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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Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation based on emotional balance created and direct by Paz & Mente Brazil.

Alan Wallace, as a personal trust of Paz & Mente Brazil, invites all internationals to join the program of Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation based on emotional balance created and direct by Paz & Mente Brazil. Registration is now open:

Contemplating consciousness on ABC Radio National called All in the Mind

Contemplating consciousness on All in the Mind with Lynne Malcolm on RN

Sunday 10th September, 2017

We contemplate the nature of consciousness with a philosopher, a neuroscientist and a Buddhist scholar.

Treat Everyone as the Buddha by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche| August 9, 2017

“The one time people ask me about ethics is when scandals or controversies happen in Buddhist communities,” says Mingyur Rinpoche. But, as he notes, ethical conduct has always been central to the Buddhist path. Here he explains what it means to live a virtuous life, what a student a should look for in a teacher, what to do when serious ethics violations occur, and more.
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Buddhahood Without Meditation with B. Alan Wallace in Santa Barbara

January 7-12th: Buddhahood Without Meditation in Santa Barbara
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