Title: Meditation retreat on “The Inner Causes of Distress and Well-being – Buddhist Psychological, Philosophical, and Contemplative Insights for the Modern World”
Date: September 20- September 27, 2020
Venue:Garrison Institute, New York
Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies
Contact Info: [email protected]
A major cause of the catastrophes humanity is inflicting upon itself in today’s world is ignorance and confusion about the true causes of suffering and happiness. Under the domination of materialism, hedonism, and consumerism, while we seek to be free of suffering, we perpetuate it by destroying our natural environment and engaging in violence against our fellow humans and other species. In this retreat Alan Wallace will discuss the true causes of distress and genuine well-being in accordance with the psychological insights of the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma based on the Four Noble Truths, the philosophical insights from the Second Turning of the Wheel of Dharma based on the Perfection of Wisdom and the Bodhisattva ideal, and the contemplative insights from the Third Turning of the Wheel of Dharma based on the Buddha-nature. Dharma talks on these topics will be complemented with guided meditations and periods for open discussion.