B. Alan Wallace

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B. Alan Wallace, Padma Samten, Marlene Rossi Severino Nobre, and Roberto Lúcio Vieira de Souza, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 2009

B. Alan Wallace (born 1950) is an American expert on Tibetan Buddhism. Wallace founded the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, and has focused on the relationships between science and Eastern philosophy. A 2006 Salon article said that Wallace "may be the American Buddhist most committed to finding connections between Buddhism and science."[1] His books outline contemporary findings among Eastern and Western scientific, philosophical, and contemplative modes of inquiry.

Life and career[edit]

Wallace received a Ph.D. in religious studies from Stanford University. His doctoral dissertation in 1995 was on The Cultivation of Sustained Voluntary Attention in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford notes that he "taught for four years in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara."[2]

Wallace founded the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies in 2003, with the objective of "furthering such interdisciplinary and cross-cultural investigation of the nature and potentials of consciousness and extending its benefits to the general public." [3] One of the institute's projects is the Shamatha Project, a longitudinal scientific study of the effects of intensive meditation training.[4] This matured, after preliminary phases of this project, into the International Shamatha Project (ISP).

Wallace worked with psychologist Paul Ekman and Eve Ekman on the Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) project. [5][6]

Selected works[edit]

Books published by major academic publishers:

  • The Taboo of Subjectivity: Toward a New Science of Consciousness Oxford University Press, 2000
  • Buddhism and Science: Breaking New Ground (ed.) Columbia University Press, 2003
  • Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment John Wiley & Sons, 2005
  • Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge. Columbia University Press, 2007
  • Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness Columbia University Press, 2007
  • Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity. Columbia University Press, 2009
  • Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic: A Manifesto for the Mind Sciences and Contemplative Practice, Columbia University Press, 2011

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Paulson, Steve (November 27, 2006). "Buddha on the brain". Salon. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ Alumni of Stanford's Buddhist Studies Program
  3. ^ Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies
  4. ^ "Meditation Research". 
  5. ^ "Home - Cultivating Emotional Balance". cultivatingemotionalbalance.org. 
  6. ^ Kemey, Margaret; Foltz, C.; Cavanagh, J. F.; Cullen, M.; Giese-Davis, J.; Jennings, P.; Rosenberg, E. L.; Gillath, O.; Shaver, P. R.; Wallace, B. A.; Ekman, P. (Dec 12, 2011). "Contemplative/Emotion Training Reduces Negative Emotional Behavior and Promotes Prosocial Responses" (PDF). Emotion (Winter). doi:10.1037/a0026118. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 

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