Saturday, January 6, 2024
10am – 4pm ET
Hybrid | $55 scholarship $75 or $108 sponsor Co-sponsored with Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science
Join us to start the journey of 2024 by gathering with friends and deepening our capacity to access and harness self-compassion—our foundational ability to be a caring presence in our own minds and lives. This hybrid in-person/online retreat at Tibet House US will be taught by Nalanda Institute’s Academic Director Joe Loizzo and Core Faculty Pilar Jennings, based on the Loving-Kindness Scripture (Karaniya- Metta-Sutta) and the contemporary practices of Mindful Self-Compassion and the RAIN of Self- Compassion. This ability is especially vital in times like these, when we face so much collective suffering all around us, activating the second arrow of traumatic reactivity that aggravates our present suffering and reinforces intergenerational cycles of misperception, fear and rage. We invite you to come together for a daylong retreat to get grounded in the transformative, healing science and art of fully understanding and caring for our own minds, hearts and bodies—the foundation of our capacity to stay open-hearted with others in the complex and troubled world we share. While the idea of self-compassion has become increasingly accepted in recent years, the psychological wisdom and healing arts of the Nalanda tradition allow us to take the basic practice of caring for ourselves to an even deeper and more transformative level. This retreat will focus on how the wisdom of selflessness and the practice of unconditional self-love can help us go beyond the basic self-soothing and self-care commonly associated with self- compassion to unlearn the core shame memories and beliefs that anchor our traumatic sense of self and world and to access our full capacity to embody wise compassion for ourselves and all beings.
Please join academic director Joe Loizzo, core faculty Pilar Jennings, the contemplative psychotherapy community and others for a day of deepening the self-healing capacity we need to metabolize trauma and plant seeds of awakening and transformation for ourselves and our world.
There will be a short break for lunch between sessions. All are welcome
In Person $55, In Person $75, In Person $108, Zoom $55, Zoom $75, Zoom $108
Title: Cultivating Self-Compassion | A Daylong Retreat With Joe Loizzo and Pilar Jennings
Joseph (Joe) Loizzo, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Columbia-trained Buddhist scholar with over forty years’ experience studying the beneficial effects of contemplative practices on healing, learning and development. He is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in Integrative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he researches and teaches contemplative self-healing and optimal health. He has taught the philosophy of science and religion, the scientific study of contemplative states, and the Indo-Tibetan mind and health sciences at Columbia University, where he is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies.
Pilar Jennings, PhD, is a psychoanalyst focused on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation who has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004. She was awarded her PhD in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary, a Masters in medical anthropology from Columbia University, and a Bachelors in interdisciplinary writing from Barnard College of Columbia University. Dr. Jennings is the author of Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism and To Heal a Wounded Heart: The Transformative Power of Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Action. Currently, she is a researcher at the Columbia University Center for Study of Science and Religion and Co-chair of the Columbia Faculty Seminar on the Memory and Savery, where she explores the intergenerational transmission of trauma.
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Tibet House US was founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who at the inauguration in 1987 stated his wish for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, whatever the political destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself.