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Four-year Program: fall 2017

Stop Surviving and Start Thriving: The Foundations of Self-Healing and Contemplative Life

Course One in the Four-Year Program of Sustainable Happiness with Joe Loizzo

Mindfulness does not mean just being present in the here and now, but using presence of mind to stop the wheel of survival and start thriving in awareness, kindness, and freedom.This first class of the Nalanda Institute Four-Year Program in Sustainable Happiness covers the foundations of contemplative self-healing in the Buddhist tradition: the healing insights of Buddha’s four noble truths; the four applications of mindfulness practice; and the life-strategies of loving-kindness, right livelihood, and non-violent social activism. It unpacks these foundations in terms of current breakthroughs in the neuroscience of stress and trauma, as well as the revolutionary findings of neuroplasticity and the transformative brain effects of meditation. Weaving ancient wisdom and modern science together, it focuses on how to build a contemplative life in the world, comparing the Buddha’s eightfold path with the eight limbed path of yoga, as well as modern paths like psychotherapy, recovery, and creativity.

A day-long retreat is scheduled at the end of the course on November 4 which may be taken separately. Retreat details may be found here.


 

Instructor: Joe Loizzo

Schedule: Monday evenings from 7–9pm

Course Dates: September 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Location: Tibet House US, 22 West 15th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

Tuition: $25 per session or $135 for all six classes

Registration: Register here or pay at the door.

Study-at-Home: If you are unable to attend the class, our online learning option is available to give you access to all class recordings. We ask for a donation of $50 to $100 for each current semester-long course. You may make a study-at-home donation by following this link.

 

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