A Harvard-trained psychiatrist and a Columbia-trained Buddhist scholar, Loizzo has spent his career merging "the scientific and the spiritual," bringing ancient teachings on contemplative practice to modern Western psychotherapy and preventive medicine. We're realizing that's not sustainable for us either as a civilization or for our individual minds and brains. It's wearing and tearing us down just like it's wearing and tearing the planet down.
Loizzo spent years studying with Tibetan teachers in exile in India and in the West, and is convinced that the Tibetan Buddhist tradition -- which emphasizes training in mindful awareness and compassion -- has something to teach us all about how to live better lives. Here are four essential lessons from Tibetan Buddhism that can help in your own pursuit of happiness. We need two main things to become happy, according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition: mindful awareness and loving compassion. The theory goes that the combination of attention and loving-kindness -- both of which can be built through contemplative practices like meditation -- can help bring the brain into its most plastic, growth-oriented state and support the development of a greater state of consciousness, Loizzo says.
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Meditation -- "the quiet, humble work it takes on a daily basis," as Loizzo puts it -- is the cornerstone of the Tibetan contemplative science. Through a meditation practice, we can begin to overcome negative thoughts and habitual emotional response, and start to live from a more calm, centered place, he says. Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature," Sogyal Rinpoche advised in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying , a guide to meditation and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.
If you are feeling hard and cold, let this aggression melt away in the sunlight of your meditation. The research is now there to back up the benefits of this time-worn strategy for stabilizing emotions and boosting the brain's capacity for joy. Studies have shown meditation may be effective in reducing anxiety and depression , lowering stress levels , reducing loneliness and boosting emotional well-being. Most Eastern spiritual traditions involve some form of practice around compassion, or "loving-kindness.
In the Tibetan tradition, monks practice tonglen , which consists of breathing in suffering and breathing out happiness, so as to reduce pain and spread peace among all beings. New York: Penguin Random House; Sreenivasan S, Weinberger LE.
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