Biography

“The single most important factor in determining the quality of our experience—either misery or happiness—is the mind. Therefore, the single most important investment of our time and energy in this life is the cultivation of the mind towards awakening.” - Dr. Miles Neale

Dr. Miles Neale is among the leading voices of the current generation of Buddhist teachers and a forerunner in the emerging field of contemplative psychotherapy. He is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice, Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College and contributing expert on mindfulness meditation for the BBC World Service. Dr. Neale’s approach to personal healing and transformation is informed by contemplative neuroscience, an integration of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist psychology and meditative arts, depth psychotherapy and current neuroscience. His free podcasts and YouTube videos have reached thousands, expressing ancient Buddhist principals and practices in a modern, accessible and impassioned way.

About His Journey

Dr. Miles Neale is of mixed British and Levantine heritage, born in Singapore, raised in Hong Kong and Turkey, and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Searching for an alternative to consumerist culture and looking to heal psychological wounds, he discovered the Buddhist path to awakening when he was twenty years old while living in a monastery in India.

Transformed by what he learned and wanting to share this knowledge with others, Miles embarked on a course of professional training that included study at the mind/body institutes at Harvard, Columbia, and Cornell while earning a Master’s degree in meditation research from New York University’s Gallatin Program and a Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the California Institute for Integral Studies.

To complement his Western expertise, Dr. Neale also spent twenty years studying in the tradition of the Dalai Lamas under the guidance of some of the most respected American Buddhist scholars and Tibetan meditation masters of the twenty-first century. For more on Dr. Neale’s lineage and Buddhist training, please see his Inspiration page.

Dr. Neale maintains a private Buddhist psychotherapy practice in New York City where he sees meditators, yogis and those interested in wellbeing and spiritual development without spiritual bypassing. He also teaches internationally on programs inspired by Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and meditation as well as co-directs Nalanda Institute’s revolutionary Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy for health-care professionals, offered in New York City, San Francisco, Toronto and Barcelona. Additionally, Dr. Neale is Instructor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College where he conducts cutting-edge meditation research and trains a new generation of medical students in integrative methods of self-healing.

Dr. Neale is coeditor and contributor to the groundbreaking book ‘Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy’ (Routledge, 2017) presenting Nalanda Institute’s vision and methodology on the subject and featuring essays by pioneers and leading experts in the field. You can also find a comprehensive CD set of ‘Guided Meditation with Dr. Miles Neale’ on Amazon and iTunes showcasing the diverse array of Indo-Tibetan meditation techniques including mindfulness mediation, compassion practice, wisdom contemplations and role-modeling visualization. Dr. Neale is honored to share the hero’s journey of becoming fully human.