Awakened Heart: Cultivating Immeasurable Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Impartiality through Meditation

B. Alan Wallace

March 10–17, 2018

Tuition $400 + 7 nights

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has often commented that the essence of spiritual practice is cultivating a good heart. As important as shamatha (meditative quiescence) and vipashyana (insight meditation) are within the Buddhist tradition, it is crucial to balance such practices with the cultivation of altruism. In this meditation retreat, Alan Wallace will teach a sequence of meditations for the cultivation of the “Four Immeasurables,” namely loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and impartiality. While many teachings on Buddhist meditation fill us with a longing to spend more time in quiet, solitary meditation, these practices bring us back to life, to the active world of living with others. The optimal situation to apply these teachings on cultivating a good heart is an active life, socially engaged with other people at home and about town, moving away from habitual self-centeredness to greater empathy and loving concern for the welfare for those around us. This retreat will consist of teachings, guided meditations, and discussions. Regardless of whether we hold to any religious beliefs, these practices can be of benefit to everyone seeking to explore their own capacity to experience unconditional love and compassion.

This retreat is co-hosted by Wisdom Publications.

B. Alan Wallace

Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind. A scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, he has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and philosophy of science. Wallace is the author of many titles published by Wisdom Publications including Stilling the Mind and The Attention Revolution.

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