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Happiness and Sustainability

The launch of Joe Loizzo's book "Sustainable Happiness: Mind Science of Well-being, Altruism, and Inspiration"

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
8:00 PM–9:30 PM

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 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.
In 1998, Dr. Loizzo opened the Center for Meditation and Healing at Columbia University’s Presbyterian Hospital, the first mind/body center in the U.S. to offer programs in stress-reduction, self-healing and lifestyle change based on the Tibetan health and mind sciences.
In 2003, the Center for Meditation and Healing joined the Center for Integrative Medicine at Weill Cornell College of Medicine, to better test and refine the effectiveness of its programs. Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science opened in 2005 to make these programs available to the public at large.
Dr. Loizzo’s meditation research has taken him from the Harvard Mind/Body Medical Institute and Harvard’s Cambridge Hospital west to the Psychiatry Training Program at Napa, California and as far east as Drebung Monastic University in Mundgod, India. Now at the Weill Cornell Center for Integrative Medicine, he has just completed his second of two pilot studies funded by the Avon Foundation on the impact of Tibetan visualization and contemplative skills on the lives of women with breast cancer and other gynecologic cancers. The results of the first study were recently published in the May 2010 issue of Alternative Therapies.
Bart van Melikhad been practicing meditation intensively for seven years in The Netherlands, his country of origin. There he developed and ran educational programs with youth, refugees and immigrants. In 2008 he came to live in New York City. Through one of his teachers, Joseph Goldstein, he was introduced to the Lineage Project. Working first as a volunteer teacher he was hired in 2010 both as a teacher and as Volunteer Coordinator, a new position created to support volunteers at Lineage. Bart holds a MA in Psychology of Culture and Religion from the Nijmegen University in The Netherlands. He is amazed and deeply inspired by the wisdom and compassion of the youth he teaches.