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summer Retreat 2012

Sustainable Happiness in the Nalanda Tradition: A Weekend Retreat

An abiding sense of wellbeing and contentment is possible for everyone. Join the core faculty of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science for a Saturday afternoon, part 3 (Mary Reilly Nichols)weekend exploring the science and strategies towards optimal health and sustainable happiness.

Drawing upon the teachings preserved in the ancient Buddhist universities of India and monasteries of Tibet, the Nalanda Institute has updated ancient insights and techniques, making them accessible to our modern Western mindset and predilections. Using the language of contemporary psychotherapy and neuroscience, the retreat provides step-by-step strategies for profound human healing beginning with personal wellbeing, leading to altruistic engagement, and ending in transformative self-creation. Each phase addresses a developmental milestone in a healing continuum from overcoming our traumatic narrative and stress-reactive biology, to cultivating an empathic open-mindedness and pro-social neurobiology, and finally embracing a heroic self-image while harnessing euphoric neurochemistry.

Nalanda Director Joe Loizzo translated the full stages of this path from stress to bliss in his new book Sustainable Happiness: Mind Science of Well-being, Altruism, and Inspiration. This book serves as the template for Nalanda’s Four Year Program, and is offered as a public educational initiative for contemplative learning and living. This weekend is an occasion to sample key elements of the Program, which will begin a new cycle this Fall 2012 under the instruction of Drs. Neale and Loizzo.

Instructors: Dr. Joe Loizzo, Dr. Miles Neale and Mary Reilly Nichols

Date: Friday–Sunday, July 20 – 22

Schedule: Friday: 7–9pm; Saturday: 10am–6pm; Sunday; 10am–1pm

Location: Interdependence Project, 302 Bowery NY, NY 10012

Co-sponsored: with the Interdependence Project



Retreat Recordings

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Friday night, part 1 (Miles Neale)

Friday night, part 2 (Miles Neale)

Saturday morning, part 1 (Miles Neale)

Saturday morning, part 2 (Miles Neale)

Saturday morning, part 3 (Miles Neale)

Saturday afternoon, part 1 (Joe Loizzo)

Saturday afternoon, part 2 (Joe Loizzo)

Saturday afternoon, part 3 (Mary Reilly Nichols)

Saturday afternoon, part 4 (Joe Loizzo & Mary Reilly Nichols)

Sunday morning, part 1 (Joe Loizzo)

Sunday morning, part 2 (Joe Loizzo)

Sunday morning, part 3 (Joe Loizzo & Mary Reilly Nichols)

Sunday morning, part 4 (Joe Loizzo)