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Where do theism and non-theism converge?

The eight session of Unified Consciousness series
Alan Wallace

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Alan Wallace

Alan Wallace is a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms. He left his college studies in 1971 and moved to Dharamsala, India to study Tibetan Buddhism, medicine and language. He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, and over fourteen years as a monk he studied with and translated for several of the generation’s greatest lamas. In 1984 he resumed his Western education at Amherst College where he studied physics and the philosophy of science. He then applied that background to his PhD research at Stanford on the interface between Buddhism and Western science and philosophy. Since 1987 he has been a frequent translator and contributor to meetings between the Dalai Lama and prominent scientists, and he has written and translated more than 40 books. Along with his scholarly work, Alan is regarded as one of the West’s preeminent meditation teachers and retreat guides. He is the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and is the motivating force behind the development of the Center for Contemplative Research in Tuscany, Italy.

Date

Oct 25 2022

Time

French time
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location

Online

Conducted via Zoom or live-stream.

Trained in science, monastic discipline and scholarship in Buddhist thought, Alan Wallace has long opposed the false dogmatism of materialism. He says that if we read the biblical account of Creation as a starting point of theism and the Buddhist presentation of samsara as generated by the karma of its inhabitants as showing the non-theism of a Buddhist worldview, a fundamental incompatibility between them seems obvious. But in the Christian doctrine of the Trinity and the Mahayana Buddhist doctrine of the omnipresent, divine consciousness of the Dharmakaya pervading the mind-streams of all sentient beings, then the opposition between Christian theism and Buddhist nontheism begins to fade.

Finally, when we encounter God ,as understood in Christian mysticism, and the Primordial Buddha, seen as the ultimate ground of being in the Great Perfection school of Tibetan Buddhism, we may discover a common ground that encompasses both traditions while still honoring their differences.

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Alan Wallace

Leader

Alan Wallace

Alan Wallace is a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms. He left his college studies in 1971 and moved to Dharamsala, India to study Tibetan Buddhism, medicine and language. He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, and over fourteen years as a monk he studied with and translated for several of the generation’s greatest lamas. In 1984 he resumed his Western education at Amherst College where he studied physics and the philosophy of science. He then applied that background to his PhD research at Stanford on the interface between Buddhism and Western science and philosophy. Since 1987 he has been a frequent translator and contributor to meetings between the Dalai Lama and prominent scientists, and he has written and translated more than 40 books. Along with his scholarly work, Alan is regarded as one of the West’s preeminent meditation teachers and retreat guides. He is the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and is the motivating force behind the development of the Center for Contemplative Research in Tuscany, Italy.

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