Mission / History

Our vision

We see an interdependent world where all people flourish together by learning to tame self-defeating thoughts and emotions and to thrive sustainably with others in mutual happiness, compassion, and altruism.

Our mission

We train people from all walks of life in timeless contemplative skills informed by practical neuropsychology to empower themselves and others to cultivate a wise mind, compassionate heart, and altruistic way of being in our interdependent world.

Then and now

The Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science is an educational non-profit inspired by the world’s first university, Nalanda University, founded in India in the fifth century to advance the Buddha’s mission to end suffering by offering public education in the health and mind sciences. Nalanda University’s scientific tradition was preserved in the colleges and medical schools of Tibet as the world’s oldest system of integrative medicine and positive psychology.

The Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science has evolved this rich legacy into a rigorous, scientific approach to self-knowledge modernized for the Western world through training in timeless contemplative skills informed by today’s practical neuropsychology.

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The Nalanda Institute was originally founded in 1998 by Dr. Joe Loizzo as the Center for Meditation and Healing at Columbia University’s Presbyterian Hospital, the first mind/body center in the West to offer programs in stress-reduction, self-healing and lifestyle change integrating compassion practice, role-modeling imagery, and advanced breath-control skills with basic mindfulness and yoga. In 2003, Dr. Loizzo combined the Center for Meditation and Healing with the Center for Integrative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City to expand its research and training programs.

In 2005, he officially opened the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science with his partner Geri Loizzo, and colleagues Drs. Miles Neale and Emily Wolf, as a global training ground where modern science, timeless contemplation, personal healing and global altruism could be woven together and taught to people from all walks of life in a seamless whole.

Today, the Nalanda Institute offers in-person training programs in New York City, San Francisco, Toronto, Barcelona, and Mexico City, along with a growing global, virtual network of students and practitioners trained by our world-renown faculty members, including Dan Siegel, Bob Thurman, Tara Brach, Rick Hanson, Sharon Salzberg, Chris Germer, Koncha Pinós-Pey, Paul Fulton, Jeff Rubin, Pilar Jennings, Diana Fosha and Mariana Caplan.

A descendent of humanity’s most robust and continuous contemplative science tradition, the Nalanda Institute is an open mandala evolving every day along with its community of people from all walks of life, from all over the world, who seek a wiser mind, warmer heart, and more altruistic way of being in our interdependent world.

The Nalanda legacy

The Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science was inspired by the Monastic University of Nalanda, the world’s first university and the first institution of higher learning to offer public education in the health and mind sciences.

Founded in the fifth century to advance the Buddha’s mission to end suffering, Nalanda University spread the civilizing arts and sciences of ancient India throughout the world.

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With its curriculum set by the great physician-philosopher Nagarjuna, Nalanda quickly grew to include seven colleges, an infirmary, an observatory, three libraries, numerous chapels and shrines and its own farms, accommodating up to ten thousand students, faculty and staff. Its scientific tradition was preserved in the colleges and medical schools of Tibet, a time-capsule for the world’s oldest systems of integrative medicine and positive psychology.

Transplanted back into India after the 1959 Chinese invasion, this rich legacy has been seeding Western psychology and healthcare for years and has taken root in the New World at Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.

Read an excerpt from the Invocation by HH the Dalai Lama

Our founder and director

Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Columbia-trained Buddhist scholar with over forty years’ experience studying and teaching the beneficial effects of contemplative practices on healing, learning and development. Continue reading Joe’s biography…

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets Nalanda Institute Founder & Director Joe Loizzo.

The seal used in the ancient Nalanda University.