At the beginning of the 21st century humanity is poised for a revolution in our understanding of consciousness, as the first-person modes of inquiry of the contemplative traditions of the world are integrated with the third-person methods of modern science. The Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies is dedicated to furthering such interdisciplinary and cross-cultural investigation of the nature and potentials of consciousness and extending its benefits to the general public.


The Institute’s research emphasizes the integration of scientific approaches with contemplative methods adhering to equally high standards, radically expanding the study of the mind to explore its potentials more fully than ever before. Its practice and education focus is on the cultivation of human flourishing and genuine happiness through exceptional mental health and balance, bringing the physical and psychological benefits of training awareness to ever-broader segments of the population and all areas of life.



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Four Application of Mindfullness with Alan Walalce in Spain

Alan will lead a retreat on the Four Application of Mindfulness in Alicante, Spain.
The retreat will be translated in Spanish.
March 24-30,2017
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Interview on bottlerocetscience with Alan Wallace and Scott Gosnell

Interview on bottlerocketscience by Scott Gosnell

Recorded on Saturday, March 18, 2017
EP 029 B Alan Wallace

The episode is up at
iTunes directory :

2017 Spring 8-Week Audio Stream Registration Open

Registration is now open for 2017 8-week retreat audio stream. Anyone interested in applying for this online retreat should carefully study this short text and decide for themselves whether they are prepared to engage in these practices as they relate to the teacher of this retreat, to their fellow retreatants, and to sentient beings at large. This is an indispensible prerequisite for participating in this retreat and should be taken very seriously. Anyone who is willing to devote themselves to these preliminary practices and to apply themselves to the teachings in this text with faith and devotion is welcome to apply.

Full and partial scholarships will be provided for those who cannot afford these fees, and all proceeds beyond the administrative costs of creating these recordings will go to support aspiring practitioners who are devoting themselves fulltime to following this path of the Great Perfection. Glen Svensson, the assistant instructor will respond to questions from those listening online, so this will be the first interactive 8-week retreat by way of audio stream.

Registration for Audio Stream: 150.00
To register here:

You may subscribe through iTunes or listen online:

In order for us to continue podcasting the 8 week retreats, please generously give funds for the audio stream, funds to support aspiring yogis, and/or a gift to the teacher.

Click Here to make a Donation for the Podcast or to Support a Yogi.

Click Here to Give a Gift (Dana) to Dr. Wallace.

Listen to archived podcast from past 8-week retreats:

Please email registration if you have any questions.

The course be restricted to those who are registered. If you want to register for the audiostream, please register here:

You will receive a access code when the first session is uploaded. It could be on April 4th or 5th, a day or two days after the retreat beings.

Watch: the Dalai Lama and John Oliver make each other laugh on ‘Last Week Tonight’

It’s not that often you get to see a revered spiritual leader laugh and tease, but that’s what made watching John Oliver interview the venerable Dalai Lama on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” so much fun.

In the segment that aired on Sunday, Oliver traveled to Dharamsala, India, to talk to the Dalai Lama and discuss the holy man’s claim that he led some in Mongolia to turn from alcohol to horse milk, a claim that was greeted by a horrified face on Oliver.

“Wait, hold on, you tried to wean them off vodka by giving them horse milk?” Oliver asked. The comedian said he can accept cow’s milk but has a hard time understanding where horse’s milk comes from.

They also discussed reincarnation, Tibet and China’s portrayal of the holy man as a “wolf in monk’s clothes,” which led to two humorous moments.

In the first, the Dalai Lama put up his fingers to pantomime horns growing out of his head while he said, “I am demon with horns.” He then added that their words meant nothing to him. He practices taking distrust and suspicion and turning it around.

Live Event: Shamatha: Meditation for Balanced Living- A Wisdom Event with B. Alan Wallace

Shamatha: Meditation for Balanced Living
Mar 9th at 4:00 PM PST
Venue: The Braun Room in Andover Hall
Harvard Divinity School
45 Francis Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Sponsored by Wisdom Publication
Events Page:

Learn about shamatha, Buddhist meditation for balanced living, with renowned teacher B. Alan Wallace.

Join Wisdom Publications for an evening with B. Alan Wallace where you’ll enjoy:
- a live interview with Alan,
- a talk by him on the meditation technique of shamatha,
- and a Q&A session.

The achievement of shamatha is widely regarded in the Buddhist tradition as an indispensable foundation for the cultivation of contemplative insight (vipashyana).

This is a rare opportunity to spend an intimate evening with a much-in-demand teacher, taking a profound and illuminating dive into some of Buddhism’s most profound teachings and practices.
B. Alan Wallace is president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He trained for many years as a monk in Buddhist monasteries in India and Switzerland.

He has taught Buddhist theory and practice in Europe and America since 1976 and has served as interpreter for numerous Tibetan scholars and contemplatives, including H. H. the Dalai Lama.
After graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, he earned his MA and PhD in religious studies at Stanford University.

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 religion.

This event is part of the Wisdom Academy online course, Shamatha: Meditation for Balanced Living.

The Nature of Reality: A Dialogue Between a Buddhist Scholar and a Theoretical Physicist

Dialogue with Alan Wallace and Sean Carroll mediated by theoretical physicist Marcelo Gleiser

Alan Wallace, a world-renowned author and Buddhist scholar and Sean Carroll, a world-renowned theoretical physicist and best-selling author, discuss the nature of reality from spiritual and scientific viewpoints. Their dialogue is mediated by theoretical physicist and author Marcelo Gleiser, director of Dartmouth's Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement.

Alan's notes attached:
Critique of Poetic Naturalism
Lecture Notes

Please click here for the video:

This program can be heard on KQED 88.5FM or on Sunday, 3/26 at 1pm, Tuesday, 3/28 at 8pm, and Wednesday, 3/29 at 2am. If you are not
in the San Francisco Bay Area, it can also be heard on these 130 public radio stations around the country. Please contact your local affiliate for broadcast times.

Recorded on February 9, 2017 at 7:30 PST, Nourse Theater in San Francisco.



Meditation retreat on “Buddhahood Without Meditation”

Venue: La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara

Date: January 8th - 13th, 2017