Dr Alan Wallace

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Dr B Alan Wallace is the Honorary President of CCN and the driving force behind much that we do.  As a student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a practitioner for over 45 years, Alan promotes a contemplative science of the mind for the modern world, which draws on 2000 years of Buddhist mind science and meditation practice.  Alan has studied with many great teachers from the Geluk, Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, and Theravada schools. His profound experience of Buddhist philosophy and practice means that he is able to teach the theory and practice of Buddhism in a way that is easily understood by westerners.

The main platform from which Alan teaches Buddhism today is the Great Perfection (Dzogchen). These practices, while deeply embedded in Tibetan Buddhism, resonate with teachings in all religious traditions and also with the modern exploration of the universe through quantum physics.

Alan is a world-renowned meditation teacher, specialising in śamatha and vipaśyanā and Dzogchen teachings.   He also brings deep insight and extensive knowledge of mindfulness as taught in secular movements and spiritual traditions other than Buddhism.  In 2000 he collaborated with Dr. Paul Ekman to produce a secular 8-week training known as Cultivating Emotional Balance which includes a significant mindfulness component.  The training has been run each year since in England, Scotland, Australia, Spain, Singapore, and Italy.

Apart from his training in Buddhism, Alan has a degree in physics and philosophy of science and a doctorate in religious studies.  Drawing on this multi-dimensional background, he brings the wisdom of authentic experience and dedicated and profound practice to the challenge of integrating traditional Buddhist training with the needs of the modern world.

See below a range of video talks by Alan.

Why Practice?  A 6 minute video of Alan Wallace explaining why it is important to practice.  With Portugese subtitles.
How Things Exist - teachings on emptiness. A talk given by Alan Wallace during a 7 day retreat at Gaunts House, UK (2015)
This talk was recorded live as a part of the Wisdom Academy course Introduction to Dzogchen.  We hear how Alan’s spiritual path began and what drew him to Dzogchen.  July 2016
Mindfulness of Science: Contemplative Science and Objective Science.  In this talk, given in Copenhagen in 2015, Alan Wallace explains how mindfulness can make a contribution to science.