Contemplative Observatory

Expanding on the vision for contemplative observatories

18 Mar 2011 by Alan Wallace | Comments Off on Expanding on the vision for contemplative observatories

Dr. B. Alan Wallace expands on his vision for establishment of a “contemplative observatory” – a center for long-term retreats as well as furthering research into the nature of mind and consciousness.

20 Jun 2013
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New research from the Shamatha Project

Click on the next link to learn about the new research from the Shamata Project:

Mindfulness from meditation associated with lower stress hormone :: UC Davis News & Information

The Shamatha Project is a Longitudinal Studies of Effects of Intensive Meditation Practice on Attention, Emotional Regulation, and Their Neural Correlates. Conducted by Dr. Clifford Saron from UC Davis and Dr. Alan Wallace.

27 Jan 2013
by Alan Wallace
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The following article appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Inquiring Mind.

By B. Alan Wallace
The whole of the Buddha’s teachings stems from compassion, the wish that all beings may be free from suffering and its causes. In today’s world, one of the most oppressive and debilitating kinds of suffering is depression. Far more than fleeting experiences of sadness, the clinically diagnosed mental disorder known as major depression is disabling in that it interferes with our ability to work, sleep, study, eat and enjoy once-pleasurable activities. The World Health Organization notes that mental ill health is increasing, and predicts that one in four persons will develop one or more mental disorders during their lives. By the year 2020, depression is expected to be the highest-ranking cause of disease in the developed world.

10 Nov 2012
by Alan Wallace
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Placebo Effect

‘The notion that the mind is passive, whatever its ontological status may be, has been thoroughly discredited by science. One of the clearest indications of this is the euphemism of the so-called “placebo effect.” I call this a euphemism because a placebo refers to a substance or treatment with no known effect on the condition being studied. Therefore, the effects that are observed, evidently caused by such mental processes as expectation, desire, hope, belief, and trust, are nominally attributed to something that is specifically designed ‘not’ to affect the condition being studied. The “nocebo effect” refers to the opposite: people expect they will experience something painful or afflictive, and that’s just what they get. In this case, their thoughts, emotions, and beliefs cause physical effects, but how these mind-body causal interactions occur is far from clear. Continue Reading →