Fathoming the Mind

Toward a Contemplative Revolution

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than
in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943)

For thousands of years, meditators within the great religious and philosophical traditions have taken the path of contemplation leading to profound and liberating discoveries about the nature of reality and the source of lasting wellbeing. However, there is currently no rigorous scientific data reporting on the insights and discoveries that may arise as result of sustained contemplative practice.

Now, a Centre for Contemplative Research (CCR) is being established to bring about “a new contemplative revolution, one that would be as far-reaching in its implications as the scientific revolutions triggered by the discoveries of Galileo, Darwin, and Einstein”

With the support of the Australian Contemplative Observatory and The Contemplary, Alan Wallace will present his vision for this new centre in conversation with Dr Catherine Koerner and Dr Anita Milicevic, inviting questions from the audience on this remarkable initiative.

How can science put contemplative experience under the microscope?  How might science itself be transformed by the challenge of studying non-physical phenomena? How could contemplative research into the depths and potentialities of consciousness advance the more prosaic science of wellbeing in everyday life?  How is Australia going to be involved in the work of the CCR?

This is a free event but registration is required.  Any donations and funds raised at this event will be forwarded to support the construction of the Centre for Contemplative Research which is to be located in Tuscany, Italy, where planning permission has recently been granted. The Centre for Contemplative Research is endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama:

Book Signing

Alan Wallace will be signing copies of his latest book (on sale on the evening) “Fathoming the Mind: Inquiry and Insight in Dudjom Lingpa’s Vajra Essence” All profits from book sales will be forwarded to the Centre for Contemplative Research.

Fathoming the Mind continues the commentary to Düdjom Lingpa’s Vajra Essence that appeared in Stilling the Mind, daringly contextualizing Buddhist teachings on the Great Perfection as a revolutionary challenge to many contemporary beliefs. This companion volume stems from an oral commentary that B. Alan Wallace gave to the next section of the Vajra Essence, on the cultivation of contemplative insight, or vipaśyanā, that fathoms the nature of existence as a whole. Düdjom Lingpa’s revelation consists of a fascinating dialogue that occurred during his pure vision of Samantabhadra, personification of primordial consciousness, manifesting as the youthful form of the Lake-born Vajra emanation of Padmasambhava, in dialogue with an entourage of bodhisattvas symbolizing various aspects of Düdjom Lingpa’s mind.

In continuing to reflect on Düdjom Lingpa’s writings and their relevance to the modern world, Wallace was inspired to elaborate extensively on his original commentary. This book includes introductory essays and an afterword, which explore how the insights discussed here might contribute to yet a new “contemplative revolution,” one that would be as far-reaching in its implications as the scientific revolutions triggered by the discoveries of Galileo, Darwin, and Einstein.