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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.

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.

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.

“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.

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All Past Events

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 […]

Online meditation retreat based on Düdjom Lingpa’s classic Dzogchen text The Enlightened View of Samantabhadra Part 1, sponsored by Centro de Estudos Budistas Bodisatva, Brazil

Oct82021
Oct122021
All-day event
Location: Online Retreat

Registration and additional information Revealed in a visionary experience when Düdjom Lingpa was twenty-seven, the Enlightened View of Samantabhadra is a visionary teaching manifesting as an extended dialogue between a retinue of bodhisattvas and Samantabhadra appearing as the Lake-Born Vajra. His answers to pointed questions concerning the crucial aspects of Dzogchen practice from disciples who are […]

The Wisdom of Atisha and Knowing Our Own Minds – A Virtual Retreat, sponsored by Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies

Sep132021
Sep202021
All-day event
Location: from Miyo Samten Ling in Crestone, Colorado

This retreat will begin with oral commentaries on Alan Wallace’s two freshly translated dialogues between Atisha 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 […]

Webinar with Alan Wallace – Stilling the Mind to Fathom its Depth

Sep12021
Time: 12:00 am
Location: Online

Join this online event with B. Alan Wallace sponsored by East West Bookshop on Wednesday, September 1 at 5:30-7:00pm (PDT) The origins and nature of the mind, as well as what happens at death remain mysteries to modern science, as does the mind-body problem. Like every other natural phenomenon, if you wish to understand the […]

Online meditation retreat based on Dudjom Rinpoche’s text, The Illumination of Primordial Wisdom

Aug172021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

In his instruction manual entitled The Illumination of Primordial Consciousness H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, presents concise, complete guidance on practices of śamatha and vipaśyanā within the context of the view, meditation, and conduct of the Great Perfection. During this six-day retreat, Lama Alan Wallace will offer an oral transmission and commentary on […]