8 – 13 March 2020
Meditation Retreat with B. Alan Wallace
The Way of Shamatha:
Soothing the Body, Calming the Mind, Illuminating Awareness
In this Retreat we will focus on methods for refining attention and exploring the nature and potentials of the mind through the progressive development of mental and physical ease, attentional stability, and attentional vividness. The methods taught will include first releasing the awareness into the rhythm of the breath and the field of tactile sensations throughout the body, then turning attention to thoughts and other mental activities, and finally turning inwards onto awareness itself. The cultivation of such attentional balance and clarity has been found to enhance performance and creativity, reduce stress, support mental health, and lead to personal transformation in everyday life. And such attention skills are essential for spiritual maturation, for they are central to the development of a focused mind and an open heart.
B.Alan Wallace began his studies of Tibetan Buddhism, language, and culture in 1970 at the University of Göttingen and then continued his studies over the next fourteen years in India, Switzerland, and the United States. During most of that time he trained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, for whom he has intermittently served as interpreter since 1979. After graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1987, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in religious studies at Stanford University in 1995. He then taught for four years in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara and is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He has edited, translated, authored, and contributed to more than forty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and Buddhism.