EVENTS

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

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.

The virtual retreat will offer both audio and video recordings. Some sessions will be live while others will be recorded and made available within 24-36 hours. All Q&A sessions, the teachings from Dr. Choudry and the final day panel discussion will be live. All other sessions will be recorded.

DAILY SCHEDULE

Day 1 (evening): Dr. B. Alan Wallace will give an introductory talk on the need for a renaissance of contemplative inquiry in the world’s religious traditions and what that would entail.

Day 2: Dr. Anuradha Choudry will teach and lead meditations that draw out experiential understanding of non-violence and compassion (ahimsā and karuṇa) as understood in Sanskrit literature and the philosophical perspectives, or darśana, of India. She will guide practitioners to understand non-violence in all its subtle nuances, and to see the fundamental relationships that we have with ourselves and the world around us, which in turn facilitates a more spontaneous expression of compassion.

Day 3 & 4: Dr. Wallace will teach and lead meditations on the sixteen stages of śamatha and vipaśyanā by way of mindfulness of breathing, as taught in the Pāli Canon and Mahāyāna tradition. He will then draw out distinct approaches to śamatha and vipaśyanā found within the Vajrayāna, including the Great Perfection school of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 5 & 6: Dr. Eva Natanya will teach and lead meditations that offer a fresh, experiential perspective on the “Christian mandala” with Christ at its center. She will share some core elements of the worldview that inspires the Christian contemplative tradition, its path of meditation (including the stages of purification, illumination, and ultimately union with God), as well as its mystical way of life, which seeks to actualize the glory of resurrection even now, in our world.

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, the challenges and benefits of interreligious practice, and the urgent need for contemplative inquiry in the modern world.

For full details and to register:

REGISTER FOR THE VIRTUAL RETREAT
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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.

Cost per person NZ$100

Accommodation in private rooms plus three meals is available for the weekend at Knox College for NZ$400 per person.

To register please email: info@centreforcontemplativeresearch.nz

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.

Cost per person NZ$100

Sponsored by The Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa

To register please email: info@centreforcontemplativeresearch.nz

Weekly Meditations with Glen Svensson

Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling

LINK TO RECORDED SESSIONS

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.

ACCESS RECORDED SESSIONS