The origins and nature of the mind, as well as what happens at death remain mysteries to modern science, as does the mind-body problem.
Like every other natural phenomenon, if you wish to understand the mind scientifically, you must observe it closely, and the contemplative methods of Buddhism yield deep insights in this regard.
Such methods are discussed in this talk by B. Alan Wallace, who has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for the past 50 years—14 of them as an ordained Buddhist monk—under the guidance of H.H. the Dalai Lama and other Buddhist masters.
He is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and the Center for Contemplative Research in Crestone, Colorado. centerforcontemplativeresearch.org
Take-Aways from the event:
- Understand the mind, you must observe it closely.
- Observe the mind rigorously, stability and vividness of attention must be cultivated
- Fathom the origins of the mind, its nature, and potentials, and what happens at death, the mind must be stilled.
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About B. Alan Wallace:
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 philosophy of science, graduating summa cum laude. He then applied that background to his Ph.D. 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 Center for Contemplative Research in Crestone, Colorado.
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