The CCN supports and promotes Dr Alan Wallace’s project to build a European Contemplative Observatory—a place where research  into the nature of contemplative consciousness can be fostered, and to create a worldwide Contemplative Observatory Network. This movement has been endorsed by the Dalai Lama who, in talking of a similar centre being started in Bangalore, said:

“I believe that the creation of such a centre will be a major step towards understanding the mind and applying the knowledge gained from this research to such fields as education, mental health, and business.”

Dalai Lama, November 21, 2012

We are particularly interested in supporting retreatants who are training their minds through the practices of shamatha (refining attention), vipashyana (contemplative inquiry) and the four immeasurables (cultivating loving kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity).

“Genuine Happiness…[is] gained not through the outer conquest of nature or the acquisition of wealth and fame, but through the conquest of our inner obscurations and the realization of the natural resources inherent in our hearts and minds.”

B. Alan Wallace, Genuine Happiness: Meditation as a Path to Fulfillment

The Contemplative Observatory Network collaborates with organizations and individuals from around the world to create facilities for long-term contemplative practice as well as scientific research on the benefits of sustained meditation. The vision, for bringing highly trained contemplatives together with scientists was first developed by Dr Wallace following discussions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Such collaboration has the potential to help our culture begin to truly understand meditation and its power to transform the mind and enhance wellbeing.

“The Good life is often envisioned as ever more acquisition and consumption…consuming external resource and spitting out the waste. But when we have 7 billion people and many of them focusing on that ideal of the good life, just how much longer do we think our planet can tolerate this? We have to think deeper”

B. Alan Wallace, Genuine Happiness: Meditation as a Path to Fulfillment

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