Fathom the Mind. Heal the World.
Lama Alan Wallace, Dr. Eva Natanya & Dr. Anuradha Choudry
October 1-7, 2022
Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and the Center for Contemplative Research.
The retreat is an opportunity to explore the interdenominational, inter-contemplative themes outlined by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his vision for The Center for Contemplative Research:
- The Buddhist meditative practices of śamatha and vipaśyanā
- Teachings on nonviolence and compassion from other revered Indian traditions
- Instruction in the contemplative traditions of Christianity
His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented the following vision, or mandate, for the Center for Contemplative Research:
“Regarding the plan to create a retreat center in the American State of Colorado that will also be a Center for Contemplative Research in collaboration with the scientific community, I say, ‘Excellent!’ It is clear to me that it will be of even greater benefit if this retreat center offers training not only in the view, meditation, and way of life of Buddhism, but also in the widespread, shared, non-violent way of life that has been taught in India from the ancient Sāṃkhya school onwards. There should be teaching, reflection, and meditation with respect to the view, including the presentation of cause and effect, and with respect to meditation, including śamatha and vipaśyanā. Likewise, there should also be instruction and reflection on the view, meditation, and way of life taught in the western traditions of Christianity.”
Each full day will consist of two 3-hour sessions, including lectures and meditations, ending with a one-hour session for questions and answers.
Day 1 (evening): Dr. B. Alan Wallace will give an introductory talk on the theories and practices that will be addressed in this retreat.
Day 2: Dr. Anuradha Choudry will lecture and lead meditations on the themes of non-violence and compassion—the two foundations of universal ethics—in India from the ancient Sāṃkhya school onwards.
Day 3 & 4: Dr. Wallace will lecture and lead meditations on śamatha and vipaśyanā and then on the view, meditation, according to the Great Perfection (Tib. Dzogchen, Skt. Mahāsandhi) school of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.
Days 5 & 6: Dr. Eva Natanya will lecture and lead meditations on the view, meditation, and conduct as presented in the Hesychast tradition of Christian contemplation.
Day 7 (morning): Dr. Choudry, Dr. Wallace, and Dr. Natanya will engage in a panel discussion concerning the integration of the themes highlighted by His Holiness, and the relevance of contemplative inquiry in the modern world.
The teachers for the retreat:
Dr. B. Alan Wallace is a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms. He left his university studies in 1971 and moved to Dharamsala, India to study Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, and language. He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, and over fourteen years as a monk he studied with and translated for many of the generation’s greatest lamas. In 1984 he resumed his Western education at Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, graduating summa cum laude. He then applied that background to his PhD research at Stanford on the interface between Buddhism and Western science and philosophy. Since 1987 he has been a frequent translator and contributor to meetings between the Dalai Lama and prominent scientists, and he has written and translated more than 40 books.
Along with his scholarly work, Alan is regarded as one of the West’s preeminent Buddhist meditation teachers. He is the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and of the Centers for Contemplative Research, with branches in Crestone, Colorado, Castellina Marittima, Italy, and the Matiri Valley in New Zealand.
Dr. Eva Natanya has served in many capacities as a practitioner, scholar, translator, and teacher of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, Christian theology, and comparative religion. Following a nine-year career as a professional ballet dancer with both the New York City Ballet and the Royal Ballet of England, she earned an MA in Christian Systematic Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation examined the complex interactions of Madhyamaka, Yogācāra, and Abhidharma teachings as they underlie the Vajrayāna philosophy of Je Tsongkhapa. In a Christian context, she co-authored Living Resurrected Lives: What It Means and Why It Matters with Veronica Mary Rolf.
She has spent more than three years in solitary meditation retreat, and now serves as hermitage director and resident teacher at the Center for Contemplative Research at Miyo Samten Ling in Crestone, Colorado.
Dr. Anuradha Choudry is presently the Coordinator for the Indian Knowledge Systems Division of the Ministry of Education, Government of India at AICTE, New Delhi, and a faculty member at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as a Member of the Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness and the Centre of Excellence for Indian Knowledge Systems at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. A multilingual Sanskritist, she works in the areas of Indian/Yoga Psychology, Philosophy and Culture and is a resource person for national and international organisations. A recipient of the Excellent Young Teacher’s Award at IIT Kharagpur in 2019, she has co-edited and co-authored Perspectives on Indian Psychology and Happiness: Indic Perspectives with Dr. Vinayachandra B. K., Director of Indica Yoga, and together they have also conducted two annual month-long Yogathons for the International Yoga Day for Indica Yoga.
The virtual retreat will offer both audio and video recordings of each day’s teachings.
All Q&A sessions, the teachings from Dr. Choudry and the final day panel discussion will be live. All other sessions will be recorded and made available within 24-36 hours.
Scholarships are available for monastics, those in full-time retreat and those needing additional financial assistance.
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