LOCAL ONGOING EVENTS IN SANTA BARBARA
SBI STUDY GROUP
Monday weekly sitting group at the Unity Church and Monthly meeting group at EMID. For more information, please click here
WEEK LONG RETREATS IN SANTA BARBARA
Feb 2 2014 - Feb 9 2014
“A Contemplative Science of Mental Balance”
On the basis of an ethical way of life, mental balance is the key to achieving genuine happiness and to following the path to spiritual liberation and awakening. Genuine happiness, in contrast to hedonic pleasure, is a sense of wellbeing that arises from within, without dependence upon pleasant stimuli. This arises first of all from leading an ethical way of life, based on nonviolence and benevolence. Secondly, it arises from the cultivation of four aspects of mental balance: conative (having to do with one’s aspirations and intentions), attentional, cognitive, and emotional. In this retreat Alan Wallace will explain each of these four aspects of mental balance and how to cultivate each one. This is the basis for realizing the deepest dimension of genuine happiness, which arises from the wisdom of knowing reality as it is. The retreat will consist of lectures, guided meditations, and discussions.
Registration Open: http://www.sbinstitute.com/node/1518
May 11, 2014 - May 18, 2014:
Meditation retreat on “A Contemplative Science of Consciousness” at the Santa Barbara Mission Renewal Center, Santa Barbara, California, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies
Registration Open: http://www.sbinstitute.com/node/1947
November 9, 2014 – November 16, 2014:
“A Contemplative Science of Consciousness”
Modern science has discovered many important facts about the mind by studying it indirectly through the examination of the neural correlates and behavioral expressions of mental processes. The Buddhist science of the mind takes a more direct approach: it seeks to understand the mind and consciousness through direct, sophisticated observation and analysis. This accords with all other branches of the natural sciences, which seek to understand the phenomena under investigation by direct observation, rather than focusing merely on correlated events. In this retreat Alan Wallace will explain three dimensions of consciousness: that of the ordinary mind, or psyche; the underlying, subtle continuum of awareness known as the consciousness; and the deepest, transcendent dimension of primordial consciousness. He will also discuss how each of these dimensions can be experientially discovered through first-person investigation. The retreat will consist of lectures, guided meditations, and discussions.
Registration will Open in April.
2014 DATES FOR 5-WEEK CEBTT AND FALL 8-WEEK RETREAT:
There will be no 8-week retreat in the Spring of 2014.
Jul 6, 2014 - Aug 8, 2014
Cultivating Emotional Balance Teachers Training In Holy Isle, Scotland.
Led by B. Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman. Dr. Wallace’s instruction on the contemplative elements of this training is from July 6 – 20, and Dr. Ekman’s instruction on the psychological elements of the training are from July 21 – Aug. 8, 2014.
Please visit this website: http://cultivatingemotionalbalance.org/
Aug 21 2014 - Oct 16 2014
Eight- Week Retreat on shamatha, vipshayana, and Dzogchen in Phuket, Thailand
Led By B. Alan Wallace.
Application will go out first week of January 2014.
Fall 8-Week Retreat
Applications are now available for the Fall 8-Week retreat on Shamatha and the Bodhisattva Way of Life, including teachings on the Seven-Point Mind-Training and A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, by B. Alan Wallace at the Thanyapura Mind Centre in Phuket, Thailand, from September 2nd- October 28th, 2013.
During this eight-week retreat, Alan Wallace will teach three methods of shamatha meditation, namely, mindfulness of breathing, settling the mind in its natural state, and awareness of awareness. The first of these methods is the primary shamatha technique taught in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, and the latter two are strongly emphasized in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In addition, he will give an oral commentary on Seven-Point Mind-Training, which traces back to the Indian Buddhist master Atisha, and a commentary on selected passages from Shantideva's classic text A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. The practices taught in these treatises wonderfully complement and support shamatha, which, in turn, provides a strong support in samadhi for those Mahayana practices. The daily schedule for the retreat consists of two hours each day, Monday-Saturday, of group sessions. These group sessions include guided meditations, teaching, and discussion. In addition, each participant in the retreat will have weekly, 15-minute private meetings with Alan to discuss their practice. Everyone has their own air-conditioned room and private bath. Internet connection is available and there is a central computer for general use in the library. In addition to teachings by Alan Wallace, these retreats focus strongly on the practice of meditation, done as a group or privately in your room. Meditation periods will be 6 to 8 hours a day. It is recommended that you have taken a Shamatha or other retreat with B. Alan Wallace before applying or that you have listened to the podcasts or taken a self-retreat using his DVD or CDs recorded at one of his Shamatha retreats. The cost will be $3485. This price includes teachings, food, and lodging in a single room for 8 weeks, but not travel expenses. Participants will be asked to make an initial non-refundable deposit of $850 within 15 days after selection and you will need to pay the final payment of $2635 for the retreat four months prior to its start.
Retreats are led by B. Alan Wallace, the Fall exclusively by him, and the CEB teacher training with Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman. These two retreats are sponsored by Santa Barbara Institute, and hosted by the Thanyapura Mind Centre, part of the Phuket International Academy, in Phuket, Thailand. http://www.thanyapura.com/mind-centre
For photographs of the Thanyapura Mind Center facility, click here
To listen to the podcast series recorded during the Shamatha & Four Immeasurables Spring Retreat in 2011, go to:
For Fall 2013 Podcast: click here
For Spring 2012 Podcast: click here
For Fall 2012 Podcast: click here
For Past Podcast: click here
For more about Shamatha meditation: Clik Here
For more about the Shamatha Project: Click Here