Episode 131 :: Joe Loizzo :: Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration

| August 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Dr. Joe Loizzo

Dr. Joe Loizzo of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science speaks with us about his new book Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration

One of the things we struggle with is this notion of the scientific validation for contemplative practice. We do see studies that have interesting and sometimes compelling, if not conclusive, results to show that meditation may have greater benefits that just relaxation. And our application of modern scientific methods is very early in the development of ways to consistently measure subjective experience. Because it’s all not firmly nailed down in exacting detail, however, doesn’t mean we should immediately stop our practice. Studies can confirm a biological validity to what we’re experiencing, and brain scans can indicate wonderful new avenues for therapeutic applications previously unconsidered. And we can still keep practicing, as has been done for thousands of years, while we learn more about what’s going on in our minds.

Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, is a psychotherapist and founder of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a contemplative learning community that teaches timeless tools of self-healing and interdependence for today’s complex world. 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 contemplative science in the future of health, education and contemporary life, and teaches regular public classes and workshops through Nalanda Institute and Tibet House US.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Guranse Estate organic tea.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. The track used in this episode is “Hon Shirabe” from his CD, Traditional and Modern Pieces: Shakuhachi.

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Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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