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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

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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