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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B. Alan Wallace, PhD, speak on cultivating exceptional levels of mental health and well-being at 1440

Hear internationally renowned scholar and author B. Alan Wallace, PhD, speak on cultivating exceptional levels of mental health and well-being.

An innovative thinker and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, Dr. Wallace’s expertise lies in the integration of Buddhist contemplative practice with Western science to advance our understanding of the mind.

In these recordings, you will experience a multifaceted course deeply rooted in Buddhist theory and practice. You will gain powerful perspectives and skills for creating meaningful aspirations; develop an inner sense of ease, stillness, and clarity; and enhance your emotional intelligence, maturity, and resilience.

Through a combination of enlightening lectures and teachings, a variety of meditation practices, reflection, and group discussions, you will learn:

How to cultivate the four kinds of mental balance: conative, attentional, cognitive, and emotional
Meditative practices for balance, clarity, and inspiration
Wisdom from multiple traditions and sages, including Socrates, Thomas Aquinas, and William James.

Dr. Wallace, ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk by the Dalai Lama, is one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West and brings deep experience and applied skills to his teaching.

Through an integrated combination of theory and meditative practices, you will develop a conceptual understanding of timeless wisdom, as well as your own new, experiential insight.

1. Hedonia vs Eudaimonia
2. Attention: Tending To
3. Setting the Mind at Ease
4. Mindfulness of Breathing: Asanga and the Burmese Technique
5. Mindfulness of Breathing: Theravada Buddhism
6. Mindfulness of Breathing: Dzogchen
7. Review
8. Observing the Mind
9. The Plasticity of Mental Awareness
10. The Object of Mindfulness
11. Contemplative Strip Tease
12. Awareness of Awareness
13. Conative Intelligence

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How to Be a Buddhist in Today’s World: His Holiness The Dalai Lama

How to Be a Buddhist in Today’s World
Religion now faces three main challenges: communism, science and consumerism.
By The Dalai Lama
July 6, 2017 6:44 p.m. ET
Once people adopt a religion, they should practice it sincerely. Truly believing in God, Buddha, Allah or Shiva should inspire one to be an honest human being. Some people claim to have faith in their religion but act counter to its ethical injunctions. They pray for the success of their dishonest and corrupt actions, asking God or Buddha for help in covering up their wrongdoings. There is no point in such people describing themselves as religious.
To read the full article, see the pdf.

Alan Wallace: Meditation for Balanced Living

In this special taping of the Wisdom Podcast in front of a live audience at Harvard Divinity School, renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher Alan Wallace explores with us the benefits of shamatha practice for leading a balanced life. Recorded as part of his Wisdom Academy course, “Shamatha: Meditation for Balanced Living,” Alan shares with us the meaning of shamatha and its place among the Buddha’s meditation techniques. He relates how it is an essential practice in all schools of Buddhism, including Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana, and he specifically highlights its importance in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet.

Four Application of Mindfulness with Alan Wallace in Spain

Alan lead a retreat on the Four Application of Mindfulness in Alicante, Spain.
The retreat is translated in Spanish.
March 24-30,2017
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Meditation retreat on “Buddhahood Without Meditation”

Venue: La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara

Date: January 8th - 13th, 2017