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A presentation of lecture recordings from courses and retreats with B. Alan Wallace. Select the course titles below to view course content and listen online or subscribe to each as a podcast.

“The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers,” “Buddhahood Without Meditation” and “The Fine Path to Liberation” with B. Alan Wallace

03 Apr 2017 – 30 May 2017, Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Tuscany, Italy0% transcribed

During this eight-week retreat Alan Wallace will give detailed oral commentaries on two of the five classic Dzogchen treatises by Düdjom Lingpa, The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers and Buddhahood Without Meditation, in addition to the brief text on the preliminary practices for Dzogchen by Sera Khandro, entitled The Fine Path to Liberation. These three texts cover the preliminary practices, shamatha, vipashyana, and the practice of cutting through to the original purity of pristine awareness. It is said that for very gifted practitioners, these meditations are sufficient for achieving the Rainbow Body. This will be the first in a series of 8-week retreats in which commentaries and oral transmissions will be offered for all five of these treatises: The Sharp Vajra of Conscious Awareness Tantra (2018), The Enlightened View of Samantabhadra (2019), and The Vajra Essence (2020-2023).

Anyone interested in applying for this online retreat should carefully study this short text: The Fine Path to Liberation (PDF; 169 KB) and decide for themselves whether they are prepared to engage in these practices as they relate to the teacher of this retreat, to their fellow retreatants, and to sentient beings at large. This is an indispensable prerequisite for participating in this retreat and should be taken very seriously. Anyone who is willing to devote themselves to these preliminary practices and to apply themselves to the teachings in this text with faith and devotion is welcome to apply.

Full and partial scholarships will be provided for those who cannot afford these fees, and all proceeds beyond the administrative costs of creating these recordings will go to support aspiring practitioners who are devoting themselves full time to following this path of the Great Perfection. Glen Svensson, the assistant instructor will respond to questions from those listening online, so this will be the first interactive 8-week retreat by way of audio stream.

Please note that the prerequisites to those listening via audio stream: One must have genuine interest in practicing the dharma and must have read the text, “The Fine Path to Liberation.”

Registration Closed.

Please email info@sbinstitute.com if you have any questions.

THE COURSE WILL BE RESTRICTED TO THOSE WHO ARE REGISTERED

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Education and Pursuit of Happiness

01 Jan 2017, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA0% transcribed

B. Alan Wallace lecture at the Religious Studies Class at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

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Tonglen Meditations

17 Oct 2016 – 20 Nov 2016, Sakya Foundation, Spain100% transcribed

This morning Alan gave a talk about the result of the US election during the 5-week Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training Course in Alicante, Spain.

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A Meditation Retreat on Shamatha, Vipashyana, Mahamudra, and Dzogchen

29 Mar 2016 – 24 May 2016, Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Italy 20% transcribed

Spring 8-Week retreat on Shamatha, Vipashyana, and Mahamudra, based upon two texts: Panchen Lozang Chökyi Gyaltsen’s Highway of the Jinas: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyü Mahamudra Tradition, and Karma Chagmé’s Naked Awareness: Practical Teachings on the Union.

During this year’s 8-week retreat Alan will grant the oral transmission and commentary to the teachings on the root text The Highway of the Jinas: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyü Mahamudra Tradition and its auto-commentary by Panchen Lozang Chökyi Gyaltsen, tutor to the Fifth Dalai Lama. In addition, Alan shall grant the oral transmission and commentary to selected chapters from Naked Awareness: Practical Teachings on the Union of Mahāmudrā and Dzogchen by the great 17th-century master Karma Chagmé. Participants in this retreat should have a sound understanding of the Sutrayana teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, and have experience in the practices of shamatha, the four applications of mindfulness, and the four immeasurables.

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Fall 2015 Stage of Generation, Shamatha, Vipashyana and Mahamudra

30 Jul 2015 – 24 Sep 2015, Araluen Retreat Center, Queensland, Australia4% transcribed

This eight-week retreat will focus on stage of generation, shamatha, vipashyana and mahamudra.

Participants in this retreat should have a sound understanding of the Sutrayana teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, and have experience in the practices of shamatha, the four applications of mindfulness, and the four immeasurables.

Please read the text, A Spacious Path to Freedom: Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga, by the great 17th-century master Karma Chagmé (from the chapter “The Stage of Generation” up through “Mahamudra”). The book can be purchased from SBI here.

Please contribute to help us afford the audio equipment we rent to make these, and future podcasts.

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Fall 2014 Shamatha, Vipashyana, Dream Yoga, and the Experience of Pristine Awareness in the Great Perfection Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

21 Aug 2014 – 16 Oct 2014, Thanyapura Mind Centre, Phuket, Thailand33% transcribed

This eight-week retreat will focus on three of the six transitional processes, namely:

  • the Transitional Process of Living, with teachings on śamatha and vipaśyanā,
  • the Transitional Process of Dreaming, with teachings on dream yoga, and
  • the Transitional Process of Meditation with teachings on Dzogchen meditation.

All these teachings will be based on the text The Profound Dharma of The Natural Emergence of the Peaceful and Wrathful from Enlightened Awareness Stage of Completion Instructions on the Six Transitional Processes, an “earth terma” of teachings by Padmasambhava, revealed by Karma Lingpa in the fourteen century.

The English translation of this text has been published under the title Natural Liberation: Padmasambhava’s Teachings on the Six Bardos, with commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche and translated by B. Alan Wallace.

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Fall 2013 Shamatha and the Bodhisattva Way of Life

03 Sep 2013 – 25 Oct 2013, Thanyapura Mind Centre, Phuket, Thailand2% transcribed

Alan Wallace Fall 2013 8-Week retreat on Shamatha and the Bodhisattva Way of Life, including teachings on the Seven-Point Mind-Training and A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, by B. Alan Wallace at the Thanyapura Mind Centre in Phuket, Thailand, from September 2nd- October 28th, 2013

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Fall 2012 Shamatha, Vipashyana and the Four Applications of Mindfulness

25 Aug 2012 – 17 Oct 2012, Thanyapura Mind Centre, Phuket, Thailand100% transcribed

Teachings from the eight-week retreat at Thanyapura Mind Centre, Phuket, Thailand

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Spring 2012 Shamatha Retreat

08 Apr 2012 – 30 May 2012, Thanyapura Mind Centre, Phuket, Thailand0% transcribed

Spring 2012 shamatha retreat audio teachings with Alan Wallace. Live from the Thanyapura Mind Centre in Phuket, Thailand.

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Fall 2011 Shamatha Retreat

02 Sep 2011 – 21 Oct 2011, Thanyapura Mind Centre, Phuket, Thailand0% transcribed

Dharma talks and guided meditations given six days per week during the Fall, 2011 eight-week Shamatha retreat at the Thanyapura Mind Centre in Phuket, Thailand, with B. Alan Wallace. Podcasts will be posted daily during the retreat.

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Spring 2011 Shamatha Retreat

10 Apr 2011 – 04 Jun 2011, Thanyapura Mind Centre, Phuket, Thailand0% transcribed

Dharma talks and guided meditations given six days per week during the Spring, 2011 eight-week Shamatha retreat at the Thanyapura Mind Centre in Phuket, Thailand, with B. Alan Wallace. Podcasts will be posted daily during the retreat.

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Fall 2010 Shamatha Retreat

15 Nov 2010 – 30 Dec 2010, Thanyapura Mind Centre, Phuket, Thailand0% transcribed

Welcome! On this site you’ll find downloadable podcasts from the Fall 2010 Shamatha Retreat led by B. Alan Wallace in Phuket, Thailand.  Follow along with the retreat as Wallace gives daily meditation instructions to help one cultivate attention and awareness as well as the qualities of love, compassion, joy and equanimity. 

We hope you will enjoy and benefit from these beautiful teachings!

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Spring 2010 Shamatha Retreat

20 Apr 2010 – 11 Jun 2010, Thanyapura Mind Centre, Phuket, Thailand0% transcribed

This is Dr. Alan Wallace’s teachings from the Spring 2010 Shamatha Retreat in the wonderful Phuket International Academy Mind Centre.

This podcast feed was 100% created and updated by us (his students here in Phuket) so we can share Alan’s diamond-sharp teachings.

This podcast was created live every day during the retreat in 2010.

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