Contemplative trainings are emerging as vital interventions for the prevention and treatment of a wide range of conditions caused or exacerbated by the adverse effects of chronic stress and trauma, from mental conditions like anxiety, depression, addictions and PTSD to common disorders like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, IBS, autoimmune syndromes and chronic pain. This course explores the mind/body mechanisms and methods of stress-reduction, self-healing and optimal health based on a growing body of neuropsychological research and clinical application of contemplative techniques like mindfulness, compassion and embodied practices drawn from the traditional healthcare systems of Asia.
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. is a contemplative psychotherapist, clinical researcher, and Buddhist scholar-teacher who integrates ancient contemplative science and technology with current breakthroughs in neuroscience and optimal health. After training in psychiatry at Harvard and completing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at Columbia, he founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a non-profit that helps people build sustainable happiness, compassion, and leadership through integrating science-based contemplative skills into their daily lives.
On faculty at the Weill Cornell Center for Integrative Medicine and the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies, Dr. Loizzo lectures widely on the role of meditative learning in the future of heath, education, and leadership, and teaches regular public classes and workshops at his Nalanda Institute, and Tibet House US. In 2007, he published NagarjunaÕs Reason Sixty with ChandrakirtiÕs Commentary, a translation study of contemplative self-analysis in Buddhism. His second book, Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration, appeared in the Routledge Behavioral Science Series in 2012. He has published dozens of chapters and articles on contemplative science in peer reviewed books and journals including The Journal of Religion, the Annual Review of Psychiatry, and the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Loizzo has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Gerardine, and their sons Maitreya and Ananda.
Moustafa Abdelrahman, is a Registered Psychotherapist, a Meditation Teacher and an MBA and with over 18 years of corporate experience working with Fortune 100 companies worldwide. Abdelrahman is an advisory member and instructor of the histories and philosophies of mindfulness courses at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto, is core faculty for the Compassion-Based Resilience Training at the Nalanda Institute and has facilitated mindfulness workshops for a wide range of corporate and nonprofit organizations. He is the co-founder of Toronto's LGBTQ+ focused Mindfulness Meditation program at the 519 community center. Having lived in both Canada and the Middle East, he is familiar with the cultural complexities and has extensive experience providing diversity and inclusion training to various organizations.