Compassion Training: Contemplative Practices for Social Impact – April 28-29, 2018, 10-4pm
with Dr. Miles Neale
This intensive workshop explores the Buddhist quantum theory of relativity known as emptiness-interdependence, its relationship with the most refined psychology of compassion on the planet, and the exceptional Tibetan mind-training (lojong) and giving-and-taking (tonglen) techniques used to prepare and empower altruists for effective engagement with a suffering world. Participants will learn:
- The neuroscience of attachment and bonding, compassion fatigue and social stress resilience.
- The Buddhist theory of relativity (emptiness-interdependence) and how this provides the most powerful medicine for distorted perception considered to be the root of all human afflictions.
- Four types of compassion and how to cultivate realistic or wise compassion.
- The powerful methods of mind-training (lojong) and giving-and-taking (tonglen) that help altruistic care-givers and first responders protect mind and brain when interacting on the front lines of adversity.
- How to integrate mind training theory and techniques into clinical supervision to help health-care providers avoid compassion fatigue and create stress resilience.
Visualization Training: Contemplative Accelerated Virtual Therapy – July 28-29, 2018, 10-4pm
Dr. Miles Neale
This intensive workshop explores the science and advanced yogic techniques associated with the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Considered an organic flight-simulator or virtual reality therapy, explore Tibet’s multi-dimensional training integrating role-modeling imagery, breath-work (pranayama) and affirmation (mantras) to tap positive states of arousal for accelerated human development. Participants will learn:
- Tibet’s “power-tools” a multidimensional cross-training program that integrates mentoring relationships, role-modeling imagery, affirmations, breath-work, and postures to accelerate transformation of mind and brain.
- The Tibetan psychology of role-modeling visualization and how it relates to conventional theories of attachment and interpersonal neurobiology.
- Converging the stages of Joseph Campbell’s’ Hero’s Journey with the Tibetan science of converting death, rebirth and life into a seamless roadmap of mindful living.
- How to use these power tools to enhance your ability to inspire wellbeing, compassion and leadership in your respective fields.
Two Maps, One Terrain: Yogic Science Meets Neuroscience for Mind/Body Integration – November 17-18, 2018, 10-4pm
with Dr. Joseph Loizzo
This intensive workshop explores the cutting edge convergence between current neuroscience and the Tibetan yogic science of the subtle body (chakra system) to help resolve trauma and achieve greater mind-body-brain integration. Participants will learn:
- The main features of the Tibetan yogic science of the subtle body including its primary channels, winds and drops.
- A simple version of breath-work called vase breathing combined with visualization, postures and affirmation used to manipulate the autonomic nervous system for optimal wellbeing and resilience.
- The relationship between the ancient Tibetan map of the subtle body and current neuroscience including recent research on Polyvegal theory.
- Implications of subtle energy work and positive affect for clinical practice in resolving trauma, optimizing health and creating brain integration.
Dr. Miles Neale
Dr. Miles Neale is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice, Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College and contributing expert on mindfulness meditation for the BBC World Service. Dr. Neale’s approach to personal healing and transformation is informed by contemplative neuroscience, an eclectic hybrid of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist psychology and meditative arts, depth psychotherapy and the current neuroscience of trauma resilience. Miles co-directs Nalanda Institute’s Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy for health-care professionals, offered in New York City, Toronto and Barcelona. Additionally, Dr. Neale is Instructor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College where he conducts meditation research and trains a new generation of medical students in integrative methods of self-healing. Miles is currently writing his first book on working with karma and trauma in Buddhist psychotherapy and is honored to share the hero’s journey of becoming fully human.
Dr. Joe Loizzo
Joseph (Joe) Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D., is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Columbia-trained Buddhist scholar with over thirty years’ experience studying the beneficial effects of meditation on healing and learning. He is is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in Integrative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he researches and teaches mind/body health. He has taught science and religion, the scientific study of religious experience, and the Indo-Tibetan mind sciences at Columbia University, where he currently is adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion at the Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies.