A Contemplative Science of Mental Balance
Recorded February 2-9, 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA
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 well-being 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:
cognitive (having to do with one’s aspirations and intentions), attentional, cognitive, and emotional. In this retreat, Lama Alan Wallace explains each of these four aspects of mental balance and how to cultivate each one. This is the basis for realizing the deepest dimensions of genuine happiness, which arises from the wisdom of knowing reality as it is.
The retreat consists of lectures, guided meditations, and discussions.
Joining this retreat for insightful commentary is Paul Ekman, Ph.D., a renowned pioneer in the study of human emotions and their relation to facial expressions. Dr Ekman is one of the most cited psychologists of the 20th century and has coled numerous Cultivating Emotional Balance retreats with Lama Alan Wallace, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Institute.
The “A Contemplative Science of Mental Balance – February 2014” retreat is available via audio recording, video recording and DVD.