Workshop Dr. B. Alan Wallace

Mindfulness in the Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

In Dzogchen meditation on the nature of the mind, mindfulness is central to the practice of observing the space of the mind and its contents, including the thoughts, emotions etc.. On the basis of this mindfulness, consciousness settles into its own natural state. A meditator can then realize the substrate consciousness (skt. alayavijñana), the relative ground state of the mind.

 

On that basis, he or she applies mindfulness to the cultivation of insight, or vipashyana, to realize the ultimate nature of all phenomena. Ultimately, mindfulness is used to realize all phenomena as displays of the absolute space of phenomena (dharmadhatu) and thereby recognize one’s own nature as primordial consciousness, which is indivisible from that space. This workshop will consist of brief talks, guided meditations, and time for discussion.

Dr. B. Alan Wallace

began his studies of Tibetan Buddhism in 1970 in Germany and has taught Buddhist meditation and philosophy worldwide since 1976 and has served as interpreter for numerous Tibetan scholars and contemplatives, including the Dalai Lama. After earning his undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at from Amherst College in 1987, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in religious studies at Stanford University. He is the founder and President of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and Director and Chairman of the Phuket International Academy Mind Centre in Thailand. He is author and translater of more than 30 books, e.g. „The Attention Revolution, Wisdom Publications 2006.