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Open Mind: View and Meditation in the Lineage of Lerab Lingpa

Open Mind: View and Meditation in the Lineage of Lerab Lingpa

Open Mind: View and Meditation in the Lineage of Lerab Lingpa, translated by B. Alan Wallace and featuring a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Lerab Lingpa was one of the great Dzogchen masters of the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries and a close confidant and guru of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. Open Mind contains translations of two works that are representative of the lineage of this great “treasure revealer,” or tertön.

This volume will be of great interest for all those interested in the theory and practice of the Great Perfection and the way it relates to the wisdom teachings of Tsongkhapa and others in the new translation schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training Application Information

The ninth Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training (CEBTT) will take place next summer from June 19th - July 23rd, 2018 at Landguet Ried, Bern, Switzerland. It will be led by Dr. Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman Ph.D.

During the first two weeks, Eve Ekman will teach the theories and practices of the psychology of emotional balance. In the latter three weeks, Dr. Alan Wallace will teach the relevant theories and practices of Buddhism, particularly focusing on the cultivation of attention, insight through the practice of mindfulness, as well as the qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity (the Four Immeasurables). The format will consist of a combination of lectures, meditation, teaching opportunities, and discussion.

Alan will co-teach CEBTT in 2018, but this will most likely be the last time he will do so. So if people wish to receive the training from Alan, next year is the time to do it.

Applications are now available for CEBTT: To apply for the 5-week CEB Teacher Training, please request a detailed application by emailing and mention CEBTT 2018 in the subject of the email. For more information, please send specific inquiries about the course to

The cost for rooms are listed here ( price includes teachings, food, and lodging for 5 weeks, but not travel expenses.

Participants will be asked to make an initial non-refundable deposit of $1000 within 15 days after selection and the final payment for single room, double room, and triple room will be due four months prior to its start.

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