Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration


By Joe Loizzo.
Foreword by Robert A. F. Thurman, and Daniel J. Siegel.

Today’s greatest health challenges, the so-called diseases of civilization—depression, trauma, obesity, cancer—are now known in large part to reflect our inability to tame stress reflexes gone wild and to empower instead the peaceful, healing and sociable part of our nature that adapts us to civilized life.

The same can be said of the economic challenges posed by the stress-reactive cycles of boom and bust, driven by addictive greed and compulsive panic. As current research opens up new horizons of stress-cessation, empathic intelligence, peak performance, and shared happiness, it has also encountered Asian methods of self-healing and interdependence more effective and teachable than any known in the West.

Sustainable Happiness
is the first book to make Asia’s most rigorous and complete system of contemplative living, hidden for centuries in Tibet, accessible to help us all on our shared journey towards sustainable wellbeing, altruism, inspiration and happiness.

Table of Contents

Thurman, foreword. Siegel, foreword.

Introduction: Recent Breakthroughs, Timeless Methods.

Part I: Turning the Body Wheel. Deep Mindfulness and Self-Healing. Self-Analysis, Insight, and Freedom. The Lifelong Path of Contemplative Health.

Part II: Turning the Speech Wheel. Clearing the Mind for Social Engagement. De-Deifying and Dismantling the Reactive Self. Altruism and the Path of Engagement.

Part III: Turning the Mind Wheel. Role-Modeling Imagery and Self-Transformation. The Art and Science of Reconstructing Life. Living Altruism Through Impassioned Vision.

Part IV: Turning the Bliss Wheel. Sublimation: Tapping and Channeling Flow. Inspiration: Turning Bliss to Light. Uniting Pure Inspiration with Perfect Clarity.

Endnotes. Bibliography and References. Glossary of Technical Terms.

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. is a contemplative psychotherapist, stress researcher and meditation instructor who integrates Tibetan contemplative science with current breakthroughs in neuroscience and optimal health. After training in medicine and psychiatry at Harvard and completing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at Columbia, he founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a contemplative learning community that weaves 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 meditative learning in the future of healthcare, and teaches regular public classes and workshops at his Nalanda Institute, the New York Open Center and Tibet House US. He created the column, “The Science of Enlightenment” for Tricycle Magazine, and recently published “Nagarjuna’s Reason Sixty with Chandrakirti’s Commentary,” a translation study of contemplative self-healing in Buddhism. He is lead author of three articles in Longevity, Regeneration and Optimal Health, a special volume of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences published in 2009, based on a dialogue between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Western doctors. His latest book, “Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Wellbeing, Altruism and Inspiration,” will be forthcoming from Routledge Press in April 2012.

See the author’s essays in two books: “Longevity, Regeneration & Optimal Health: Eastern and Western Perspectives” (Bushell, W., Olivo, E. & Theise, N. Eds., New York: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2009) and “As Long as Space Endures: Essays on the Kalacakra Tantra in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama” (Arnold, E., Ed., Ithaca: Snow Lion Press, 2009).

Dr. Loizzo has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Gerardine, and their sons Maitreya and Ananda.

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