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September 20, 2020—September 27, 2020

Santa Barbara Institute: The Inner Causes of Distress and Well Being with Alan Wallace

The Inner Causes of Distress and Well-being – Buddhist Psychological, Philosophical, and Contemplative Insights for the Modern World

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.

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B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D.
Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind. Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford