A Contemplative Science of Consciousness
Recorded November 9-16, 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA
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 seeks to understand phenomena under investigation by direct observation, rather than focusing merely on correlated events.
In this week-long retreat, Lama Alan Wallace explains three dimensions of consciousness: that of the ordinary mind, or psyche; the underlying, subtle continuum of awareness known as consciousness; and the deepest, transcendent dimension of primordial consciousness. He also discusses how each of these dimensions can be experientially discovered through first-person investigation.
The “A Contemplative Science of Consciousness” retreat is available via audio recording, video recording and DVD.