Talks

The Contemplary’s program of talks are aimed at starting a public conversation about the social and moral importance of contemplation. We host speakers from all fields – philosophers, scientists, artists, and contemplatives themselves – to speak about the personal and political quandaries of our times.

Panel Discussion:
The Nature of Consciousness
July 15 (Canberra)

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Public Talk:
Alan Wallace on Tibetan Buddhism
July 25

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Held Previously

Panel Discussion:
On Ethics and Contemplation
April 4

In April 2017, The Contemplary hosted a panel discussion between Brennan McDavid, Simon Moyle and Edwin Ng at the Abbotsford Convent. Moderated by Tom Hardman this talk explored the relationship between ethics and contemplation in various traditions.

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In Conversation with a Contemplative:
Tara Choying Lhamo
March 21

In March 2016, The Contemplary hosted contemplative Tara Choying Lhamo at the Community Church of St Marks in Clifton Hill. Tara shared her experiences from spending the last 12 years in solo retreat in the Himalayan Mountains.

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Flourishing in the 21st Century: The Rise of Contemplative Science

In August 2016, The Contemplary, in cooperation with The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Positive Psychology, hosted Dr. B. Alan Wallace, who spoke on the topic: Flourishing in the 21st Century: The Rise of Contemplative Science.