Embodying the Inconceivable Liberation: The Non-Dual Wisdom and Art of Growing Altruistic Community

March 31 - April 02, 2023

Robert A.F. Thurman

Joseph (Joe) Loizzo , M.D., Ph.D.

Pilar Jennings, Ph.D

The profound and magnificent teachings of self-transcendent wisdom and compassion are the jewel at the heart of the Nalanda tradition preserved in Tibet. Powerful methods for transcending our default self-enclosure and becoming awakened altruists (bodhisattvas) are no longer luxuries in a world whose future increasingly depends on the cultivation of universal empathy and responsibility for all humanity, all life, and the earth we share.While the lion’s share of Nalanda teachings focus on altruistic individuals, this weekend retreat will explore the often neglected yet equally vital collective dimension of the bodhisattva path. We will unpack the fundamental wisdom and practice that links the growth of awakened altruists to the socially transformative art of co-creating a community of altruists who work together towards the collective awakening and liberation of whole societies and entire worlds.This three-day retreat will explore the visionary wisdom and art of transforming our ordinary alienated world into a Buddhaverse—a society and world that liberates the strong force of collective altruism—based on two hidden gems of the Nalanda tradition: Nagarjuna’s Jewel Rosary and the beloved Mahayana scripture, The Holy Teachings of Vimalakirti.This retreat will be co-taught by long-time friends and colleagues, renowned Buddhologist Robert Thurman, contemplative psychiatrist and Buddhist scholar Joe Loizzo, and Buddhist psychoanalyst and author Pilar Jennings. Join us for a life-changing journey into the timeless vision and engaged social practice the Nalanda tradition offers for the individual and collective liberation of all life on planet earth!
ScheduleFriday, March 31
  • 3-6 pm Arrival and Check-in
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm Welcome Program
Saturday, April 1
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:30 am Morning Program
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Free Time for Relaxation and Spa
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 - 3 pm Free Time for Relaxation and Spa
  • 3 - 5:30 pm Afternoon Program
  • 6- 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9:30 pm Evening Program
Sunday, April 2
  • 7 - 11 am Check-out of Rooms
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:30 am Closing Program
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Free Time for Relaxation and Spa
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Departure
*Please note that schedule is subject to change.


Robert A.F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa. A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhis...

Joseph (Joe) Loizzo , M.D., Ph.D.

Joseph (Joe) Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist, clinical researcher and meditation scholar-teacher who integrates neuroscience with contemplative practice to help people cultivate personal well-being, interpersonal compassion, and transformational leadership. Assistant Profes...

Pilar Jennings, Ph.D

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 Semi...



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