As mindfulness becomes a household word, and its practice is increasingly taken up into pop psychology, medicine and psychotherapy, there is a growing interest among professionals and the public at large in the traditional systems of science, psychology, and healing which are its living source. This course puts the science and practice of mindfulness in the context of Buddhist psychology, and explains how it is most effectively understood and used, not just to "be in the moment" but to help our minds and brains embody the wisdom, awareness, and kindness that can make life freer, healthier, and happier, one moment, one day at a time.
Beyond the psychology of mindful insight and change, the Buddhist tradition developed less known compassion training techniques to help people living busy lives in the world thrive together with others in open-mindedness, warm heartedness, and altruistic engagement. Eventually these techniques were enhanced by embodied contemplative arts like role-modeling imagery, heroic narrative, disarming posture and breathing to expose and transform the normally unconscious depths of the human mind-brain, allowing people to embody the creative leadership powers of heroic vision and flow.
In this course, Dr. Loizzo surveys the whole healing landscape of these progressive contemplative methods, and unpacks the way they dovetail with current breakthroughs in neuroscience and are sparking a new breed of more and more effective contemplative psychotherapies.
About Your Teacher
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. is a contemplative psychotherapist, clinical researcher, and Buddhist scholar-teacher who integrates ancient contemplative science and technology with current breakthroughs in neuroscience and optimal health. After training in psychiatry at Harvard and completing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at Columbia, he founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a non-profit that helps people build sustainable happiness, compassion, and leadership through integrating science-based contemplative skills into their daily lives.
On faculty at the Weill Cornell Center for Integrative Medicine and the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies, Dr. Loizzo lectures widely on the role of meditative learning in the future of heath, education, and leadership, and teaches regular public classes and workshops at his Nalanda Institute, and Tibet House US. In 2007, he published Nagarjuna’s Reason Sixty with Chandrakirti’s Commentary, a translation study of contemplative self-analysis in Buddhism. His second book, Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration, appeared in the Routledge Behavioral Science Series in 2012. He has published dozens of chapters and articles on contemplative science in peer reviewed books and journals including The Journal of Religion, the Annual Review of Psychiatry, and the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Loizzo has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Gerardine, and their sons Maitreya and Ananda.