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Miles Neale, Psy.D., L.M.H.C., is a licensed psychotherapist, meditation teacher and expert on the clinical applications of contemplative arts and sciences. Dr. Neale is Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, where he develops and teaches public courses inspired by the Indo-Tibetan tradition as well as collaborates on state-of-the-art clinical research of meditation. He is an instructor of mind/body medicine for the Avon Program for Meditation and Healing at the Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine of Weill Cornell College of Medicine.

Dr. Neale is of mixed British and Turkish heritage, born in Singapore, raised in Hong Kong, and has travelled extensively throughout the world. Driven by a yearning to know the purpose of life, to heal psychological wounds, and to cope with dissatisfaction of consumerist culture at age 20, Dr. Neale sought refuge in a Burmese monastery in Bodh Gaya, India under the auspices of the Antioch Buddhist Studies Program. His initial exposure to Buddhist philosophy in 1996 was profoundly transformative, shaping the future trajectory of his personal life and professional career. He subsequently pursued cultural immersion and intensive study in traditional monastic settings in Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal.

In 1998, Dr. Neale began applying his meditative findings to clinical populations under the direction of Dr. Herbert Benson at Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute. That year he completed an independent major in East/West comparative psychology, graduated summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa as a Wheaton Scholar from Wheaton College. In 2001, he completed Master’s research on the clinical applications of mindfulness meditation at New York University's Gallatin Program for Individualized Study. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology in 2006 from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Dr. Neale completed his psychology predoctoral internship and postdoctoral psychoanalytic training at the Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling and soon thereafter was licensed to practice psychotherapy in the state of New York.

Dr. Neale’s meditative training derives from a succession of close student teacher relationships in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, which preserves the lineage of the original Nalanda tradition. Since 1998, he studied closely under his primary mentor Joseph Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. Since 1999, he studied with Robert Thurman Ph.D., Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at Columbia University and President of Tibet House US. Dr. Neale has also received essential teachings and instructions from several great Tibetan masters including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kyabje Gelek Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

In addition to his private psychotherapy practice and position at Nalanda, Dr. Neale regularly offers lectures and workshops through his affiliates in the New York metropolitan area as well as leads retreats to sacred sites around the world. He has taught meditation programs at prestigious university hospitals including Harvard Medical School, Columbia Presbyterian, Cornell Medical College, Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center, and the California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Neale consults on the design of contemplative programs for domestic and international organizations, wellness clinics, institutions of higher learning and private businesses.

Dr. Neale lives in New York City with his wife. In his personal time, he enjoys a daily ashtanga yoga practice and playing with his two bulldogs.