ONLINE • Buddhist Psychological Insights into the Inner Causes of Distress and Well-Being

B. Alan Wallace

November 14–15, 2020

  • $75.00 – Subsidized Tuition
  • $150.00 – Standard Tuition
  • $200.00 – Supporting Tuition
Join author, lecturer, and esteemed Buddhist teacher B. Alan Wallace for this engaging online retreat.

A synopsis from B. Alan Wallace on what to expect:

In this retreat, we will begin by distinguishing between worldly pleasure and genuine well-being and exploring the inner causes of both. We will then turn to the evident causes of distress, including mental agitation, distraction, rumination, and mind-wandering, and engage in meditative practices to overcome them. Going deeper, we will examine the subtle causes of distress, including craving and attachment, hostility and hatred, and ignorance and delusion—taking care to define each of these mental afflictions. Finally, we will seek to understand the ground-state of consciousness, known as the substrate consciousness, which is naturally pure and luminous, as well as our capacity of loving-kindness, and how to cultivate it.


This program will be recorded with review access for participants available for one week following the program. You will need to consent to recording in order to join the meeting.

Tiered Pricing & Scholarships

This program offers tiered pricing to accommodate most instances of financial need. If you would be unable to attend at the subsidized tuition rate, we do have a limited number of scholarships available. NOTE: AS OF 10/16, ALL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THIS PROGRAM HAVE BEEN AWARDED AND ARE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO APPLIED.

If you are able to register at the “Supporter” level, thank you for supporting the ability for others to attend this retreat.


Registration will close November 14 at 8 am MT.

Daily Schedule

Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15:

PT: 9am – 5pm (breaks from 11am – 1pm and 3pm – 4pm)

MT: 10am – 6pm (breaks from 12pm – 2pm and 4pm – 5pm)

CT: 11am – 7 pm (breaks from 1pm – 3pm and 5pm – 6pm)

ET: 12pm – 8pm (breaks from 2pm – 4pm and 6pm – 7pm)

Of course, you may join from any timezone.


B. Alan Wallace

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 to meetings between the Dalai Lama and prominent scientists, 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 Consciousness Studies and of the Center for Contemplative Research in Crestone, Colorado.

Program Details

This virtual retreat will be conducted on Zoom. After registration, you will receive an email with simple instructions for downloading and using Zoom on your computer, laptop, or other device. At least 24 hours before the start time, a link to join the retreat will be sent to you via email.