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Mindfulness & Awareness Conference at Lerab Ling, France

Mindfulness & Awareness Conference at Lerab Ling, France

Videos of the Mindfulness and Awareness conference will be available widely on Video on Demand from Wednesday 3rd June. The VOD can be ordered here (

Conference recorded on May 14-17, 2015 at Lerab Ling, Montepellier, France.


Keynote lecture on “Cultivating Attentional Intelligence” in the lecture series “Mindful Encounters” at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain


Live streaming:

The lecture will begin around 9:45 am today, Pacific time

May 19: Lecturing on “Cultivating Attentional Intelligence” at Centre Kalachakra in Paris


Video recording:

March 22 – 24: Meditation retreat on “Transforming Felicity and Adversity into the Spiritual Path” at the Center for Wisdom and Compassion, Copenhagen


March 23: Lecture “Mindfulness in Science: Contemplative Science and Objective Science” at the University of Copenhagen


B. Alan Wallace, “Exploring the Nature of Consciousness,” Interalia Magazine: An online magazine dedicated to the interactions between the arts, sciences and consciousness, May 2015:

March 26 – 29: Meditation retreat on “The Four Immeasurables: Cultivating a Boundless Heart” at Karma Tashi Ling Buddhist Center, Oslo



April 12 - April 17, 2015