The Four Yogas of Mahāmudrā
B. Alan Wallace
June 14–21, 2019
This retreat will focus on the four yogas of Mahāmudrā as explained in Karma Chagme Rinpoche’s Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahāmudrā and Atiyoga, for which the main body of his text has been translated under the titles A Spacious Path to Freedom and Naked Awareness. These four yogas constitute a complete path to achieving the perfect enlightenment of a buddha in one lifetime by providing practical methods for fully realizing the luminous and empty nature of consciousness itself, which is our own buddha-nature. Oral commentaries on these four yogas will be complemented with guided meditations on Śamatha, Vipaśyanā, and Mahāmudrā, also based of Karma Chagme Rinpoche’s classic text.
B. Alan Wallace is a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms. He left his college studies in 1971 and moved to Dharamsala, India to study Tibetan Buddhism, medicine and language. He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, and over fourteen years as a monk he studied with and translated for several of the generation’s greatest lamas. In 1984 he resumed his Western education at Amherst College where he studied physics and the philosophy of science. He then applied that background to his PhD research at Stanford on the interface between Buddhism and Western science and philosophy. Since 1987 he has been a frequent translator and contributor at the “Mind and Life” conferences at which the Dalai Lama and prominent scientists exchange views, and he has written and translated more than 40 books. Along with his scholarly work, Alan is regarded as one of the West’s preeminent meditation teachers and retreat guides. He is the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Conscious Studies and is the motivating force behind the develop of the Center for Contemplative Research in Tuscany, Italy.