Melisa graduated in Psychology from Universidad Siglo 21 (Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina) in the year 2013. The subject she chose to develop her thesis was The Search for the Transcendence of the Ego and the Professional Exercise, being the first thesis work in the university in including the concept of spirituality in the psychologist's professional practice.
In Argentina, she held post-graduate seminars in Transpersonal Psychology since 2012 (online and in person) in Centro Transpersonal de Buenos Aires with Lic. Virginia Gawel (the Pioneer of Transpersonal Psychology in Latinamerica) and the first Cycle of training in Transpersonal Psychology with Lic. Daniel Taroppio.
From her encounter with Tibetan Buddhism in 2014, she decided to guide her path of personal development and professional specialization in the direction and framework of Buddhist Psychology and Philosophy. Since 2015 she has lived in India, devoting herself to the study, practice and service of the Buddha Dharma.
Among her daily studies of Buddhist Psychology and Philosophy in Dharamsala, where she currently resides, are:
- The continuous course of Advanced Buddhist Philosophy on the text “Pramanavarttika Chapter Two” Taught by Geshe Ma Kelsang Wangmo, the first woman to obtain Geshe (equivalent to a Doctorate in the West) at the Institute for Buddhist Dialectical Studies (IBD).
- Buddhist Philosohphy classes with Choegyal Rinpoche, Dharamsala, India.
- Continuous philosophy classes on the LAM RIM བྱང་ཆུབ་ལམ་རིམ། (The Graduated Path to Enlightenment) taught by Geshe Gyaltsen Tsering at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, India.
- Tibetan language courses including “Pronunciation Course for Beginners” in the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, taught by the renown Professor Dr. Chok.
Since 2014 she also visits Kopan Monastery in Katmandú, Nepal every year, in order to deepen her practice and study of philosophy and meditation:
- In 2016 she studied the First Module of the Basic Program from FPMT facilitated by Ven. Fedor Stracke: “Buddhist Tenets”.
- In 2015 she has attended a three months retreat about the LAM RIM (The Graduated Path to Enlightenment) facilitated by Ven. Fedor Stracke.
- In 2014 she has taken part in November Course, an annual one month course/retreat about LAM RIM.
Apart from these studies, she attended several public lectures by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and New Delhi since 2014 and the following teachings of His Holiness:
- The Three Principal Aspects of the Path in Dharamsala, India (2017)
- Kalachakra དུས་འཁོར་དབང་ཆེན། in Bodhgaya, India (2017)
- Bodhisattvacharyavatara, Shantideva. རྒྱལ་སྲས་ཞི་བ་ལྷའི་མཛད་པའི་བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་སྤྱོད་པ་ལ་འཇུག་པ། in Namgyel Monastery, Dharamsala, India (2016)
- The 400 Verses, Aryadeva. སློབ་དཔོན་འཕགས་པ་ལྷས་མཛད་པའི་དབུ་མ་བཞི་བརྒྱ་པ། in Namgyel Monastery, Dharamsala, India (2016)
- Jangchub Lam Rim Teachings in Tashi Lunpo Monastery, India (2015)
- Bodhisattvacharyavatara, Shantideva. རྒྱལ་སྲས་ཞི་བ་ལྷའི་མཛད་པའི་བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་སྤྱོད་པ་ལ་འཇུག་པ། in Namgyel Monastery, Dharamsala, India (2014)
Other teachings and retreats:
- Several teachings from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Buddhism (FPMT) in Nepal and India (2014-2017).
- The first of five years of teachings in Mahamudra ཆག་རྒྱ་ཆེན། with the renown teacher from the Kagyu Tradition Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, author of the New York Times bestseller The Joy of Living in Palpung Sherabling Monastery, India (2016)
- A Course on "Oral Instructions of Refined Gold" by Ngawang Kunga Tenzin the 3rd Khamtrul Rinpoche led by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, yogini and author of Cave in the snow, Deer Park Institute, Bir, India (2017)
- A retreat on “Compassion and emptiness” taught by Venerable Robina Courtin in Thosamling, Dharamsala (2016)
- Medicine Buddha retreat in Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India (2016)
- Teachings from Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, yogini and author of Cave in the snow, Dharamsala (2016)
- Buddhist Psychology, a course taught by Geshe Dorji Damdul, director of Tibet House in Deer Park Institute, Bir, India (2016).
- A workshop about the prayer The King of Prayers, Samantabhadra འཕགས་པ་བཟང་པོ་སྤྱོད་པའི་སྨོན་ལམ་གྱི་རྒྱལ་པོ། in sanskrit, facilitated by Raji Ramanan, the renown Sanskrit adviser of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in Deer Park Institute, Bir (2016).
- Living with an Open Heart, teaching from the honorable teacher and practitioner Bikshuni Thubten Chödrön in Choe Khor Sum Ling Centre, Bangalore, India (2015)
- Dealing with situations when everything falls apart, teaching from Bikshuni Thubten Chödrön in The Garden of Samadhi Mind Centre, Bangalore, India (2015)
- And other related teachings in the context of Tibetan Buddhism.
foreign language (english)
Melisa studied the English language from the age of five, received medals of recognition for best grades of Cambridge exams and was flagged with the English flag in the primary school King's College. At the age of fifteen she obtained the First Certificate of Cambridge and has given private English lessons since then.
Melisa developed the concept of Sessions for appropriation of the foreign language© after working in New Zealand and Argentina with different students and proving the effectiveness in the differential value of this mode of learning the English language. She also offers this service in Spanish.
In 2015 Melisa co-led two workshops on "Self-Knowledge and Transpersonal Psychology" with Lic. Daniela Rojas Cavanzo in Río Cuarto (Córdoba) and Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2016 she also led twice a seminar on Buddhist Psychology in a secular way “Transforming the mind, transforming life” from the Centro Transpersonal de Buenos Aires.
In 2014 Melisa has collaborated with the review of articles for the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.
Melisa's experience with the foreign language includes the translation of two seminars taught by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo in Bir (India) and France from English to Spanish (2016), the interpretation of teachings taught by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Nepal (2014), the translation of the website of the International Transpersonal Congress “El florecimiento de la conciencia” in Brasil (2015) into English y and serveral translations for the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology (2014).
She has given private lessons in English since 2005 and since the creation of the learning system Sessions for the Appropriation of the foreign language© in the year 2014, she has offered this service in person and online.
Nowadays, Melisa is working on the development of a course on Universal Values nd Meditation with the support of Neurosciences following the advice of S.S. Dalai Lama, to realize her Master's vision of a secular education in ethical values, driven by the urgency to return to the basic foundations that enable the development of a more kind and peaceful humanity.
At the beginning of her stay in India, Melisa volunteered as a Meditation Leader in Root Institute for Wisdom and Culture (Centre belonging to the Foundation for the preservation of Mahayana Buddhism (FPMT) In Bodhgaya, India. Her tasks involved the leadership of daily guided meditations, the coordination of groups on pilgrimages to the Bodhgaya Sacred Sites, the coordination of groups in practices of Extensive Offerings, the research to deepen the practices carried out in the pilgrimages according to The teachings of the spiritual director of the FPMT, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, among others.
In 2014 Melisa workes as a volunteer as well offering housekeeping and cooking service in Mahamudra Centre (another Centre belonging to FPMR) in Coromandel, New Zealand.
Traveling around the world
Melisa has longed to travel the world from an early age, and has begun to deploy this life experience since 2011.
In 2013 Melisa traveled to New Zealand with the Working Holiday Visa, and worked as she walked the land of the kiwi for almost a year. Then, following her longing for the East, she traveled for five months touring Asia, visiting countries such as China (where she took a Tai Chi course in WudangShan, place where the discipline was born), Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and India.
She also traveled to Samoa, a South Pacific Island, where she lived for a few days with a native family in the subtropical jungle, sharing their daily rituals.
Melisa considers the experience of traveling as an opportunity to train herself in the art of flexibility, making the mind a more docile and light space. Traveling is a vital experience for her to become malleable, to unravel detrimental habits, to defy expectations and to learn to become available for the teachings that the Path offers from moment to moment.
"The movement of the journey is a living metaphor to signify how to travel to oneself in search of the deconstruction and the dismantling of prejudices that reinforce the illusion of separation, to deepen and savor the experience of unity and interdependence with all beings and the Earth. One can perceive the experience of traveling as a portal towards the expansion of the limits of one's own identity. The wondrous inner adventure includes the benefit of the reinforcement of positive emotions related to spiritual practice, such as philanthropy and the feeling of belonging to a vast and unreachable Totality of beings with the Same quest for happiness, beyond the apparent cultural, racial and ideological differences - Existential truth veiled by the culture of egocentrism in which modern man lives constrained."
Also, traveling means for Melisa an opening to the appreciation of Beauty as a Value, depth that she is encouraged to unfold through writing.
Hacer poesía del camino
Melisa writes poetry, essays and stories from the age of 6. From 2013 he writes articles of psychology and spirituality for the magazine Uno Mismo (Argentina).
"The word appears in my Path as an instrument for deconstruction of the self, for unraveling of drama, for elaborating internal processes and for the decantation of epiphanies revealed through internal practice. The word presents itself to me as a vehicle for the offering of Beauty as Value, the exaltation of Virtue and the protest against the insolence of afflictions and the damage they cause in the world."
The art of communicating
Melisa has felt a deep affinity with art since she was a child and has participated in various theater, dance and singing shows, including her participation in the Music Hall "Divas" directed by José Farías in the City of Rio Cuarto in 2013.
One of her aspirations is to be able to participate in projects of art in which the motivation is to communicate Virtue and to encourage the internal development like foundation and propeller of world-wide peace; in which the motivation is to benefit human beings by diffusing the Dharma through the alternative language of art.