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European Contemplative Observatory
Transcript of European Contemplative Observatory
Rationale for a Contemplative Observatory
Dr. Wallace, is a renowned Buddhist scholar, meditation teacher, author and scientist. He has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford. He has collaborated with renowned scientists such as Richard Davdison, Paul Ekman and Cliff Saron in furthering scientific research on meditation. In 2007 conducted the Shamatha Project, a pioneering study on Longitudinal Studies of Effects of Intensive Meditation Practice on Attention, Emotional Regulation, and Their Neural Correlates with scientists from UCDavis, and with the endorsement of HH Dalai Lama.
Vision for a
Contemplative Observatory and Mind center in Europe
The Contemplative Consciousness Network seeks to bring together Contemplative Practices with the Scientific Study of Consciousness, especially from a first person perspective.
A facility for long-term retreats , where contemplatives of all Buddhist and non-Buddhist traditions can come to train their minds in the practices for cultivating refined states of attention and cultivating emotional balance. A Mind Center is a retreat center for short term programs to prepare practitioners to go into long-term retreat.
Brain scans, EEG measurements, behavioral studies and questionnaires have shown the influence of meditation on the brain and behavior.
A CO is a place where meditators and scientists can collaborate together, and where retreatants can follow the contemplative training presented by Dr. Alan Wallace, at a very accessible cost.
Dr. Alan Wallace, Phd
Altachorvie is an ideal property on the isle of Arran
All programs would be open to people of any spiritual background or none.
Hold dialogue events between contemplatives of different traditions.
Courses and follow up retreat for learning and teaching the Cultivating Emotional Balance programme developed by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman at the request of the Dalai Lama. http://www.cultivatingemotionalbalance.org/
We already have a community of people in Europe wishing to participate in this project and about 20 of them seeking for doing long term retreat at CO-EU (Contemplative Observatory-Europe) which will be linked with the center planned in India with HHDL's endorsement.
A project for Europe's Contemplative Observatory and Mind Centre
Ways in which you can get involved:
Be part of our community as a student, contemplative or scientist
Help us raise the funds for realizing this project that will benefit many beings. (for details ask for the financials summary document).
Help us purchase the property
To donate visit:
Group retreats let by our instructors and teachers from various traditions.
The main program will offer retreats on:
Shamatha (Attentional Trainning)
The Four Immeasurables
The Four Applications of Mindfulness
Facilities and support for short and long term solitary retreats
The main Contemplative Program will be based on the teachings of Dr. Wallace
Modeled after the Human Genome Project.
In collaboration with organizations and individuals from around the world, we are joining a worldwide network of contemplative observatories
linked to facilitate long-term contemplative practice as well as scientific research on the benefits of sustained meditation.
with each other
with Santa Barbara's Mind Center as the headquarters.
Previously a guest house, it has facilities for receiving large groups
Thirteen individual rooms for private retreats
Large teaching hall for gatherings
To learn more about the rationale for creating a Network of Contemplative Observatories, click here
The achievement of highly refined states of focused attention, trained inwardly, transcending the limitations of the normal human psyche, sheds light on dimensions of consciousness that are not contingent upon the brain.
If this discovery is valid and can be replicated by anyone with sufficient contemplative training—regardless of their metaphysical beliefs—this will shift the modern understanding of the mind from a “materiocentric” to an “empircocentric” view.
This will herald the first scientific revolution in the mind sciences, in which experience will once again triumph over dogma, and antiquated metaphysical beliefs about the nature and potentials of consciousness will be defeated by rigorous observation.
Foster a local community of volunteers and supporters.
Operate facilities using ecological and sustainable best practices.
Develop links with scientists who may wish to collaborate with contemplatives in the study of the origins of consciousness and effects of pro-longed meditation on the mind/heart of those who undertake them.
Have volunteer programmes for people wishing to work at the centre in exchange for retreat.
We will offer Meditation and other related courses for the local sangha.