The Third Wave of Contemplative Life: Embodied Art & Science of the Tantras (1.25CR)

What are the three waves of contemplative life and how do they relate to each other? What do the Buddhist Tantras teach us about our own embodiment? Join Dr. Joe Loizzo as he takes us on a profound educational journey into some of the history of Buddhist practice and some of the most exciting research around meditation. 

PREVIEW: "What are the 3 Buddhist Waves of Culture?"


  • the history of Buddhist practice in the West.
  • what are the three streams of Buddhist practice and how they relate to each other.
  • the latest research in meditation.
  • key Buddhist concepts, terms, and insights.
  • cutting edge scholarship on the Buddhist lineages.

"The Third Wave of Contemplative Life: Embodied Art & Sciecne of the Tantras"

In the midst of the mindfulness revolution and on the cusp of the new age of loving kindness, many who encounter the colorful imagery, prayerful chanting, and ritualized breath-work of the Hindu and Buddhist Tantras find themselves challenged. Given the rich symbolism and complexity of these practices, they often strike us as too busy for meditation, or too religious for today. In this discussion, contemplative psychiatrist and Nalanda Institute Director Dr. Joe Loizzo explores some of the recent breakthroughs in neuroscience that help explain how these practices work, and why they may become the most popular forms of meditation in our age. Dr. Loizzo will also share his clinical research on these methods, and link them to recent work on the mirror neuron empathy system and the vagal nerve social engagement system. And he will explore the evidence that positive imagery, soothing vocalization, and intensive breathing may have deeper, quicker, and more powerful effects on the brain than seemingly more "meditative" techniques. Finally, Dr. Loizzo will address how such practices might protect our minds and brains from the barrage of digital messages and multi-tasking demands we face today, and speed the global spread of empathy and prosocial engagement on which our future depends.

A Little about Dr. Joe Loizzo...

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. is a contemplative psychotherapist, clinical researcher, and Buddhist scholar-teacher who integrates ancient contemplative science and technology with current breakthroughs in neuroscience and optimal health. After training in psychiatry at Harvard and completing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at Columbia, he founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a non-profit that helps people build sustainable happiness, compassion, and leadership through integrating science-based contemplative skills into their daily lives.

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 heath, education, and leadership, and teaches regular public classes and workshops at his Nalanda Institute, and Tibet House US. In 2007, he published Nagarjuna’s Reason Sixty with Chandrakirti’s Commentary, a translation study of contemplative self-analysis in Buddhism. His second book, Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration, appeared in the Routledge Behavioral Science Series in 2012. He has published dozens of chapters and articles on contemplative science in peer reviewed books and journals including The Journal of Religion, the Annual Review of Psychiatry, and the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Loizzo has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Gerardine, and their sons Maitreya and Ananda.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.25 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.

The masterclass runs for about 75 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.


If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 


“The research of Joe and other Buddhist scholars is evolving our understanding of meditation and it's benefits.”   George

“Joe is a captivating teacher. I learned so much from this talk. His distinction between three waves of contemplative practice really clarified things for me." - Jenn

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John


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