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“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.

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.
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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.

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

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

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

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.

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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.
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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 […]

Dr. B. Alan Wallace will lead a workshop at Tibet House US on the Four Types Of Inner Balance

Mar192022
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Location: Tibet House US via Zoom

On March 19, Dr. B. Alan Wallace will lead a workshop at Tibet House US on the Four Types Of Inner Balance, which will be Live-streamed via Zoom.

How do we cultivate emotional resilience and inner well-being without necessarily relying on an elaborate philosophical system — in other words, what are the bare bones of our mind that absolutely require our attention and care if we are to seek happiness?

In this workshop, based on his work on the Cultivating Emotional Balance teaching system, Alan Wallace will walk us through the four types of inner balance: attentional, cognitive, emotional and conative (i.e. related to desires). These four universal domains are arguably at the core of any type of comprehensive psychological or spiritual work. Mastering practices associated with them would be a huge gift to ourselves and others.

You can read more about the workshop here.

This is part of a series of teachings on Cultivating Emotional Balance sponsored by Tibet House US, offered by Dr. Eve Ekman and Venerable Lobsang Tenpa.
Read more about the additional teachings on March 12, and also from April 16 through June 25, 2022.

B. Alan Wallace will be speaking at the Italian Buddhist Union’s International Conference: Dharma Today, Faces of Contemporary Buddhism

Mar62022
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Location: Online

B. Alan Wallace will speak on Contemplative & Scientific Ways of Knowing

March 6, 8:30 am PST/5:30 pm CET

The Dharma Today conference aims at discussing identities, roles, and potentials of Buddhist traditions in the contemporary world. This multidisciplinary inquiry will also address the role of Buddhism in spreading meditative practices, as well as its contribution to scientific research, contemporary philosophy, and ethics.
Particular focus will be placed on global challenges involving the complex relationships between human beings, technology, and environment.
The conference begins March 5 and will be LIVE STREAMED at the Italian Buddhist Union’s YouTube channel
Read more about the Dharma Today Conference, Faces of Contemporary Buddhism

Online Zoom Forum: An Evening with B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D. Toward a Renaissance in Contemplative Inquiry within the World’s Religions.

Jan272022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Join B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., 27 January 2022 for this online Zoom forum sponsored by the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace. Event Description: Over the past several millennia, contemplatives in the world’s religions have made many discoveries about human identity, the inner sources of genuine well-being, the mind, and its role in nature; but […]

The Science of Mind – A Practical Inquiry into Nature of Mind

Nov132021
Time: 12:00 am
Location: Online Retreat

Like all other branches of science, the science of mind must be primarily based on the rigorous observation of natural phenomena. Much as astronomers rely on the telescope, so do contemplatives rely on the power of samadhi to explore the nature and potentials of the mind. During this retreat, we will develop shamatha (“serene presence of […]

SERENITY RIDGE DIALOGUES

Oct232021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online Summit October 23-24, 2021

SERENITY RIDGE DIALOGUES A FREE, LIVE ONLINE SUMMIT from October 23-24, 2021. Lama Alan will be part of the summit’s opening day panel. Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will be joined by honored guests His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, Dr. B. Alan Wallace, author and expert on Tibetan Buddhism, and leading scientists, physicians and practitioners for […]