Itinerary

Upcoming/Current Events

Join B. Alan Wallace at Illuminating the Mind, a ten-week course from the Mind and Life Institute and Wisdom Publications.

Oct272022
Dec152022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

B. Alan Wallace will guide week two of this ten-week inquiry into the nature of mind that has been going on between leading scientists, philosophers, contemplatives, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama for over thirty-five years. The course features a curated selection of conversations from past Mind & Life Dialogues that explore our evolving understanding of three aspects of mind: attention, perception, and self.

Refining Attention Skills with Dr. B. Alan Wallace in person November 26-27 2022 in Dunedin, New Zealand

Nov262022
Nov272022
All-day event
Location: Knox College, 3 Arden St, North East Valley, Dunedin, New Zealand

Dr Wallace is widely regarded as one of the West’s preeminent meditation teachers and retreat guides. He is also a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms. Dr Wallace has been a frequent translator and contributor to meetings between the Dalai Lama and prominent scientists, and he has written and translated more than 40 books.

During this retreat, Dr Wallace will provide guidance on how to develop shamatha (“serene presence of mind”) to cultivate an inner sense of ease, stillness, and clarity of attention. These qualities are the indispensable foundation for all meditative practices and are a direct route to genuine well-being.

The cultivation of such attentional balance and clarity has been found to enhance performance and creativity, reduce stress, support mental health, and lead to personal transformation in everyday life. Such attention skills are also central to the development of a focused mind and an open heart.

Sponsored by The Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa

This is an in-person event, but we do hope to have a recording available at some point.
To receive current event information about Dr Alan Wallace’s retreats and talks, please join the mailing list at SBI.

Lama Tsongkhapa and the Great Perfection with Dr. B. Alan Wallace and Eva Natanya in person November 30 and December 1, in Nelson, New Zealand

Nov302022
Dec12022
All-day event
Location: Fairfield House, 48 Van Diemen Street, Nelson, New Zealand

Views of Emptiness, Dependent Origination, and the Indwelling Mind of Clear Light

Lama Alan Wallace and Eva Natanya will explore the profound unity and distinct qualities of the paths of the Great Perfection as explained within the Nyingma school and in Highest Yoga Tantra as explained by Lama Tsongkhapa.

Through listening and guided meditations, participants will come to understand the deeper compatibility between Geluk and Nyingma approaches to the Middle Way view, despite apparent differences, and discover how to make the ground of reality manifest within their own experience.

Sponsored by The Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa

This is an in-person event, but we do hope to have a recording available at some point.
To receive current event information about Dr Alan Wallace’s retreats and talks, please join the mailing list at SBI.

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times: A Meditation Retreat with B. Alan Wallace December 5-9, 2022 Sydney, Australia

Dec52022
Dec92022
All-day event
Location: at Balmain Town Hall, Sydney, Australia

Join World-Renowned teacher Alan Wallace for a five day meditation retreat focusing on the teachings of Atiśa Dīpaṃkaraśrījñāna (982-1055), one of the greatest masters of Indian Buddhism. This will be Alan Wallace’s only Australian retreat in 2022.

During this five-day retreat, we shall focus on some of the core teachings of Atiśa Dīpaṃkaraśrījñāna (982-1055), one of the greatest masters of Indian Buddhism. These have become the source of spiritual practice within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. They provide ‘pith’ instructions that go straight to the heart of our modern concerns – how to face suffering, develop satisfaction and serenity, have compassion for others and reduce the self centered concerns that are the cause of so many of our problems.

The retreat is structured with a balance of meditation instruction, meditation practice, lectures and discussion sessions. Alan Wallace will draw on two short texts (newly translated by him) that take the form of dialogues between Atiśa and his principal disciple Drom Tönpa, entitled, “Cutting the Root of Suffering and Equalizing Excitation and Laxity” and “Blaming Everything on a Single Culprit.” These two exchanges go right to the heart of meditation, while at the same time representing a lively guru-disciple exchange that is both reverent and critical at the same time. We will then turn to Atiśa’s quintessential meditative guidance in his root text The Mahāmudrā Granted by the Noble Lord to Gönpawa. Atiśa’s approach provides us today with a bridge between understanding the nature of reality according to the Prāsaṅgika-Madhyamaka view, Mahāmudrā, and Dzogchen.

This retreat provides an excellent grounding in meditation practice and buddhist philosophy for new students and includes new material and further guidance for those who have previously attended Alan Wallace’s meditation retreats.

This is an in-person event, but a recording could be available at some point. For additional information please contact the Vajrayana Institute.
To receive current event information about Dr Alan Wallace’s retreats and talks, please join the mailing list at SBI.

B. Alan Wallace will be a special guest at the Australian premier of NEVER FORGET TIBET: The Dalai Lama’s Untold Story 

Dec72022
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Australia

Kismet Movies and the Vajrayana Institute will premier NEVER FORGET TIBET: The Dalai Lama’s Untold Story at theater’s throughout Australia on December 7th. Following the film there will be a virtual Q&A panel and B. Alan Wallace will be one of the special guests.

Time indicated is AEDT

B. Alan Wallace will offer a lecture on Four Revolutions in Outlook: The Foundation for Authentic Dharma Practice. Sponsored by the Vajrayana Institute, Sydney, Australia

Dec92022
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: at Balmain Town Hall, Sydney, Australia

Buddhist teachings strongly emphasize the importance of cultivating a meaningful motivation for all our endeavors, especially spiritual practice. This corresponds to the theme of “conative intelligence”: the faculty by which we are able to wisely embrace those aspirations, ideals, and intentions that will lead to the fulfillment of our fundamental wish to be free of suffering and to find an enduring sense of well-being.

In this lecture Dr. B. Alan Wallace will relate this topic to bringing about “four revolutions in outlook” that provide a foundation for engaging in authentic Buddhist practice.

These constitute meditations on (1) the rarity and preciousness of our human existence, (2) the significance of our own mortality and of impermanence in general, (3) the full extent of the reality of suffering, and (4) the nature of actions and their consequences within and beyond this life.

These four themes radically shift our view of reality and the meaning of life, and they are regarded as indispensable in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Time indicated is AEDT

This is an in-person event, but a recording could be available at some point. Check with the Vajrayana Institute
To receive current event information about Dr Alan Wallace’s retreats and talks, please join the mailing list at SBI.

Join B. Alan Wallace at Illuminating the Mind, a ten-week course from the Mind and Life Institute and Wisdom Publications.

Oct272022
Dec152022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

B. Alan Wallace will guide week two of this ten-week inquiry into the nature of mind that has been going on between leading scientists, philosophers, contemplatives, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama for over thirty-five years. The course features a curated selection of conversations from past Mind & Life Dialogues that explore our evolving understanding of three aspects of mind: attention, perception, and self.

Refining Attention Skills with Dr. B. Alan Wallace in person November 26-27 2022 in Dunedin, New Zealand

Nov262022
Nov272022
All-day event
Location: Knox College, 3 Arden St, North East Valley, Dunedin, New Zealand

Dr Wallace is widely regarded as one of the West’s preeminent meditation teachers and retreat guides. He is also a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms. Dr Wallace has been a frequent translator and contributor to meetings between the Dalai Lama and prominent scientists, and he has written and translated more than 40 books.

During this retreat, Dr Wallace will provide guidance on how to develop shamatha (“serene presence of mind”) to cultivate an inner sense of ease, stillness, and clarity of attention. These qualities are the indispensable foundation for all meditative practices and are a direct route to genuine well-being.

The cultivation of such attentional balance and clarity has been found to enhance performance and creativity, reduce stress, support mental health, and lead to personal transformation in everyday life. Such attention skills are also central to the development of a focused mind and an open heart.

Sponsored by The Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa

This is an in-person event, but we do hope to have a recording available at some point.
To receive current event information about Dr Alan Wallace’s retreats and talks, please join the mailing list at SBI.

All Past Events

Farming the Mind for Healing and Fulfillment in Challenging Times November 23rd 2022, Murchison, New Zealand

Nov232022
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Murchison Sport, Recreation & Cultural Centre 34 Hampden Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand

Open House

Join Dr Wallace and Dr Natanya as they share the purpose and mission of the Centre for Contemplative Research (CCR). Learn about how each research observatory provides the ideal environment for highly-trained contemplatives to work collaboratively with scientists to investigate the nature and potentials of both consciousness and genuine well-being —all in order to develop world-changing applications across disciplines and sectors.

Light meal served after discussion.

Where: Murchison Sport, Recreation & Cultural Centre
34 Hampden Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand

When: Wednesday 23rd November 2022
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Fee: Free

This is an in-person event, but we do hope to have a recording available at some point.
To receive current event information about Dr Alan Wallace’s retreats and talks, please join the mailing list at SBI.

Alan Wallace offers a lecture on “Where do theism and nontheism converge?” in the series “Unified Consciousness; The Common Insight of all Spiritual Traditions and of the Greatest Scientists.”

Oct252022
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Online

Alan Wallace will lecture on “Where do theism and nontheism converge?” in the series “Unified Consciousness; The Common Insight of all Spiritual Traditions and of the Greatest Scientists,” sponsored by the World Community for Christian Meditation.
Times shown are PDT

The Life and World of HH the Dalai Lama – Join Dr B Alan Wallace and Venerable Thubten Wangchen for the CCN Dialogues Live Zoom Event

Oct212022
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Online

The Life and World of HH the Dalai Lama – Join Dr B Alan Wallace and Venerable Thubten Wangchen for the CCN Dialogues Live Zoom Event

This dialogue will take us from centuries ago, discovering the culture and spiritual heritage from which the Dalai Lama emerged, to the present day, where we will explore his vision, his message and values and what impact he has had not simply in Tibet but significantly in the rest of the world.

Live Spanish Translation
TRADUCCIÓN SIMULTÁNEA EN ESPAÑOL

The live session starts at:
10am PT Pacific Time /
6pm BST  British Summer Time /
7pm CEST Central European Summer Time

The conference will be for free but if you wish you’ll be able to make a donation.
This donation will be distributed among the speakers’ organisations; the Fundación de la Casa del Tibet, Santa Barbara Institute and the entity that organises it; Contemplative Consciousness Network.

The Enlightened View of Samantabhadra, by Düdjom Lingpa — Part 2

Oct122022
Oct152022
All-day event
Location: Online

Join B Alan Wallace for this retreat. Revealed in a visionary experience when Düdjom Lingpa was twenty-seven years old, The Enlightened View of Samantabhadra is a teaching that manifests as an extensive dialogue between a group of bodhisattvas and Samantabhadra, manifested as the Lake-born Vajra. The answers to questions, ranging over some crucial aspects of Dzogchen practice, go far beyond a mere description of the path to liberation.

The advice offered in The Enlightened View of Samantabhadra describes the complete path to illumination, and the everyday language of the dialogue and the directness of the advice helps one dive into the view of Düdjom Lingpa. The clear explanations on deep subjects, and the precise definitions of Dzogchen terms, dissipate wrong views and deepen trust in this pinnacle of the Dharma.

You should be familiar with the foundational teachings and practices of shamatha, the four applications of mindfulness, the four immeasurables, and relative and ultimate bodhicitta. It is a prerequisite to have watched Part One of the retreat.

This retreat will also be translated live into Portuguese.

Please email: eventos@cebb.org.br with any questions.

“Fathom the Mind. Heal the World.” with Lama Alan Wallace, Dr. Eva Natanya & Dr. Anuradha Choudry

Oct12022
Oct72022
All-day event
Location: Crestone, Colorado and Online

Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and the Center for Contemplative Research.

The retreat is an opportunity to explore the interdenominational, inter-contemplative themes outlined by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his vision for The Center for Contemplative Research:

— The Buddhist meditative practices of śamatha and vipaśyanā
— Teachings on nonviolence and compassion from other revered Indian traditions
— Instruction in the contemplative traditions of Christianity

His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented the following vision, or mandate, for the Center for Contemplative Research:

“Regarding the plan to create a retreat center in the American State of Colorado that will also be a Center for Contemplative Research in collaboration with the scientific community, I say, ‘Excellent!’ It is clear to me that it will be of even greater benefit if this retreat center offers training not only in the view, meditation, and way of life of Buddhism, but also in the widespread, shared, non-violent way of life that has been taught in India from the ancient Sāṃkhya school onwards. There should be teaching, reflection, and meditation with respect to the view, including the presentation of cause and effect, and with respect to meditation, including śamatha and vipaśyanā. Likewise, there should also be instruction and reflection on the view, meditation, and way of life taught in the western traditions of Christianity.”

The virtual retreat will be available with both audio and video recordings of each day’s teachings.

Each full day will consist of two 3-hour sessions, including lectures and meditations, ending with a one-hour session for questions and answers.

DAILY SCHEDULE

Day 1 (evening): Dr. B. Alan Wallace will give an introductory talk on the need for a renaissance of contemplative inquiry in the world’s religious traditions and what that would entail.

Day 2: Dr. Anuradha Choudry will teach and lead meditations that draw out experiential understanding of non-violence and compassion (ahimsā and karuṇa) as understood in Sanskrit literature and the philosophical perspectives, or darśana, of India. She will guide practitioners to understand non-violence in all its subtle nuances, and to see the fundamental relationships that we have with ourselves and the world around us, which in turn facilitates a more spontaneous expression of compassion.

Day 3 & 4: Dr. Wallace will teach and lead meditations on the sixteen stages of śamatha and vipaśyanā by way of mindfulness of breathing, as taught in the Pāli Canon and Mahāyāna tradition. He will then draw out distinct approaches to śamatha and vipaśyanā found within the Vajrayāna, including the Great Perfection school of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 5 & 6: Dr. Eva Natanya will teach and lead meditations that offer a fresh, experiential perspective on the “Christian mandala” with Christ at its center. She will share some core elements of the worldview that inspires the Christian contemplative tradition, its path of meditation (including the stages of purification, illumination, and ultimately union with God), as well as its mystical way of life, which seeks to actualize the glory of resurrection even now, in our world.

Day 7 (morning): Dr. Choudry, Dr. Wallace, and Dr. Natanya will engage in a panel discussion concerning the integration of the themes highlighted by His Holiness, the challenges and benefits of interreligious practice, and the urgent need for contemplative inquiry in the modern world.

The virtual retreat will offer both audio and video recordings. Some sessions will be live while others will be recorded and made available within 24-36 hours. All Q&A sessions, the teachings from Dr. Choudry and the final day panel discussion will be live. All other sessions will be recorded.

We are delighted to announce that the retreat will be held in Crestone, CO at Blazing Mountain Retreat Center. You can apply to attend in person or register for the virtual retreat.

Lectures, guided meditations, and discussions with Alan Wallace and Fr Laurence Freeman on “Attention in Common.” This has been postponed – please check back for the new dates

Sep152022
Sep172022
Time: 8:00 am - 12:15 pm
Location: Online

Lectures, guided meditations, and discussions with Alan Wallace and Fr Laurence Freeman on “Attention in Common,” sponsored by Bonnevaux, a Meditation Retreat Centre for The World Community for Christian Meditation. Alan will identify essential elements of universal wisdom and unified consciousness in straightforward and practical ways. From this he will speculate on the changing shape of religion and spiritual consciousness and how this gives promise and hope for a less self-destructive and self-centred world.
Times shown are PDT
This has been temporarily postponed – please check back for the new dates

Transforming Felicity & Adversity Into The Spiritual Path – This will be translated into Spanish simultaneously during the retreat.

Sep82022
Sep102022
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Online -- CCN

Transforming Felicity & Adversity Into The Spiritual Path
Sponsored by our friends at The Contemplative Consciousness Network

In times like these—a comment that could be made at any time in human history—it is imperative for those seeking to enrich their lives through spiritual practice to learn how to transform both good fortune and misfortune into the spiritual path.

We all know it is relatively easy to practice when our life circumstances are calm and relatively trouble-free, but in those times, it is also easy to procrastinate, as we let time slip by in little tasks and enjoyments.

When things get rough, it is hard to focus on spiritual practice, for our attention gets riveted on just getting through these hard times.

During this three-day retreat, Lama Alan Wallace will present a commentary on a classic Tibetan Buddhist text called “Transforming Felicity & Adversity into the Spiritual Path” composed by the eminent Dzogchen master, the Third Dodrupchen Rinpoche (1865-1926).
In these pith instructions, the author explains how to transform all experiences into means for spiritual maturation by means of both relative and ultimate truth, rooted in the Madhyamaka view of Nagarjuna and the view of the Great Perfection of Padmasambhava.

All Sessions are LIVE in REAL TIME via the Zoom Platform. For those outside of the time zone the teachings will be available 36 hours later.
ALL SESSIONS ARE BEING RECORDED and will be made available to all who register so that you might return to them again and again.
This will be translated into Spanish simultaneously during the retreat.

Transforming The Mind By Fathoming Its Nature – Atisha’s ‘Pith Instructions Of The Middle Way’ & Lama Alan’s Commentary On Atisha’s Seven Point Mind Training.

Aug222022
Aug272022
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Online - CCN

Transforming the Mind by Fathoming Its Nature — Atisha’s ‘Pith Instructions Of The Middle Way’ & Lama Alan’s Commentary On Atisha’s Seven Point Mind Training.

Sponsored by our friends at The Contemplative Consciousness Network

During this six-day retreat, Lama Alan Wallace will present a commentary on The Seven-Point Mind Training, which stems from the teachings of the 11th-century Indian Buddhist scholar and contemplative Atisha and was first written down by the 12th-century Tibetan monk Chekawa.

This training summarizes the bodhisattva way of life by integrating theories and practices for the cultivation of ultimate and relative bodhicitta.

Beginning with a careful investigation of the nature of the mind and its relation to nature as a whole, resulting in a realization of emptiness and dependent origination, this training then leads one to the experience of profound compassion and the transformation of all experiences into means of furthering one’s spiritual growth.

Atisha was not only one of India’s greatest pandits and bodhisattvas, but also a renowned siddha, or contemplative adept, who was trained by Naropa and other masters of Mahamudra.

Following his teachings on The Seven-Point Mind Training, Lama Alan will conclude this retreat with teachings on Atisha’s root text on Mahamudra, entitled, Essential, Synthesized Practical Instructions on Connate Union.

All Sessions are LIVE in REAL TIME via the Zoom Platform. For those outside of the time zone the teachings will be available 36 hours later.
ALL SESSIONS ARE BEING RECORDED and will be made available to all who register so that you might return to them again and again.
This retreat will be available translated into Spanish in December.

Lama Alan Wallace will be speaking at the Francisco Varela Symposium, August 13-19, 2022

Lama Alan Wallace will offer a lecture on “Toward a Renaissance in Contemplative Inquiry within the World’s Religions” for the international symposium on the thought of Francisco Varela in Cerisy, France, August 13-19.

Lama Alan’s lecture will be on August 15.

Part III of an online retreat of Düdjom Lingpa’s The Vajra Essence: From the Matrix of Pure Appearances and Primordial Consciousness, a Tantra on the Self-Emergent Nature of Existence, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and the Center for Contemplative Research

Mar312022
May302022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online from Crestone, Colorado

During this 8-week retreat, Lama Alan Wallace will grant an oral transmission and commentary to Düdjom Lingpa’s revealed treatise, The Vajra Essence, picking up where we left off last May in Phase Four, “Determining the Characteristics and Qualities of the Ground.” This is the third in a series of 8-week retreats that will cover the […]