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Cultivating Gratitude: A Daylong Retreat

buddha for gratitude retreat

With Pilar Jennings and Joe Loizzo

In-person attendees: please note Covid Precautions / Requirements below

buddha for gratitude retreat


What better way to start the journey of the new year on our best foot than to gather with friends to deepen our capacity to access and harness gratitude—nature’s strong force for good? We invite you to come together with our whole Nalanda Institute community for a daylong tetreat to get grounded in the generative art of cultivating gratitude.

As heirs to the compassionate wisdom and arts of the Nalanda tradition, we are truly fortunate to have living, breathing connections to one of humanity’s most accessible and effective methods of developing and harnessing the healing power of gratitude. This retreat will focus on the seven-step developmental method of cultivating the spirit of altruism (bodhicitta) based on gratitude, first taught by the fourth-century Nalanda idealist Asanga. This gentle method locates gratitude within the whole arc of positive human development, starting with the three fundamental emotional prerequisites to gratitude, and culminating in five further emotional steps that allow us to harness gratitude to cultivate real love, compassion, and awakened altruism.

There may be no better way to gradually develop positive social emotions like gratitude, love and compassion than this step-by-step art based on healing our most intimate relationships first, so we can go on to heal our larger relationship with others and the world.


The hybrid in-person/online retreat at Tibet House US will be taught by Academic Director Joe Loizzo and Core Faculty Pilar Jennings, based on the psychotherapeutic contemplative framework offered by the beloved Geluk teacher, Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyaltsan (1570–1662).

This freely-offered event is part of Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program (CPP). All are welcome to attend.

Important Covid Precautions / Requirements

In light of the rise of Covid in New York City, anyone planning to attend in person will either need to test negative on 2 rapid tests taken 24 – 48 hours in advance of the retreat or will need to wear a mask for the duration of the retreat. If you have any questions please email info@nalandainstitute.org.

Faculty: Pilar Jennings and Joe Loizzo

Schedule: Saturday, January 7th from 10:00am – 4:00pm ET

Tuition: Freely offered. Donations are gratefully accepted. (Donations can be made here)

Location: Tibet House US and Online via Zoom

Registration: Online attendees, please register to receive the Zoom link

January 7 from 10:00 am4:00 pm


January 7
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Hybrid: THUS and online via Zoom
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New York, NY 10011 United States

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