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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Alan Wallace: Meditation for Balanced Living

In this special taping of the Wisdom Podcast in front of a live audience at Harvard Divinity School, renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher Alan Wallace explores with us the benefits of shamatha practice for leading a balanced life. Recorded as part of his Wisdom Academy course, “Shamatha: Meditation for Balanced Living,” Alan shares with us the meaning of shamatha and its place among the Buddha’s meditation techniques. He relates how it is an essential practice in all schools of Buddhism, including Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana, and he specifically highlights its importance in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet.
http://learn.wisdompubs.org/podcast/alan-wallace-2/

Four Application of Mindfulness with Alan Wallace in Spain

Alan lead a retreat on the Four Application of Mindfulness in Alicante, Spain.
The retreat is translated in Spanish.
March 24-30,2017
To watch: https://youtu.be/aUAGIZ77WG0

EVENTS IN SANTA BARBARA

WEEK LONG RETREATS IN UNITED STATES

Meditation retreat on “Buddhahood Without Meditation”

Venue: La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara

Date: January 8th - 13th, 2017