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.
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.