October 1st, 2016 - October 7th, 2016

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

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In today’s pop spiritual culture, in which Buddhist meditation as a whole is frequently reduced to simple mindfulness in the sense of “bare attention,” “choiceless awareness,” and “open monitoring,” the distinctive qualities of the Dzogchen, or Great Perfection,” school of Tibetan Buddhism are easily overlooked. The central point of this contemplative tradition is to experientially fathom the primordial dimension of our own everyday, present awareness, which is none other than our Buddha nature. Exceptionally gifted contemplatives may be able to access and sustain such pristine awareness, called “rigpa” in Tibetan, simply by receiving “pointing out instructions” from a realized master. But for those who need a more robust foundation for this pinnacle of contemplative insight, the practices of shamatha and vipashyana are indispensible. Shamatha is a type of contemplative technology designed to cultivate our attention and introspective skills, and vipashyana is a contemplative science designed to provide insight into the nature of the mind and its role in nature. Drawing on the pith instructions of the 19th-century Dzogchen master Dudjom Lingpa and his 20th-century mind emanation, Dudjom Rinpoche, Jikdral Yeshe Dorje, Alan Wallace will offer guidance in these core meditative practices within the theoretical framework of the Great Perfection.
Venue: Garrision Institute, Garrison, New York

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There will be no 8-week retreat in the Fall of 2016.


March 29, 2016 - May 24, 2016

Retreat on Shamatha, Vipashyana, and Mahamudra, based upon two texts: Panchen Lozang Chökyi Gyaltsen’s Highway of the Jinas: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyü Mahamudra Tradition, and Karma Chagmé’s Naked Awareness: Practical Teachings on the Union.

Venue: ILTK, Pomaia, Italy. To request an application, please email


October 17, 2016 - November 20, 2016
Cultivating Emotional Balance Teachers Training
Led by B. Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman. Dr. Wallace’s instruction on the contemplative elements of this training is from Nov 1st – 20th, and Dr. Ekman’s instruction on the psychological elements of the training is from Oct. 17th – Oct.31st, 2016.

Venue: Fundación Sakya, Alicante, Spain.

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 Retreats are led by B. Alan Wallace, the Spring 8-week exclusively by B. Alan Wallave, and the CEB teacher training with Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman. These two retreats are sponsored by Santa Barbara Institute, and hosted by ILTK: and Fundación Sakya:


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