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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Seasoning the Day with Sanity

Seasoning the Day with Sanity
Alan Wallace on the value of mindful moments throughout the day
By Sam Mowe
November 21, 2016

During his recent retreat at the Garrison Institute, we spoke with scholar and meditation teacher Alan Wallace about how to cultivate stillness, increase productivity, and determine whether an activity is worth doing.

Meditation for Post Election with Alan Wallace

Meditation for Post Election
with Alan Wallace
November 9th, 2016 from Sakya Foundation, Spain

Alan gave a talk about the result of the US election during the 5-week Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training Course in Alicante, Spain.

Listen to the recording:

Free Science of Meditation Summit Online

Check out this free online summit and learn from over 20 of today's top researchers and meditation teachers including Matthieu Ricard, Dan Siegel, Kelly McGonigal, Rick Hanson and many more. Access from home Oct. 19-23.

MaMa Charitable Foundation Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies- B. Alan Wallace in 2015/16

The youtube links and the lecture ppt slides are available in the Visiting Professorship’s website (demo) -

Lecture 1
Buddhist and Psychological Views of Mindfulness
Lecture 2
Cultivating Mental Balance: A Buddhist View
Lecture 3
A Radically Empirical Approach to the Exploration of Consciousness

From Strasbourg on Contemporary Sciences and Contemplative Science

Contemporary Sciences and Contemplative Sciences

Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 5:30 PM EST
His Holiness joins in a discussion on Contemporary Sciences and Contemplative Science at University of Strasbourg. Live webcast can be viewed here. Times: 9:30am - 11:30am & 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST

Alan Wallace is the moderator on the panel on consciousness, with M. Bitbol and S. Laureys as speakers, at the Strasbourg 2016 Scientific Day of Dialog with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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7 Point Mind Training Retreat Audio Available

To Listen to the Retreat:

A 7-Day Retreat on Lama Atisha's Seven-Point-Mind-Training
with B. Alan Wallace
Dates: 29 August-4 September 2016
Venue: Peter Canisius House, 102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble NSW



Meditation retreat on “Buddhahood Without Meditation”

Venue: La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara

Date: January 8th - 13th, 2017