School of Mind Training

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

About School of Mind Training

Indian Knowledge Systems offer valuable insights into the mind and its functions, particularly the Buddhist view on mind. The basic premise is that, your mind is your lab, and changes can be observed empirically. Gautam Buddha, often encouraged us to examine ourselves with a candour that we would prefer to avoid. Whilst studying the mind, Buddha and other Indian masters emphasised equally on Lifestyle and Nutrition, Correct View/FrameworkAttentional Training (Shamatha), Analytical Meditations (Vipassana), Ethical Conduct and Compassion. Our programs try to integrate a similar holistic approach. 

Explore our courses which are specifically designed for ordinary people, students, employees, mental health practitioners, counsellors, psychologists – ‘anyone who is interested in working on themselves as well as with others’. Contact us if you want to read the detailed brochure, or  you are interested in customised training programs for your organisation/institutions



Choose from a host of our offerings: From pune university PG diploma to online/offline customised training programs

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Applied Mahayana Buddhist Psychology & Ethics (AMBPE)

Our flagship program, the Applied Mahayana Buddhist Psychology & Ethics (AMBPE), is a transformative 1-year journey into the depths of Buddhist Psychology. It combines rigorous intellectual study with practical application, guiding you through the profound teachings of the Nalanda tradition.

Choose from two certification options:

  1. WCCL Foundation Certified AMBPE
  2. Department of Pali SPPU Certified Post Graduate Diploma in AMBPE
  • Duration
    9 months offline course conducted in Dept. of Pali & Buddhist Studies, Savitri Bai Phule Pune University. This is a regularly offered course, which usually begins in August and ends in April
  • Eligibility
    Minimum eligibility is graduation from any faculty (Arts, Science, Commerce, Humanities, etc.) A sincere interest in understanding theory & applying the teachings of the Buddha is most important. Students must be able to understand English. Written work can be submitted in English/ Marathi/ Hindi. Ability to commit to 100% attendance as per course schedule. For the Dept. of Pali SPPU Certification, a Merit list will be created on the basis of the marks obtained by the candidate in the Entrance Exam. Admission will be subject to the reservations policy of the State Government

Healing the Mind through Knowing the Mind (HTMKTM)

Our Healing the Mind through Knowing the Mind (HTMKTM) program is a flexible and tailored training experience rooted in Buddhist Psychology and Philosophy. This program is ideal for educational institutions, NGOs and corporate organizations seeking to foster well-being, resilience, and emotional intelligence among their members. We have conducted these courses for Arth (Mumbai), Banyan Academy for Leadership in Mental Health – BALM (Chennai), Lighthouse (Pune), Kanishka School (Bir, HP), Mind & Arts Institute (Mumbai). The course design is inspired by the teachings of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

  • Duration
    Flexible, Online, and can be designed as per your needs.
  • Eligibility
    Graduate Students of ANY stream. Course content will be specially applicable for Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychiatric nurses, MSWs, Healthcare workers, Counsellors, and other such allied service providers, Future Business Leaders, Entrepreneurs, Artists, Scientists, Economists, Political Scientists, Educators, Administrative Officers, Environmentalists, and other key personnel whose choices can impact many people A working understanding of English including reading, and writing is a prerequisite
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Other Courses

Our intermittent course offerings delve into specific Buddhist texts like Acharya Shantideva’s “Way of the Bodhisattva (Skt. Bodhicharyāvatāra), providing in-depth exploration and discussion of their teachings. These courses offer participants a unique opportunity to engage deeply with classical texts and gain profound insights into Buddhist philosophy.


Impact and Success Stories

Testimonials of individuals who have attended our AMBPE and/or HTMKTM course.


Our Team

Our team of dedicated professionals will ensure that your journey is smooth and joyous

Asha Pillai-Balsara
Asha Pillai-Balsara
Executive Director & Senior Faculty for Buddhist Psychology

Asha Pillai-Balsara

Executive Director & Senior Faculty for Buddhist Psychology

Asha is a student of Buddhism, and committed to teaching householders, working professionals and students. Her enthusiasm and love for this subject is matched with over 27 years of training & teaching experience. She is a faculty in Dept. of Pali, Savitribai Phule University for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Mahayana Buddhist Psychology & Ethics .Since 2001, she has been the Executive Director of WCCL Foundation and under Asha’s leadership, WCCL Foundation has been awarded 3 consecutive grants spanning 10 years by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Allied Trusts for it’s efforts in bring arts in healing, and developing an Indian-centric perspective to psychology. She has designed learning material, course syllabus and textbooks for Applied Buddhist Psychology. This forms the bedrock of WCCL’s School of Mind Training. Her pioneering spirit has enabled WCCL to manifest various community-based projects like Bodhi Bhajans, Siddhartha Festival (Bodhgaya), Yogis & Panditas Field Visit, and Study of Mind Lecture series.

Ms. Charushila Wankhede
Ms. Charushila Wankhede
Academic Assistant, Clinical Musicianship Coordinator

Ms. Charushila Wankhede

Academic Assistant & Executive Assistant

Certified Arts Based Therapy Practitioner with more than 15 years experience in working with various groups of people including Human Resource Management in corporate organizations, CSR project management and implementation in non profit organisations, and individual and group therapy sessions using various art forms. Have facilitated many group sessions with diverse population, children, young adults and adults from various backgrounds – community based as well as working professionals.

Ms. Elaine Kochar
Ms. Elaine Kochar
Academic Assistant

Ms. Elaine Kochar

Academic Assistant

Elaine manages logistics, venue arrangements, and academic content compilation and all the support necessary for ensuring that the AMBPE course in Pune University runs on schedule. Her warm presence and impeccable eye for detail ensures that each student feels cared for, and supported. Elaine is a long-term student of Buddhist Philosophy. Having completed her AMBPE course, she is now studying the Nalanda Masters Program online course offered by Tibet House.



Lecture by Geshe Dorji Damdul for current & ex-students of AMBPE course.

Geshe Dorji Damdul La will be giving teachings on “The Rice Seedling” Sutra.

The Nalanda Tradition in Contemporary Practice of ABT

School of Mind Training

Undertake a pilgrimage

to Buddhist sites armed with a copy of “Best Foot Forward” in which Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche offers pilgrims advice on every aspect of pilgrimage: where to go, what to do, the meaning of pilgrimage and generating the right motivation before leaving home

84000: Translating the words of the Buddha

A gigantic project undertaken to translate the entire Sutra Pitaka from Tibetan into English. A tremendous opportunity for us to re-acquaint ourselves with the words of the Buddha. Visit the reading room at “84000 – Translating the Words of the Buddha”


Study of Mind Lecture Series

Discover a treasure trove of teachings by Buddhist Masters and Scholars, meticulously organized by WCCLF in collaboration with partner organizations. These lectures are open to public, completely free of charge and offer a unique opportunity to meet inspiring Masters who have demonstrated a profound commitment to practicing the Dharma. In the past, we have been fortunate to receive teachings from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Geshe Dorji Damdul, Drubgyud Tenzin Rinpoche and many other Scholars, Khenpos and Geshes.

Our Partners

WCCL is very fortunate to have a vast community of partner organisations and individuals.

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