Sharon Salzberg – Metta Hour – Ep. 227 – Mental Health Series with Joe Loizzo

For episode 227 of the Metta Hour, we are continuing our Mental Health Series. In this series, Sharon sits down with different teachers, experts, and health advocates to explore and destigmatize mental health by applying the tools of Buddhist wisdom and spiritual practice.

For this fifth episode of the series, Sharon speaks with psychiatrist, clinical researcher, and meditation scholar-teacher, Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD. Joe is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Columbia-trained Buddhist scholar with over forty years’ experience studying the beneficial effects of contemplative practices on healing, learning and development. He is an Assistant professor at Weill-Cornell Medical College, the founder of the educational non-profit Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, and author of several books.

In this episode, Sharon and Joe discuss:
  • The conflict in the Middle East
  • How Joe came into the field of Mental Health
  • How the field has evolved thus far
  • How events of the world affect the personal
  • Should mental health care plans include service?
  • How stigma around treatment is evolving
  • Contributing factors to the Mental Health Crisis in the U.S.
  • The impetus for founding Nalanda Institute
  • The role Joe played in Sharon’s early teaching
  • Eastern vs Western approach to psychology
  • The compassionate approach to the human condition
  • Learning to work with our minds is not a luxury
  • Where psychedelics fit in
  • The future of Mental Health
The conversation closes with a guided meditation led by Joe. To learn more about Joe’s work or his different books, you can visit his website. If you would like to suggest a topic for this series, you can email with your questions and suggestions.
Mental Health Resources
Listen to more from Sharon Salzberg:
Jump into the first episode of the Real Life Series with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Tune into Ep. 1 of the Metta Hour to learn about The Buddha Within
Listen to Joseph Goldstein’s Meditative Story, Hosted By Rohan Gunatillake
Hear from Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg in Ep. 56 of Metta Hour