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Newest episode in the Wisdom Podcast with B. Alan Wallace!

Newest episode in the Wisdom Podcast! Engaging conversation and lecture with B. Alan Wallace, renowned scholar and Tibetan Buddhist teacher. In this episode, taped in front of a live audience as part of his new Wisdom Academy course, we hear:

How Alan's spiritual path began and what drew him to dzogchen practice,
How shamatha supports the development of bodhicitta, an illuminating talk about dzogchen practice that touches on the current conversation between science and Buddhism, and much more.

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Meditation retreat on “Shamatha and Vipashyana in the Dzogchen Tradition” with B. Alan Wallace

Meditation retreat on “Shamatha and Vipashyana in the Dzogchen Tradition”

Venue: Garrison, New York.

Date: October 1st, 2016 - October 7th, 2016

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September 30th 2016 - October 7th, 2016

Meditation retreat on “Shamatha and Vipashyana in the Dzogchen Tradition” in Garrison, New York.