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Wallace, B. Alan

Works: 161 works in 446 publications in 1 language and 12,569 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Commentaries  Sacred books  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Prayers and devotions 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: BQ3142.E5, 294.34435
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by B. Alan Wallace
Contemplative science : where Buddhism and neuroscience converge by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

17 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Science has long treated religion as a set of personal beliefs that havelittle to do with a rational understanding of the mind and the universe. However, B. Alan Wallace, a respected Buddhist scholar, proposes that the contemplativemethodologies of Buddhism and of Western science are capable of being integratedinto a single discipline: contemplative science. The science ofconsciousness introduces first-person methods of investigating the mind throughBuddhist contemplative techniques, such as samatha, anorganized, detailed system of training the attention. Just as scientists makeobservations and conduct experiments with the aid of technology, contemplatives havelong tested their own theories with the help of highly developed meditative skillsof observation and experimentation. Contemplative science allows for a deeperknowledge of mental phenomena, including a wide range of states of consciousness, and its emphasis on strict mental discipline counteracts the effects of conative(intention and desire), attentional, cognitive, and affectiveimbalances."--Jacket
Buddhism & science : breaking new ground by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buddhism and Science brings together distinguished philosophers, Buddhist scholars, physicists, and cognitive scientists to examine the contrasts and connections between the worlds of Western science and Eastern spirituality. This compilation was inspired by a suggestion made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, himself one of the contributors, after one of a series of cross-cultural scientific dialogues in Dharamsala, India, sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute. Other contributors such as William L. Ames, Matthieu Ricard, and Stephen LaBerge assess not only the fruits of inquiry fr
Hidden dimensions : the unification of physics and consciousness by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bridging the gap between the world of science and the realm of the spiritual, B. Alan Wallace introduces a natural theory of human consciousness that has its roots in contemporary physics and Buddhism. Wallace's "special theory of ontological relativity" suggests that mental phenomena are conditioned by the brain, but do not emerge from it. Rather, the entire natural world of mind and matter, subjects and objects, arises from a unitary dimension of reality that is more fundamental than these dualities, as proposed by Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung. To test his hypothesis, Wallace employs the Buddhist meditative practice of samatha, refining one's attention and metacognition, to create a kind of telescope to examine the space of the mind. Drawing on the work of the physicist John Wheeler, he then proposes a more general theory in which the participatory nature of reality is envisioned as a self-excited circuit. In comparing these ideas to the Buddhist theory known as the Middle Way philosophy, Wallace explores further aspects of his "general theory of ontological relativity," which can be investigated by means of vipasyana, or insight, meditation. Wallace then focuses on the theme of symmetry in reference to quantum cosmology and the "problem of frozen time," relating these issues to the theory and practices of the Great Perfection school of Tibetan Buddhism. He concludes with a discussion of the general theme of complementarity as it relates to science and religion. The theories of relativity and quantum mechanics were major achievements in the physical sciences, and the theory of evolution has had an equally deep impact on the life sciences. However, rigorous scientific methods do not yet exist to observe mental phenomena, and naturalism has its limits for shedding light on the workings of the mind. A pioneer of modern consciousness research, Wallace offers a practical and revolutionary method for exploring the mind that combines the keenest insights of contemporary physicists and philosophers with the time-honored meditative traditions of Buddhism."--Publisher description
Embracing mind : the common ground of science and spirituality by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is mind? For this ancient question we are still seeking answers. B. Alan Wallace and Brian Hodel propose a science of the mind based on the contemplative wisdom of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Christianity, and Islam." "The authors begin by exploring the history of science, showing how science tends to ignore the mind, even while it is understood to be the very instrument through which we comprehend the world of nature. They then propose a contemplative science of mind based on the sophisticated techniques of meditation that have been practiced for thousands of years in the great spiritual traditions. The final section presents meditations that are of universal relevance - to scientists and people of all faiths - for revealing new dimensions of consciousness and human flourishing." "Embracing Mind moves us beyond the dogmatic debates between theists and atheists over Intelligent Design and Neo-Darwinism, and it returns us to the vital core of science and spirituality: deepening our experience of reality as a whole."--Jacket
Meditations of a Buddhist skeptic : a manifesto for the mind sciences and contemplative practice by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned Buddhist philosopher B. Alan Wallace reasserts the power of shamatha and vipashyana, traditional Buddhist meditations, to clarify the mind's role in the natural world. Raising profound questions about human nature, free will, and experience versus dogma, Wallace challenges the claim that consciousness is nothing more than an emergent property of the brain with little relation to universal events. Rather, he maintains that the observer is essential to measuring quantum systems and that mental phenomena (however conceived) influence brain function and behavior. Wallace embarks on a two-part mission: to restore human nature and to transcend it. He begins by explaining the value of skepticism in Buddhism and science and the difficulty of merging their experiential methods of inquiry. Yet Wallace also proves that Buddhist views on human nature and the possibility of free will liberate us from the metaphysical constraints of scientific materialism. He then explores the radical empiricism inspired by William James and applies it to Indian Buddhist philosophy's four schools and the Great Perfection school of Tibetan Buddhism. Since Buddhism begins with the assertion that ignorance lies at the root of all suffering and that the path to freedom is reached through knowledge, Buddhist practice can be viewed as a progression from agnosticism (not knowing) to gnosticism (knowing), acquired through the maintenance of exceptional mental health, mindfulness, and introspection. Wallace discusses these topics in detail, identifying similarities and differences between scientific and Buddhist understanding, and he concludes with an explanation of shamatha and vipashyana and their potential for realizing the full nature, origins, and potential of consciousness
The bridge of quiescence : experiencing Tibetan Buddhist meditation by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This challenging new work examines practical techniques for training the attention. It will be of interest to seasoned contemplatives, to general readers concerned with meditation, to philosophers of mind, and to cognitive scientists."--BOOK JACKET. "The book includes a translation, with commentary, of Tsongkhapa's classic fifteenth-century discussion of methods for developing exceptionally high degrees of attentional stability and clarity. Such enhancement and refining of the attention is an indispensable prerequisite to rigorous, introspective enquiry into the nature of the mind. Insights gleaned from such enquiry are instrumental in identifying and eliminating the inner sources of anxiety, frustration, and discontent."--BOOK JACKET. "To place this training in its traditional context, Professor Wallace explains Tsongkhapa's methodology and presents an overview of Tsongkhapa's vision of reality."--BOOK JACKET. "The Bridge of Quiescence affords a bridge from Eastern meditative practice to Western philosophy, science, and religion. Wallace's discussion draws upon his knowledge of experimental psychology (such as sensory deprivation studies) and relates Tibetan meditation to discussions of consciousness by such Western thinkers as William James, William Christian, and John Searle."--BOOK JACKET
Genuine happiness : meditation as the path to fulfillment by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alan Wallace, scholar and longtime Buddhist practitioner, helps you embrace the joy within through the unique power of meditation. He describes a range of Tibetan meditation techniques from the simplest mindfulness of breathing to the exalted methods of Dzogchen. This book outlines the five essential Tibetan meditations that will help you achieve greater happiness
Choosing reality : a Buddhist view of physics and the mind by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Healing from the source : the science and lore of Tibetan medicine by Yeshi Dönden( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consciousness at the crossroads : conversations with the Dalai Lama on brain science and Buddhism by Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organized by the Mind and Life Institute, this discussion addresses some of the most troublesome questions that have driven a wedge between Western science and religion. Consciousness at the Crossroads resulted from meetings of the Dalai Lama and a group of eminent neuroscientists and psychiatrists. Is the mind an ephemeral side-effect of the brain's physical processes? Are there forms of consciousness so subtle that science has not yet identified them? How does consciousness happen? The Dalai Lama's incisive, clear approach and open-minded pursuit of knowledge both challenges and offers inspiration to Western scientists
The attention revolution : unlocking the power of the focused mind by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shamatha meditation is a method for achieving previously inconceivable levels of concentration. Author B. Alan Wallace, an active participant in the much-publicized dialogues between Buddhists and scholars, has more than 20 years' practice in the discipline, some of it under the guidance of the Dalai Lama. This book is a definitive presentation of his knowledge of shamatha. It is aimed at the contemporary seeker who is distracted and defocused by the dizzying pace of modern life, as well as those suffering from depression and other mental maladies. Beginning by addressing the inherent problems
Minding closely : the four applications of mindfulness by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the Buddha's four applications of mindfulness and explains the theory and practice of techniques for body and mind to follow the Buddhist path to enlightenment
Tibetan Buddhism from the ground up : a practical approach for modern life by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As long as our minds are dominated by the conditions of the external world, we are bound to remain in a state of dissatisfaction, always vulnerable to grief and fear. How then can we develop an inner sense of well-being and redefine our relationship to a world that seems unavoidably painful and unkind? Many have found a practical answer to that question in the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Here at last is an organized overview of these teachings, beginning with the basic themes of the sutras?the general discourses of the Buddha?and continuing through the esoteric concepts and advanced practices of Tantra. Unlike other introductions to Tibetan Buddhism, this accessible, enjoyable work doesn't stop with theory and history, but relates timeless spiritual principles to the pressing issues of modern life, both in terms of our daily experience and our uniquely Western world view. This fascinating, highly readable book asks neither unquestioning faith nor blind obedience to abstract concepts or religious beliefs. Rather, it challenges us to question and investigate life's issues for ourselves in the light of an ancient and effective approach to the sufferings and joys of the human condition
Dreaming yourself awake : lucid dreaming and Tibetan dream yoga for insight and transformation by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides instruction on how to use lucid dreaming to heighten creativity, solve problems, increase self-knowledge, and attain profound insight
Natural liberation : Padmasambhava's teachings on the six bardos by Karma-gliṅ-pa( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this Buddhist book, you will encounter rare teachings on how to turn each phase of life into a chance to experience an uncontrived and natural liberation. In life and in death, in meditation and in sleep, every transitional stage of consciousness, or bardo, provides an opportunity to overcome limitations, frustrations, and fears. Through the practical instructions in this book, you will learn how to enter into a profound and spontaneous state of freedom in all your activities."--BOOK JACKET
Stilling the mind : shamatha teachings from Düdjom Lingpa's Vajra essence by B. Alan Wallace( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Across more than a millenium, the lamas, meditators, and scholars of Tibet created a vast literature dedicated to revealing the profound truths about who we are and how we should make use of our lives. Sages living in mountain caves and monastics pursuing their daily rituals used these texts to wear down their obscurations and make space for innate clarity and wisdom to manifest. For those of us in the modern world with hectic lives, however, such teachings from another time and place can be nearly impenetrable. To approach them, we need a guide, a helping hand from someone who is like ourselv
Sleeping, dreaming and dying : an exploration of consciousness with the Dalai Lama by Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying is an absorbing account of the expanding dialogue between leading Western scientists and the foremost representative of Buddhism today, the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Revolving around three key moments of consciousness -- sleep, dreams, and death -- the conversations recorded here are both engrossing and highly readable. Narrated by Francisco Varela, an internationally recognized neuroscientist, the book begins with insightful remarks on the notion of personal identity by noted philosopher Charles Taylor, author of the acclaimed Sources of Self
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Contemplative science : where Buddhism and neuroscience converge
Alternative Names
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Gelong Jampa Kelsang

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Wallace Alan

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Wallace, Alan B.

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Wallace, B. Alan

Wallace B. Allan

Wallace, D. Alan

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월리스, B. 알란

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English (138)

Buddhism & science : breaking new groundHidden dimensions : the unification of physics and consciousnessEmbracing mind : the common ground of science and spiritualityThe bridge of quiescence : experiencing Tibetan Buddhist meditationGenuine happiness : meditation as the path to fulfillmentChoosing reality : a Buddhist view of physics and the mindHealing from the source : the science and lore of Tibetan medicineConsciousness at the crossroads : conversations with the Dalai Lama on brain science and Buddhism