Modern science has discovered many important facts about the mind by studying it indirectly through the examination of the neural correlates and behavioral expressions of mental processes. The Buddhist science of the mind takes a more direct approach: it seeks to understand the mind and consciousness through direct, sophisticated observation and analysis. This accords with all other branches of the natural sciences, which seek to understand the phenomena under investigation by direct observation, rather than focusing merely on correlated events. In this retreat Alan Wallace will explain three dimensions of consciousness: that of the ordinary mind, or psyche; the underlying, subtle continuum of awareness known as the consciousness; and the deepest, transcendent dimension of primordial consciousness. He will also discuss how each of these dimensions can be experientially discovered through first-person investigation.
The retreat consist of lectures, guided meditations, and discussions. This retreat was held at the Old Mission Renewal Center, Santa Barbara from Feb 09-16, 2014.