The Emptiness Cure: Transmuting Fear, Hate and Shame into Wide Open Love

Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

Seminar and Retreat

The Emptiness Cure: Transmuting Fear, Hate and Shame into Wide Open Love

A Seminar for Sustainable Happiness Graduates and Other Wisdom Seekers
With Dr. Joe Loizzo

Emptiness (Sanskrit shunyata), the most distinctive of all Buddhist teachings, is also widely considered the clearest expression of the profound healing wisdom of the Buddha’s Nirvana. In this Nalanda Institute seminar for Sustainable Happiness graduates and other wisdom seekers, Dr. Loizzo walks you through his lifelong journey grappling with the slippery idea, acquired taste, and awesome reality of emptiness, bringing the theory down to earth with perspectives from the Nalanda tradition and from modern psychology.

The seminar explores the Buddha’s freeing insight—that living and non-living things are all “empty of self”—following Nalanda master Nagarjuna’s formulation of it as “the cure for all views.” It links this insight to the modern deconstructive methods of linguistic philosophy, neuropsychology and psychotherapy, which all help free our native brilliance from the blinders of self-limiting worldviews, identities, and instincts, and hence from the toxic fear, hate, and shame they maintain.

Together we unpack the relevance of emptiness to life in our interdependent age, especially its rare ability to dissolve traumatic habits that lock us into the cells of personal and cultural narcissism, and its power to unleash our full human genius for unbiased empathy and unconditional love. Finally we put our healing insight into practice through shared reflection and meditation, focusing on the deconstructive and reconstructive modes of contemplating emptiness, common to both the exoteric path of non-dual wisdom and the esoteric path of bliss-void intuition.


Seminar Details

Schedule: Monday evenings — April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 7–9pm
Location: Tibet House. 22 W 15th Street, NYC
Tuition: $125 for all 5 classes

Note/requirements: The seminar and retreat are intended to be taken together. Participants must register for the five-session seminar and separately for the Saturday retreat (see below).

Prerequisites: This seminar and retreat is ideal for graduates of Nalanda Institute’s Sustainable Happiness Program, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, Meditation Teacher Training or other comparable courses/programs. Those who are not graduates, but have similar grounding, please contact Dr. Loizzo for permission to attend.



Retreat

The Non-Dual Practice of Emptiness: Dissolving Narcissism and Embodying Compassion

A Daylong Retreat with Dr. Joe Loizzo and Geri Loizzo

This day long retreat eases participants into the practice of emptiness meditation, starting with the preliminaries of refuge and self-other compassion, moving on to the most common frameworks for guiding self-analysis, then exploring the deconstructive and reconstructive modes of wisdom which work together to catalyze mind/body self-transformation. The morning session explores the practice of emptiness on the exoteric path of non-dual compassion; the afternoon session explores emptiness practice on the esoteric path of bliss-void embodiment. Throughout the day, the instructors share their personal experience of living the path of non-dual openness and embodied warm-heartedness. Together participants explore the timely relevance of this profound practice for adapting the narcissistic culture of our age to the pressing challenges of rising interdependence and inclusiveness.

 


Retreat Details

Schedule: Saturday, May 11th from 1–6pm
Location: Balance Arts Center. 151 W 30th Street, NYC
Tuition: $75

Note/requirements: The seminar and retreat are intended to be taken together. Participants must register for the five-session seminar and separately for the Saturday retreat. For anyone wishing to take only the retreat, permission of the instructor is required.

Prerequisites: This seminar and retreat is ideal for graduates of Nalanda Institute’s Sustainable Happiness Program, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, Meditation Teacher Training or other comparable courses/programs. Those who are not graduates, but have similar grounding, please contact Dr. Loizzo for permission to attend.



Meet our faculty

Joe Loizzo

Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-trained contemplative psychotherapist, Buddhist scholar, and author with over four decades’ experience integrating Indo-Tibetan mind science and healing arts into modern neuropsychology, psychotherapy, and clinical research. He is founder and director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, and a clinician in private practice in Manhattan.

Joe is the author of numerous scholarly review articles on contemplative neuropsychiatry and psychotherapy. His translation study, Nagarjuna’s Reason Sixty with Candrakirti’s Commentary, was one of the inaugural volumes in the American Institute of Buddhist Studies Translation Series distributed by the Columbia University Press. His comprehensive textbook, Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science Of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration was published by Routledge in 2012. He is executive editor of Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy: Accelerating Healing and Transformation, a groundbreaking collection of essays by pioneers of the fast-emerging and highly promising new field of contemplative psychotherapy (Routledge, 2017).

Geri Loizzo

Geri Loizzo is Nalanda Institute’s Director of Programming and Director of the Mindful Families & Schools Program. She is also a meditation faculty member and has served on the Institute’s board of directors since 2007. She’s had a regular practice of Hatha Yoga since 1982 and since 2006 has studied with Nalanda Institute Yoga Faculty, Mary Reilly Nichols. In addition, Loizzo has been studying and practicing Tibetan meditation since 1999, and has been leading weekly morning meditations at the Institute since 2011. Her mentors include Khyabje Gelek Rimpoche, Venerable Robina Courtin, and Kathleen McDonald.


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