“Sounds of Peace” Concert and Talk with Nawang Khechog

Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling

September 23, 2023: Crestone, CO

World-renowned, Grammy-nominated Tibetan flutist and friend of the CCR Nawang Khechog will perform at the CCR in Crestone on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. at the CCR center in Crestone.

— “Sounds of Peace” performance with flute, wind instruments, and chants

— Talk on the Buddha’s “Peaceful and Serene Being” and the essence of Buddha’s teachings

— Sharing Eight Verses of Mind Training by Langri Thangpa

Part of the mission of the CCR is to foster interdisciplinary, inter-contemplative, and inter-religious dialogue around the shared relevance of contemplative practice and insights across the world’s diverse traditions, and to share this bounty with our local and global communities. The Sounds of Peace Concert is offered in this spirit to the local Crestone community and to our global community-at-large.

Nawang Khechog brings his own contemplative experience to his craft, having been a monk and hermit meditator for many years, guided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

For more information about Nawang Khechog, visit his website.

2023 8-Week Retreat The Vajra Essence – Part IV

Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling

March 31 – May 27, 2023

Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and the Center for Contemplative Research.

During this 8-week retreat, Lama Alan will grant an oral transmission and commentary to Düdjom Lingpa’s revealed treatise, The Vajra Essence, picking up where we left off last May.

Please read all of the details below for more information on the teachings and additional details about the retreat.

The most important prerequisite for participating in this retreat is that all applicants must have already listened to the oral transmission and commentary on the opening phases of The Vajra Essence by Lama Alan given during the first retreat in this series, offered during April – May, 2020 via either the SBI audio-stream or the Wisdom online retreat.

You must have completed this before this retreat begins.

Fathom the Mind. Heal the World. with
Lama Alan Wallace, Dr. Eva Natanya & Dr. Anuradha Choudry

Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling

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.”

New Zealand Events

Refining Attention Skills with Dr. B. Alan Wallace

Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling

Dunedin, New Zealand
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November 2022

Two-day in person meditation retreat

Dr Wallace is widely regarded as one of the West’s preeminent meditation teachers and retreat guides. He is also a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms. Dr Wallace 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.

During this retreat, Dr Wallace will provide guidance on how to develop shamatha (“serene presence of mind”) to cultivate an inner sense of ease, stillness, and clarity of attention. These qualities are the indispensable foundation for all meditative practices and are a direct route to genuine well-being.

The cultivation of such attentional balance and clarity has been found to enhance performance and creativity, reduce stress, support mental health, and lead to personal transformation in everyday life. Such attention skills are also central to the development of a focused mind and an open heart.

Sponsored by The Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa

Venue: Knox College, 3 Arden St, North East Valley, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Lama Tsongkhapa and the Great Perfection: with Dr. B. Alan Wallace and Dr. Eva Natanya

Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling
Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling

Nelson, New Zealand
Wednesday 30th November and Thursday 1st December 2022

Two-day in person retreat

Views of Emptiness, Dependent Origination, and the Indwelling Mind of Clear Light

Lama Alan Wallace and Eva Natanya will explore the profound unity and distinct qualities of the paths of the Great Perfection as explained within the Nyingma school and in Highest Yoga Tantra as explained by Lama Tsongkhapa.

Through listening and guided meditations, participants will come to understand the deeper compatibility between Geluk and Nyingma approaches to the Middle Way view, despite apparent differences, and discover how to make the ground of reality manifest within their own experience.

Venue: Fairfield House, 48 Van Diemen Street, Nelson, New Zealand.

Sponsored by The Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa

Weekly Meditations with Glen Svensson

Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling


Full recordings of Glen’s weekly meditation classes held last year for the Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa, from October 3rd 2021 to March 13th 2022 are available.