Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science was originally founded in 1998 as the Center for Meditation and Healing at the Columbia University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry in New York City. Developed by Dr. Joe Loizzo with the help of Dr. Ina Becker, its programs embody over thirty-five years' experience integrating meditation and yoga with Western health science and health education.
In 2003, the Center for Meditation and Healing joined the Center for Integrative Medicine at Weill Cornell College of Medicine in New York City to expand research and training. Nalanda Institute opened its doors in 2005 to make meditation and yoga-based health education and counseling more accessible to the public. In 2007, it was incorporated in New York State as Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, Inc., a not-for-profit educational foundation under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.