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Happiness Festival Part 2
November 22 & 23
Happiness Festival Part 1
January 11 & 12, 2013

A Nalanda Institute event
at Tibet House US
New York City

Joe Loizzo

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.
Founder & Director

Miles Neale

Miles Neale, PsyD., L.M.H.C.
Assistant Director

Emily Wolf

Emily Wolf, MS.ed., Ph.D.

Shaun Nanavati

Shaun Nanavati, Ph.D. (cand)

Mary Reilly Nichols

Mary Reilly Nichols, B.A.

Pilar Jennings

Pilar Jennings, Ph.D.


Bios for all of our
faculty can be found
on our website

The Nalanda Happiness Festival

Please note: Part 2 of the Happiness Festival has been rescheduled! Please join us November 22nd and 23rd.

In a holiday atmosphere of music and light refreshments, the Happiness Festival is meant to offer an opportunity for the whole Nalanda community to gather to celebrate the changing seasons, and to join with some of our gifted faculty members in a heart-and-mind-warming dialogue on themes that are central to our mission and programs.

As a seasonal rite for our global age, the Happiness Festival also aims to yoke our collective consciousness to the historic rite of passage we and all our human kin must make: from regional cultures of conflict and survival to a global culture of compassion and sustainable happiness. Bringing together some of our star faculty to share their experience and vision, the Happiness Festival highlights the pivotal role contemplative practice can play in helping us all make the shift to more sustainable ways of living and being.

Come ready to enjoy a timely occasion for communal reflection, mingling and sharing, and to feast on flashes of insight, light refreshments and music!

Happiness Festival Part 2
The Psychology of Sustainable Happiness:
Psychotherapy and Buddhism

Friday Evening Keynote

Our Brains Make Us Natural Buddhas:
Buddhist Contemplative Science Meets Modern Neuropsychology

7–9PM, November 22, 2013
Speaker: Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

As current brain science revolutionizes our views of mind and its care, it is coming into startling alignment with the ancient contemplative models and methods of Buddhist psychology. This talk touches on three breakthroughs that show modern neuropsychology converging with the Nalanda mind science preserved in Tibet. Research on the distinctively human prefrontal cortex, the emotional limbic cortex, and the "smart vagal nerve" we share with all mammals has revealed that we have a Buddha-like natural potential to unlearn stress-reactive conditioning and cultivate exceptional levels of mind-brain integration and positive social engagement. Dr. Loizzo closes by sharing his vision for the science of happiness, in which time-tested contemplative models and methods help us leverage the new brain science and develop more powerful and effective approaches to psychotherapy and health education.

• Location: Tibet House US, 22 West 15th Street, New York, NY
• $25. Please follow this link to register

Saturday Retreat

The Psychology of Sustainable Happiness

10AM–5PM, November 23, 2013
Instructors: Drs. Miles Neale, Pilar Jennings, and Shaun Nanavati

After the Freudian era, the Prozac era, and the era of cognitive therapy, the last few decades may fairly be called the era of mindfulness-based psychotherapy. This retreat will explore some of the most cutting-edge thinking and methods in contemporary neuropsychology, offering a glimpse into the future through the eyes of three distinguished Nalanda faculty. Dr. Neale will explore how deep mindfulness helps exercise the prefrontal cortex and develop higher levels of mind/brain integration and self-world attunement. Dr. Jennings will review the role of early relationships in our capacity to connect, and show how arts like mind-clearing and giving-and-taking can enhance our capacity for intimacy or inter-being. Dr. Nanavati will survey current studies on learning enrichment, social engagement and vagal tone and link them to the contemplative arts of mentor-bonding and role-modeling imagery. The retreat will weave together talks and discussion with guided practice of three contemplative methods.

• Location: Tibet House US, 22 West 15th Street, New York, NY
• $80. Please follow this link to register.


Happiness Festival Part 1
The Yoga of Sustainable Happiness: The Meeting of Yoga and Buddhism

(Part 1 took place January 11th and 12th of 2013)

Friday Evening Keynote

How We Can Avoid the Earth's Civilizational Cliff:
The Global Renaissance of India's Contemplative Arts & Sciences

7–9PM, January 11, 2013
Speaker: Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

Though all cultures have contemplatives, India lead the world in teaching contemplative practices to all. The explosion of interest in Indian yoga and meditation has been fueled by evidence that they help us adapt our archaic instincts and habits to the challenges of global living and interdependence. Reviewing the new contemplative science, this talk unpacks two key ingredients of that explosion: India's knack for making spiritual healing a life science compatible with many worldviews and lifestyles; and its art of teaching contemplative practice in step-by-step ways for people in all walks of life. Dr. Loizzo shares his own take on Tibet's hopeful Time-Machine vision that science and spirituality will come together to help us all on our journey to sustainable happiness and global civilization.

• Location: Tibet House US, 22 West 15th Street, New York, NY

Saturday Retreat

The Yoga of Sustainable Happiness:
Mindfulness, Compassion and Bliss Through Yoga and Buddhism

10AM–5PM, January 12, 2013
Instructors: Dr. Miles Neale, Dr. Emily Wolf and Mary Reilly Nichols

As the Indic mind science traditions of Buddhism and Hatha Yoga have come into dialogue with modern psychology and brain science, we've begun to learn how they facilitate profound healing and transformation. This retreat will explore the science and practical application of three Indic approaches to mind-body health. Dr. Neale will explore how deep mindfulness and yoga postures promote self-healing and personal transformation. Dr. Wolf will show how mind-clearing works as a crucible for social healing and altruistic engagement. And Mary Reilly Nichols will reveal how the tapping the subtle yogic nervous system through breath-work and chanting helps us learn the highest levels of blissful altruism modeled by living masters. The retreat will weave together talks and discussion with guided practice of a range of yoga practices and meditation techniques.

• Location: Tibet House US, 22 West 15th Street, New York, NY

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