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.