This program represents the first experience of close collaboration in the field of higher education between the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute and the University of Pisa. The first edition dates back to the A.Y. 2015/1016 and has been running since, with the exception of the A.Y. 2019/2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The Master is aimed at operators in Support Relationships and all those who wish to deepen their knowledge of contemplative practices both from an experiential, theoretical and neuroscientific point of view. The acceptance of the offering recorded an uninterrupted growth in the first four years, reaching a maximum of 65 members and stabilizing around that figure.
The Master's Council is made up of the Director, Prof. Angelo Gemignani, Professors Bruno Neri and Ciro Conversano and the President and Director of the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Lucia Landi and Valerio Tallarico.
The Master's course lasts approximately one year, generally starting from the month of March and ending in January of the following year, involving approximately 320 hours of lessons and 150 hours of internship for a total of 60 ECTS. The lessons are mainly in person and usually take place at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute; approximately 30% of online lessons and a small portion in UniPi classrooms are also planned.
The teaching staff is made up of professors from UniPi and other universities, instructors, masters and teachers of the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute and resident Geshe.
Starting from the seventh edition (A.Y. 2021/22), every year a residential meeting takes place at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute. The event is dedicated to former students, with the teachers delivering master classes aimed to update them on new research and scientific discoveries in the fields of neuroscience, meditation and contemplative practices.