Tibet’s Time Machine and the Activism of Global Happiness, with Dr. Joe Loizzo
|February 29, 2012|
|7:00 pm||to||8:30 pm|
The Interdependence Project
Cosponsored by Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science
This evening talk introduces the futuristic science and contemplative activism of the Kalachakra Tantra some call the Time Machine, or Wheel of Time.While skills like mindfulness were developed for monastic living, a rare tradition based at Nalanda, the world’s first university, set out to develop and spread socially engaged arts and sciences meant to pacify and transform the militarized society of ancient India and the newly civilized world. The most modern, scientific form of this rare tradition, the Time Machine curriculum, was preserved for posterity in a time capsule: the mountain kingdom, hidden in Central Asia, called Shambhala (Shangrila, in the classic Lost Horizons). As the prophecy goes, the crown jewel of the kingdom, its system for teaching contemplative altruism in a world torn by stress, trauma, and violence, will help spark the dawn of a new global era of inner and outer peace for all humanity when the time is ripe. In this talk, Dr. Loizzo unpacks this tradition’s exceptional approach to nonviolent activism: the embodiment of heroic altruism, based on tapping the neural network and flow of bliss chemistry and harnessing it to transform our reactive body-minds into open networks of nonlocal happiness and community-building inspiration.
New York, NY 10012
Joseph 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 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.
Nalanda Institute is a nonprofit community working to build a sustainable future by infusing ancient contemplative science into contemporary culture and ways of life. They combine public teaching with private counseling and mentoring to help people learn all they need for their journey to contemplative living. For more information, please visit their website: http://www.nalandascience.org/
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