Four Kinds of Intelligence for Optimal Mental Health and Balance

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A Mindfulness Workshop with Dr. B. Alan Wallace

Sat 1st – Sun 2nd ~2019 ~ June Top Studio, Colet House, 151 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DA

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The principal meaning of “mindfulness” in English stems from the verb “to mind,” as in “bearing in mind” (e.g. “children, mind your manners,” and “mind what I say”). This meaning coincides closely with the traditional meaning of the corresponding terms in Asian contemplative traditions that we translate as “mindfulness.” In this workshop we will explore ways of applying mindfulness to the cultivation of four kinds of intelligence that deeply influence our daily lives:

The first kind of intelligence is conative. It refers to our desires, aspirations, values, and intentions. To a large extent, these aspirations determine the course of our lives. By developing conative intelligence we learn how to make wise decisions that truly benefit ourselves and others.

The second kind of intelligence is attentional. How we direct our attention plays an enormous role in determining our sense of who we are and the world around us. The cultivation of attentional intelligence—the ability to focus our attention with calmness and clarity—leads to optimal performance in everything we do.

The third kind of intelligence is cognitive. This is developed through clear, discerning mindfulness so that we come to see reality as it is, rather than confusing it with our own projections or failing to see things because of our cognitive biases.

The fourth kind of intelligence is emotional, and this is cultivated by developing greater awareness of our emotions and our triggers, and by maintaining an inner calm and open-heartedness through all the vicissitudes of life.

Over the weekend we will explore how these kinds of intelligence can be developed, in order to enhance health and discover an ever-deepening sense of well-being.

The non-residential weekend will consist of talks, guided meditations and Q&A sessions.

Please bring your own meditation cushion if you intend to sit on the floor. Chairs are also provided! Bring your own refreshments. There are many shops nearby.


This is a 2-day event :

  • £80 for both days
  • £40 (Concession for students, unwaged, retired) for both days
  • Day tickets – please contact Jude at to reserve a place
  • Monastics Gratis – please contact Jude at to reserve a place

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About Alan Wallace

Alan Wallace is an internationally recognised Buddhist teacher and scholar who has studied and practiced Buddhism for over 45 years. He spent 14 years as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama and he has studied with many great teachers from the Tibetan and Theravada schools.

He also brings deep insight into mindfulness as taught in secular movements and spiritual traditions other than Buddhism. Apart from his training in Buddhism, Dr Alan has a degree in physics and philosophy of science, and a doctorate in religious studies.

Drawing on this multi-faceted background, he brings many years of dedicated and profound practice to the challenge of integrating traditional Buddhist training with the needs of the modern world.

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