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Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration 0th Edition

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"In a unique voice that is at once scholarly and eloquent, Joe Loizzo offers the reader a vast, integrated vision of wellbeing for the individual and society. Sustainable Happiness lifts our understanding of mindfulness in health care to a new level, describing in exquisite detail the innate brilliance and potential of the human mind. For those who have been wondering what Tibetan contemplative science and mind training is all about, this is the roadmap you’ve been waiting for."

—Christopher K. Germer, PhD, coeditor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

"On our way to sustainable development and global consciousness, our greatest challenge lies not outside us but within: in the shift we each must make from scarcity thinking and self-enclosure to optimism and altruism. In Sustainable Happiness, Joe Loizzo lays out a treasure chest of maps and tools for this sea-change, melding current neuroscience with the ancient contemplative science of India and Tibet into a clear path to sustainable living today."

—Jeffrey C. Walker, former chairman, Millennium Promise, and partner, Millennium Development Goals Health Alliance

"If we want real happiness in our stressful lives, we need the mindfulness to cultivate it and the loving-kindness to share it with everyone. Tibetan Buddhism is devoted to making everyday life a way to combine personal happiness with compassion and altruism. Joe Loizzo's Sustainable Happiness guides us through the rich Buddhism of Tibet, clarifying its many arts of compassion in light of both current science and living tradition."

—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

From the Author

Raised by an existential psychiatrist in the heyday of psychoanalysis, as a boy I saw firsthand the costs of cutting psychotherapy and medicine off from their roots in our ancient spiritual traditions. As I admired my dad's mission, I also watched him struggle with poor health, burnout, blocks to leadership and to nurturing and being nurtured by his family life. I vowed to reunite modern medicine and psychotherapy with our lost contemplative arts and sciences. Following Carl Jung, I entered the time-machine of Tibetan Buddhism, to find the world's most scientific system of contemplative living. As our research opens new horizons in evolutionary biology, brain science and positive health, we now trace the "diseases of civilization" to the panicked child and cornered animal in us all, writ large in our global crisis in economics, healthcare, terrorism and climate change. This book is the first to make the maps and tools of humanity's most rigorous and complete path of self-healing and interdependence, hidden for centuries in Tibet, accessible to help us on our journey towards wellbeing, altruism, inspiration and happiness.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (June 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415878160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415878166
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, 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 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 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. Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration, from Routledge Press is his latest book.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pilar L Jennings on July 16, 2012
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For anyone who has ever been curious about the method of Tibetan Buddhist practice, in Joe Loizzo's remarkable book Sustainable Happiness, they will find the only substantive, accessible and illuminating blueprint for Westerners that I know of. This book is a first of its kind - a readable curriculum written by a long-term Western practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. With patience and determination, Loizzo helps the reader understand the history and teachings of the contemplative mind/body science utilizing Tantric imagery and symbolism first developed at the University of Nalanda, a Buddhist monastic institute in North India. As an integrative psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Loizzo masterfully addresses the psychological impact of this practice, the ways in which it works with the full spectrum of our psycho-spiritual conditions, methodically ushering the practitioner to an experience of genuine wellness that is sustainable, even in the midst of external stressors or struggles.

For the reader who has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism, he/she will find answers to the endless questions that arise when we embark on any healing path that works. Having practiced this method for several decades, as I read Sustainable Happiness, I was simultaneously riveted and aware that if I had had access to such a book when I began this practice, I would have been helped in integrating what, at times, felt like a culturally-determined method steeped in an ancient and arcane time and place. Loizzo writes with tremendous clarity and insight, helping the reader understand the intimate relationship between our neurology, our psychological experience, and our need for spiritual methods that effectively address and work with both realms of our lived experience.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bob LaVelle on July 7, 2012
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Short attention spans, rage, and fear have been monetized by means of the internet, media, and the corporation. Behaviors that are manifested by our destructive emotions are commodities in the system we inhabit, particularly in the workplace, and are frequently rewarded and reinforced. Aggression, greed, and egocentric status are prized and promoted. To further complicate matters, the inherited, easily triggered, predatory facet of our nature, necessary for survival in bygone days, is often a liability in our crowded, interdependent world, where competition for finite resources is spiralling. The need for an effective technique to cultivate compassion and provide a sense of peace, balance, and contentment is greater than ever.

With great care and precision, Joe Loizzo presents a scholarly, detailed antidote to the dangerously complex, anxious age we occupy. Dr. Loizzo moves among the lights of literature, history, biology, mythology, philosophy and psychoanalysis with the ease, grace, and power of an Olympic figure skater. He makes the palliative riches of Tibetan Buddhism accessible and useful. Sustainable Happiness provides practical means for avoiding the pitfalls of the sometimes unhelpful biological proclivities and psychological hazards to which we are heir. Sustainable Happiness presents a salubrious alternative to the prevaling worldview within which happiness is often confused with the accumulation of influence, wealth, and accessories.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By annamarr on July 29, 2012
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An astonishingly lucid presentation of the dharma in light of contemporary mind science that lays out the entire ground, path and fruition of Buddhist practice. For the curious, the wonkish and the seeker after liberation. Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morgan Scott Phenix on March 24, 2015
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One of a kind text on mindfulness meditation and its place in transforming habitual competitive response. The reader may pick and choose what applies to his or her level or area of interest. This volume has it all. Morgan Phenix
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