learn more about Mona at her website.




Testimonials from MTT Graduates

"As a yoga teacher, I have been in quite a few training programs.  IDP's year-long immersion has been an incredible experience in personal growth in that I am constantly challenged to step outside my comfort zone and not 'cling to the shore.' Integrating Buddhist studies with daily meditation practice has been an invaluable part of my life.  The most important part of this whole process is that you are on this journey with loving, supportive, and super fun friends. " - Kim Stetz, Yoga Teacher and Holistic Health Coach

"I cannot say enough about how amazing this program is. It has profoundly changed my relationship to my practice." - Nomi Kleinman, Professor, Textile/Surface Design at Fashion Institute of Technology

"The emphasis on peer feedback and mutual support is invaluable. There isn't anything else quite like the IDP year-long instructor training program anywhere in the world and I consider myself very lucky to have been a part of it." - Lawrence Grecco, Zen Buddhist monk and Life Coach


THE INTERDEPENDENCE PROJECT has been offering mindfulness and contemplation in NYC since 2007.  Using traditional techniques updated for modern life, we enable everyone to create happier and wiser relationships with themselves and others. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


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