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B. Alan Wallace, PhD

Cultivating Genuine Happiness and Mental Balance

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What You'll Learn

  • Explore how to cultivate genuine happiness and the role that training the mind plays in true contentment

  • Hear Alan describe his four-fold model of mental balance and how you can use it to increase your own well-being

  • Consider the power of first-person introspection as a key leverage point in transforming our emotional landscape

About B. Alan Wallace, PhD

Alan Wallace is a prominent Buddhist scholar, translator, and meditation teacher. He is the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and of the Centers for Contemplative Research in Colorado and Italy. Alan has participated in dialogues and research between Buddhists and scientists and is an outspoken critic of the detrimental limitations placed on science by the unquestioned beliefs of materialism. Discontinuing his university studies in 1971, he moved to Dharamsala, India to study Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, and language. He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama two years later and, over fourteen years as a monk, he studied with and translated for many of the generation’s greatest lamas. He received his PhD at Stanford, researching the interface between Buddhism and Western science and philosophy, with a focus on the contemplative cultivation of attention, mindfulness, and introspection. He has written and translated more than 40 books.

About Eve Ekman, PhD

Eve Ekman is a contemplative social scientist focusing on emotional awareness working in health care, wellbeing, and technology. Eve draws from interdisciplinary skills and first-person experiential knowledge from clinical social work, integrative medicine, contemplative science, and meditation. Eve is a Senior Fellow at the University of California Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, Director of Cultivating Emotional Balance Training Program, and volunteer clinical faculty at the UCSF Department of Pediatrics. Eve is a second-generation emotion researcher and has collaborated with her father, Paul Ekman, on the Atlas of Emotions project. Eve shares her dad's deep love of bagels and is a devout practitioner of cold water ocean play.

To learn more about her work you can visit the Atlas of Emotions, an online website for emotional awareness commissioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and co-created by Eve and Paul Ekman. You can also learn more about a contemplative science training for learning emotional balance that was founded by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman and is currently lead by Eve Ekman and a global teacher network at Cultivating Emotion Balance.

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  1. Mita May 4, 2021 at 7:02 am - Reply

    Thank you so much. Beautiful insight and understanding.

  2. Mita May 4, 2021 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Beautiful insight and understanding. Regards

  3. Carol May 4, 2021 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Hello, thank you very much for this seminar. I enjoyed this discussion because I am a school teacher and firmly believe in teaching kids the tools to understand their emotions early in life so they can grow into a great team to face the emergencies of our planet. Thank you for your clarity as many said before.

  4. Margareta Gudmundson May 4, 2021 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Oh! Everything is so interesting, so fantastic, so hopeful, so teaching … This goes for everything on day 1, and I am certain it will go for the following days too. Thank you so much for this free event!

  5. Lotten May 4, 2021 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Thank You!
    Your speach and thoughts are so nice and healing !
    I try to remember and use
    L from Finland 🙏

  6. Martha Ward May 4, 2021 at 11:16 am - Reply

    This is a real treasure in learning. I appreciate the mixture of known sages with new faces and the diversity in all aspects of the summit.

  7. Tamara Acosta Ramírez May 4, 2021 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Thank you for a lot of important thoughts and the invitation to open our minds.

  8. Nacho May 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Any way to save the recording on my laptop?

  9. IWONA May 4, 2021 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    This was beautifull, so clear and wise! Thank you so much!

  10. Daniel L. Doyle May 4, 2021 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Having retired recently after 3 decades of facilitating groups and teaching enhanced self-awareness, this conference brings me a deep reminder that my journey is alive and well. Props to the creators and presenters for designing this massive vehicle of hope and love.

  11. Corinne May 4, 2021 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks you Eve for this very interesting interview with Prof Wallace. I am enlighted and will listen again tomorrow with a clear and tested mind

  12. becky karadin May 4, 2021 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  13. Arjun Purohit May 4, 2021 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Wonderful insight to deeper part of psyche. I would love to have a transcript of this talk.

  14. Juliana May 4, 2021 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    I don’t hear the sound in this video, I can hear the introduction music in the beginning of the video but than the video is completely muted 😭😭😭

    • Daria Rudneva May 4, 2021 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      I have the same issue!

  15. Susanna May 4, 2021 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    This was really beautiful and illuminating. Thanks

  16. Paloma Benito May 4, 2021 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Thank you Eve and Alan Wallace, your interview has been an incredible source of inspiration for me. As a Middle School teacher in Madrid (Spain) I consider that our educational system needs to be renewed and the only way is to create a space for cultiving a deep well being throught the daily practice of Mindfulness and emotional knowledge, both with kids and teens, their families and the whole staff of principals and teachers.

  17. Helen MacWhite May 4, 2021 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Wonderful interview. Would so love to see it out there available to all. Such important messages so beautifully elucidated to guide all of us into future grounded in truly wise mind.

  18. Simone May 4, 2021 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Gente, como faço p acessar a legenda dos vídeos?

  19. Maria May 5, 2021 at 5:08 am - Reply

    Thank so much for this event! It was very helpful for understanding meaning of emotions. But I’d like to ask to prolong watching the first day interviews. Thank you❤🙏

  20. Maria May 5, 2021 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Thank so much for this event! It was very helpful for understanding meaning of emotions. But I’d like to ask you to prolong watching the first day interviews. Thank you❤🙏

  21. Yolanda May 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Impresive inspiring talk. Thank you so much for sharing!!! 🙌🏻

  22. Robert Paul May 6, 2021 at 8:04 am - Reply

    These presentations are quite good as psychological and philosophical discussions of views–especially Buddhist views–on how to address one of the two main categories of causes of suffering; conflicting emotions. However, the umbrella title is Science and Wisdom. Wisdom comes from addressing the other category: mistaken views about the nature of reality. Science is, I would argue, is the way to obtain correct views about the nature of reality. I find these discussions very weak–if not nearly non-existent–in addressing the role of science in this process. There are many broad, vague, emotional appeals to respecting the planet, society, each other and ourselves. Those are vital appeals, yet belong in the category of therapeutic solutions to conflicting emotions, or are appeals to what is ‘known by all’. Yet where is the science? I hear it in Alan Wallace’s standard rants against it–only Buddhism gives wisdom, he says; science is materialist nonsense, he says. Science is supposed to be a topic. Where is it?

    • Juan Carlos Marvizon May 8, 2021 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      I am with you, Robert. As a scientist, I find Allam Wallace rants against materialism quite confrontational and against the spirit of mutual respect.

      Scientists have an obligation to protect science and the scientific method. One of the foundational ideas of science is the causal closeness of the world: everything that happens in the physical world has to have a physical cause. Without that principle, anything goes, any magical explanation could be valid. Any fruitful dialog with scientists has to be framed in that principle. If somebody starts negating it, we are no longer in the realm of science but of religion.

      • Steve May 10, 2021 at 8:17 am - Reply

        As a fellow scientist who for the vast majority of my life and career shared your purely materialistic view of the universe before being awakened from my dogmatic slumber (to plagiarize a famous phrase) several years ago now by none other that Dr. B Alan Wallace himself – representing one of the most game changing eye opening moments I have ever experienced (in the spirit of Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure id Scientific Revolutions”), I would like to pose the following questions:

        Is the scientific method based on a set of unassailable assumptions such as for example an a priori belief in philosophical materialism? Or is it more compatible with the scientific method to be open to any and all reasoned arguments which challenge to our current beliefs and our own past assumptions? And, is spirited arguments between opposing viewpoints foreign to the debates that advance scientific discovery — in contradistinction to the practice of dogmatically reasserting ones own beliefs while summarily ruling out of court all empirically based reasoned arguments advanced by ones opponents?

        For it is within the context of the above admittedly largely rhetorical questions that I would like to point out that rather than dogmatically asserting anything at all, whatsoever, Dr. Wallace’s reasoned, empirically based argumentations, as far as I understand them, rest almost entirely on the following dual points:

        1) that quantum mechanics which represents perhaps the best tested modern day scientific theory of all necessitates the long replacement of material objects with statistical probability functions which, as the founders of QM themselves clearly stated, should never be reified. Yet together with the above clearly supported scientific hypothesis, such phenomena as superposition, and quantum entanglement leading to such paradoxes as Schrodinger’s Cat which have long since proved difficult to reconcile with classical 19th century philosophical materialism, and

        2) that those who continue to dogmatically defend materialism despite the well documented aforementioned results from experiment have likewise failed to provide a scintilla of evidence that brain states produce consciousness (which constitutes the most undeniable reality that human beings experience)
        nor do they propose any mechanism for how this occurs but instead resort to hand waving arguments claiming that the problems too complex but we will solve it eventually while they continue to ignore thousands of years of repeated rigorously applied introspective investigations into mental activity, which clearly constitute one of the most important contributions of Eastern societies to world culture.

        Thus, while I hugely admire the beautiful humility which practicing Buddhists like Dr. Wallace exhibit, under the pressure of the above circumstances it is hard for me to avoid not at all that humbly but nonetheless politely suggesting that those who choose to defend materialism would do well to seriously respond to Dr. Wallace’s above points if they are, in reality, capable of so doing.

  23. GP Acharya May 8, 2021 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Wallace himself resembles happiness!

  24. Carol Inugai-Dixon May 8, 2021 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    So lucid, coherent, motivating, hopeful.
    Thank you.

  25. CRISTIANE TAVARES ROMANO May 9, 2021 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Maravilhosa conversa! Inspiradora. Gratidão pelos ensinamentos e reflexões. Saio tocada e transformada ao final desse encontro.

  26. Inderjit May 9, 2021 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Amazing. Thank you!!

  27. PATRICIA ALVAREZ May 9, 2021 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    gracias por dejarnos tener acceso a toda esta información que ayuda a cambiar conductas en nosotros y nuestros seres queridos

  28. Kien May 10, 2021 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Alan’s passion is very inspiring. His vision of having 5-years old learn through lived experience the difference between eudaimonic happiness and hedonic happiness can help educators see the need to steer our school system away from the triad of materialism, hedonism, and consumerism. His leadership in producing contemplatives (first-person introspection) to complement psychologists (third-person research) will be a major paradigm shift in the evolution of scientific research in psychology. His 4-by-3 model seems to be a promising framework for categorizing mental disorders and may lead to greater understanding of certain psychiatric disorders. Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!

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