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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Dialogue between Alan Wallace & Daniel Simpson on Buddhist Meditation & Cognitive Sciences

May 12, 2016 - Daniel Simpson's article "Buddhist meditation and cognitive sciences":

May 14, 2016 - Listen to Alan Wallace's response to the article "Buddhist meditation and cognitive sciences."

May 16, 2016 - Dialogue between Alan Wallace and Daniel Simpson :

Two Research Projects -The Jiva Project & the Alaya Project :

What Constitutes Compelling Evidence? - Powerpoint slides by Alan Wallace

To listen to the 2016 8-week retreat podcast online, you may subscribe through iTunes or listen online:

You can watch the 8-week retreat live stream on SBI Youtube Channel
( Retreat ends on May 24th, 2016.

Listen to archived podcast from past 8-week retreats:

The Atlas of Emotions

This atlas was inspired by a series of conversations between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman about the science of emotions. With the help of Stamen Design and Paul’s daughter, Dr. Eve Ekman, this tool was created to be a visual journey through the world of emotions.

Introduction to Dzogchen with B. Alan Wallace hosted by Wisdom Academy

In this new online course led by B. Alan Wallace, you’ll be introduced to the view, meditation, and way of life of Dzogchen—the Great Perfection tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Wallace takes us through a remarkable text by nineteenth-century master Düdjom Lingpa, The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers, and guides us in meditations that help us begin to discover the Great Perfection for ourselves. Additional selected readings, quizzes, and the opportunity to discuss this material with an international community of learners will augment your understanding and help you integrate this profound path into your daily life.
The course will start on May 16. One lesson will be released each week for ten weeks, but you can proceed at your own pace. You will have access to the course content beyond the official end of the course in July.

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Meditation retreat on “Shamatha and Vipashyana in the Dzogchen Tradition” with B. Alan Wallace

Meditation retreat on “Shamatha and Vipashyana in the Dzogchen Tradition”

Venue: Garrison, New York.

Date: October 1st, 2016 - October 7th, 2016

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September 30th 2016 - October 7th, 2016

Meditation retreat on “Shamatha and Vipashyana in the Dzogchen Tradition” in Garrison, New York.