Alan’s dream is now coming to fruition with the establishment of the Centre for Contemplative Research (CCR) near the town of Castellina Marittima in Tuscany, Italy.
The CCR is dedicated to researching the role and methods of the ancient contemplative practices of Shamatha and Vipashyana, and their involvement in mental health and wellbeing and to fathoming the nature and origins of human consciousness.
The programme will build on the results of the Shamatha Project (http://www.shamatha.org). It will be guided by a stellar Scientific Advisory Board that includes the Nobel Prize-winning biologist Elizabeth Blackburn (Director, Salk Institute), neuroscientist and clinical psychologist David Presti (UC Berkeley), theoretical physicist Marcelo Gleiser (Director of the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College), and philosopher Michel Bitbol (Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). Cognitive scientists at the University of Pisa, the University of Trent, and the Sculoa Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa are committed to conducting research in collaboration with the CCR.
Alan and his dedicated team have the opportunity to purchase two stunning parcels of land in the rolling hills of Tuscany: 5 hectares for the proposed 21 meditation cabins and a lovely 13 room villa on the adjacent property for the resident teachers, staff, and visiting scientists. The CCR is very close to the world-famous Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, a leading Buddhist centre and international school for studies in Buddhist philosophy and psychology.
It is the perfect setting for this exciting and ground-breaking endeavor.
The CCR team now needs your support.
A group of enthusiastic dedicated students and supporters have pledged €550,000 towards the purchase of the properties. An additional €500,000 is urgently needed to secure the land
We are asking you to come together to raise the required €500,000. The future of the CCR depends on meeting this urgent and most important milestone.
The CCR team anticipates purchasing the properties in fall, 2018. Construction of the cabins and renovation of the villa will begin in spring 2019 with project completion by mid-2020 when the CCR will welcome meditators to begin the transformation of humanity’s understanding of the nature of genuine well-being and consciousness.
Please join us to make this vision a reality.
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